Edinburgh fans of Roddy Doyle and The Commitments are in for a treat

BEST known for his 1987 novel and 1991 movie The Commitments, Roddy Doyle is widely regarded today as Ireland’s best loved writer.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 4:55 pm
Roddy Doyle

Conversations with Roddy Doyle will bring the author to the Capital next year, when he stops off at the Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, on 12 March 2020. On the night, Doyle will discuss his work in an intimate and entertaining evening of sprawling conversation, with various special guest interviewers.

Doyle’s writing is immediately recognisable for his rich humour, unique use of dialogue and contemporary references. Credited with having reinvented the modern Irish novel, he presents difficult critical social and historical issues in a concise and accessible form. His work inimitably portrays the experiences of everyday Irish life - and he has even managed to persuade quite a few people that Mustang Sally is a traditional Irish song.

With a chance to hear the man himself read from such books as The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and A Star Called Henry, this will be an evening not to be missed.

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He says, “Over the years, what I've always enjoyed most about book events is the conversation, and the unpredictability of the questions. I recently saw a list of the work I've produced in the 33 years since The Commitments was published. It's a long list; there'll be plenty to talk about.”

In that time Doyle has written 11 novels, two collections of stories, a memoir of his parents, eight children’s books, a number of plays and screenplays and an opera translation.

He also co-wrote The Second Half with ex-footballer Roy Keane.

Doyle's many awards include the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993) and the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Commitments.

Tickets for Conversations with Roddy Doyle are on sale priced £20 from https://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/conversations-roddy-doyle