This one-off special tells the story of the remarkable life and times of the late writer Aidan Higgins, left, with his partner, Alannah Hopkin. Perhaps best known for his 1966 novel Langrishe, Go Down, which won the James Tait Black Prize for fiction, his many works continue to mesmerise readers. Aidan was born in Celbridge, Co Kildare in 1927, and attended Clongowes Wood College, from 1942 to 1946. As we discover, his upbringing played a huge influence on the works he would go on to pen – including his autobiographies: Donkey’s Years, Dog Days and the Whole Hog.
Read by Barry McGovern
Read by Marion O’Dwyer
Read by Pat Laffan
Thursday 10 October 2019, 18:00
I am pleased to able to announce – and attend in person – this showing of Where Would You Like The Bullet? in The Gate.
You can book your ticket and find out more here.
Look forward to seeing you there!
A documentary on the life and work of one of Ireland’s greatest prose writers Aidan Higgins (1927 – 2015). The film traces his extraordinary life from his birthplace in Celbridge, his years in London, Berlin, and Kinsale; his triumphs and failures; his travels in quest of what he termed “a trade recondite as Falconry”, the dedicated writer’s life. Director Neil Donnelly will attend the screening.
A Television Documentary on Celbridge-born writer Aidan Higgins.
“A short promo for the upcoming documentary about Celbridge born author Aidan Higgins. This stylised documentary by Neil Donnnelly, looks at the work and life of the critically acclaimed writer whose novels, short stories and radio plays saw him compared to Joyce, Beckett and Flann O; Brien.
His books ‘Langrishe go Down’, ‘Balcony of Europe’, ‘Lions of the Grunewald’ and many others still sell to a growing group of dedicated readers and his cinematic tone and modernist style suggest that now, two years after his death, Aidan Higgins is a man whose time has finally come.”
Seamus Callagy, Editor