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Podcast Episode 12
12:01pm

Poguemahone

with Patrick McCabe
Hosted by Neil Wilson

Poguemahone

with Patrick McCabe
Hosted by Neil Wilson
7
Tuesday
Jun
12:01pm
Patrick McCabe

The Festival’s Neil Wilson sits down with Patrick McCabe for a conversation about his latest, Poguemahone , an epic reinvention of the verse novel that combines Modernist fragmentation and Beat spontaneity with Irish folklore, then douses it in whiskey and sets it on fire. 

 

Poguemahone is a swirling, psychedelic, bleakly funny fugue by the Booker-shortlisted author of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto.

 

Una Fogarty, suffering from dementia in a seaside nursing home, would be all alone without her brother Dan, whose epic free-verse monologue tells their family story. Exile from Ireland and immigrant life in England. Their mother’s trials as a call girl. Young Una’s search for love in a seemingly haunted hippie squat, and the two-timing Scottish stoner poet she’ll never get over. Now she sits outside in the sun as her memories unspool from Dan’s mouth and his own role in the tale grows ever stranger— and more sinister.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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