Toolis to tour Mayo talking about new book

Author Kevin Toolis will be speaking in four different venues around Mayo next week.

Author Kevin Toolis will be speaking in four different venues around Mayo next week.

Acclaimed author and filmmaker Kevin Toolis will be on a speaking tour around Mayo next week.

Toolis will be speaking about his latest book, My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach us to Live, Love and Die - in Achill, Westport, Ballina, and Charlestown.

His latest volume is an an intimate, eye-witness account of the death and wake of his father, and explores the wider history of the Irish wake. With an uplifting, positive, message at its heart, My Father's Wake celebrates the spiritual depth of the Irish wake and shows how we too can find a better way to deal with our mortality, by living and loving in the acceptance of death.

Toolis is the author of an acclaimed chronicle of Ireland's Troubles, Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA's Soul. He is an acknowledged terrorism expert and has studied and reported on conflicts in Africa, Ireland, and the Middle East. As a filmmaker he has won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama and was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary on the Middle East, The Cult of the Suicide Bomber. He is also the playwright of the London West End political satire The Confessions of Gordon Brown.

He will be in Achill Library on Tuesday February 13, Westport Library on Wednesday February 14, Ballina Library on Thursday February 15, and Charlestown Library on Friday February 16. All of the events will get under way at 7pm.

For more information on the talks call Westport Library on (098 ) 25747.

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