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CANCELLED Colum McCann: TransAtlantic

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Free Event

This event has been cancelled as Colum McCann is no longer able to include Bristol in his UK tour. All ticket holders have been sent an email via Eventbrite.

1919. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. Among the mail being carried on the aircraft is a letter which will not be opened for almost one hundred years.

1998. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached? 1845. Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. On his travels he inspires a young maid to travel to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfill its promises for her. From the violent battlefields of the Civil War to the ice lakes of northern Missouri, it is her youngest daughter Emily who eventually finds her way back to Ireland.

Can we cross from the new world to the old? How does the past shape the future? In TransAtlantic National Book Award-winning Colum McCann has achieved an outstanding act of literary bravura. Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting it weaves together personal stories to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.

Colum McCann, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. His fiction has won numerous international literary awards and been published in thirty-five languages. Visit his website at www.colummccann.com.

 

In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

 

This event has been cancelled as Colum McCann is no longer able to include Bristol in his UK tour. All ticket holders have been sent an email via Eventbrite.

 

 

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