Friday 29th March 2019, in Monroe’s, Galway.6-8pm.
Anne McCabe’s new novel, ‘So Much at One’ is a story about loss and longing in a life of celibacy. It tells the story of a monk in an enclosed order who meets a vulnerable younger woman on retreat. He helps her on her journey of faith leading to unexpected personal consequences. The book’s title is taken from a Yeats poem about loss and longing.
This story of a monk who falls in love is a topical subject, and is treated here with care and sensitivity. The story brings us from the confines of the monastery to the streets of Paris leading to a twist of fate you don’t quite expect.
The publication of this new novel, ‘So Much At One’, has been made possible by Books@One, a community bookshop and social enterprise in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.
Anne was inspired by the medieval French love affair of ‘Héloise and Abélard’ which is referenced in the book, but also by visits to monasteries over the years for time out from her busy job.
Anne McCabe wrote her first novel ‘Under the Avalanche’ six years ago. The story was set in a valley in Wicklow and was inspired by the Kerry Babies mystery and subsequent tribunal to explore attitudes to secret pregnancies, secrets and shame.
McCabe, who won a Jacob’s TV Award, was the R.T.E producer who reported on the Kerry case at the time. She worked in R.T.E. for many years where she directed TV dramas, with Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Cunningham among others. She came west as part of the start-up team for TG4.
Since the publication of her first novel, Anne worked as Artistic Director at the Taibhdhearc for five years. She’s currently working with the theatre collective ‘Giorria’ which will present a work-in-progress for the Galway Theatre Festival in May.
‘SO MUCH AT ONE’ is her second novel and it will be launched at Monroe’s, in Mc Bride’s Side Bar, with readings and entertainment. Copies of the book ‘So Much at One’ will be on sale.
That’s in McBride’s, (Monroe’s Side Bar) Dominick Street, on Friday 29th March at 6.00-8.00 pm.
All are welcome.
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