Haunted Homes: The Contemporary Uncanny in Words, Music and Peformance

The Ballroom, 8pm Friday October 27th

For her final event as 2017 Farmleigh Writer-in-Residence, Mia Gallagher invites you to join her for a special Hallowe’en-tide evening that will cast a strange new light on the realm of the uncanny. Offering their uniquely contemporary visions of hauntings, longings, obsessions – and the creatures of the night that get under your skin and into your soul – will be some of Ireland’s most exciting talents in the worlds of literature, music and theatre. The line-up includes spell-binding singer/actor Bronagh Gallagher (who first sprang to fame in The Commitments), darkly bewitching writer June Caldwell, whose sensational debut Room Little Darker has been garnering acclaim and readers in equally impressive measure, and a short extract from Philip St John’s marvellously creepy and beguiling play,  ‘Temptress’.

Dressing-up is encouraged. Come as your favourite ghost, monster, sorceress or other dark thing.

This event is FREE to attend. To apply for tickets click here farmleighinfo@opw.ie

Winners will receive two free tickets. Please note that only winners will be notified.

The closing date for the ticket entry is Monday 16th October at 5pm.

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Bronagh Gallagher was raised in Derry and now lives in Dublin. At the age of 17 she was cast as Bernie McGloughlin in Alan Parker’s The Commitments. Since then she has alternated her work as an actor in theatre, TV and film (most memorably Pulp Fiction and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace) with her music. Described by Brian Eno as ‘one of the purest, clearest talents I know, a fabulous singer, bursting with raw Irish soul’, Bronagh’s first album was the Meteor-nominated ‘Precious Soul’, followed by her second album ‘Bronagh Gallagher’. Bronagh and her band have just released their third album Gather Your Greatness’ and are currently on tour in the UK & Ireland. For Haunted Homes, Bronagh will be accompanied by her long-time musical collaborators: renowned guitarist/producer Conor Brady and multi-talented pianist/composer Cian Boylan, who on the night will be playing Farmleigh’s magnificent grand piano.

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Philip St John’s plays have won international awards and been performed in Dublin, Italy, The Philippines and elsewhere. His next play The Restoration of Hope opens at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray in November, then runs for a month at The New Theatre in Dublin. Philip’s fiction has been published in New Irish Writing and various anthologies, and he has twice received Arts Council Literature Bursaries.

Temptress, Philip’s most recent play, is a startling new take on the Irish ghost story. Set in an eerie old house in Wicklow, it follows an increasingly troubled encounter between two men. Middle-aged Pete has come to rescue young Noel from his deadly obsession with a ‘Temptress’. But is Pete the rock of sense he claims to be? And does the Temptress really exist only inside Noel’s mind? Described by critics as ‘enthralling’, ‘tense and clever’ and ‘deftly directed, exquisitely written, with two crowning performances’, it’s not surprising that Temptress was a big hit on its initial run in 2015 in Bray and Dublin. Joining Philip at Farmleigh will be director Matthew Ralli and actor Paul Kealyn.

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June Caldwell worked for many years as a freelance journalist and now writes fiction. Room Little Darker, her acclaimed collection of short stories, was published by New Island Books in May 2017. Her story ‘SOMAT’ was published in the award-winning anthology The Long Gaze Back, and was chosen as a favourite by The Sunday Times. Widely published, she is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and has been shortlisted for many others including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, the Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award, the Lorian Hemingway Prize, and the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize.


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Mia Gallagher is the author of two acclaimed novels – HellFire (Penguin, 2006) and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016). Her award-winning short fiction has been internationally published and anthologised and a collection of her stories will be published by New Island in 2018. Mia was recently awarded a Literature Bursary to develop a new novel. A long-time fan of the uncanny, creepy and unsettling, Mia was guest-editor of the Stinging Fly’s Winter 2016/2017 issue Fear & Fantasy, and is now one of the Stinging Fly’s new contributing editors. Mia has also written and performed professionally for the stage.

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