GALWAY’S FIRST Oscar Wilde Festival, celebrating the work of one of Ireland’s greatest writers, takes place this Saturday and Sunday.
The official launch will take place in Busker Browne’s upstairs hall on Saturday at 4pm, and will include an illustrated talk by writer and poet Gerard Hanberry on the Wilde family’s connections with Galway and the west of Ireland. The talk is based on Mr Hanberry’s book More Lives Than One – The Remarkable Wilde Family Through the Ages.
Later on Saturday, the Galway based Scottish writer Rab Fulton will perform his interpretation of Wilde’s epic poem, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’, in the Town Hall Theatre Studio at 8.30pm.
Cork University scholar and Wilde expert Eibhear Walshe will deliver a talk on Oscar Wilde and his fall from grace in Busker Browne’s Hall on Sunday at 2pm.
Dublin based actor Michael Judd will perform Micheal MacLiammoir’s The Importance of Being Oscar at a candlelit dinner and theatre show at the Harbour Hotel at 7.30pm. Contact the hotel for tickets which cost €30 for dinner and show.
The festival is organised by Sandra Coffey. For more information see www.oscar wildefestival.weebly.com