Books and Beer: Lisa McInerney in conversation with David Keenan
Last year Lisa became a Dulwich Books bestseller when her hard-hitting debut The Glorious Heresies won the Bailey’s Prize for fiction written by women. A tale of organised crime and less organised families, set in the ‘arse end of Ireland’, Lisa’s new novel revisits the characters of The Glorious Heresies. It continues the story of twenty-year-old Ryan Cusack, who struggles to make his way out of the drug world and follow his desire to become a DJ.
Lisa will be in conversation with David Keenan, long-time music critic and author of the extraordinary This Is Memorial Device. Lisa herself has described David’s debut novel as “an incredible book, savage and tender and poignant and mad”. A hallucinated oral history of a Scottish post-punk scene that never existed, the book’s 26 chapters each set out the fictional recollections of one person who was there to witness this most obscure explosion of culture. The effect is a story drawn together from fragments – from memories that might be hallucinations and from local legends that might be apocryphal.
The evening will be lubricated by a selection of local craft beers from Gipsy Hill Brewery. PLEASE NOTE: we recommend arriving at 18.30 to try the beer and get a good seat. The event will start promptly at 19.00.
Dulwich Books is a short walk from West Dulwich railway station and on the number 3 bus route from Brixton.