Mary Morrissy: Penelope Unbound

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Friday 19 July 2024

10:00 am

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In Penelope Unbound, Mary Morrissy weaves a spellbinding speculative history. By unhooking Norah Barnacle from her famous husband James Joyce, Mary gives her a compelling new voice, with heartbreak and humanity all her own. Sensual, inventive and uproariously funny, Penelope Unbound reimagines a Joycean heroine for the 21st century.

Mary will be in conversation with Sue Leonard.

Admission: €12

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On their arrival in Trieste in 1904, James Joyce left Norah Barnacle outside a railway station while he went to scare up money. He got embroiled in a fight with a couple of sailors and was locked up for his troubles. A penniless Norah was left alone for almost an entire day and night sitting on their suitcases at the station in a city where she knew no one and where she didn’t speak the language. In real life, Norah waited for him. This novel asks – what if she hadn’t?



Mary Morrissy

Dublin-born Mary Morrissy is the author of four novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender The Rising of Bella Casey and Penelope Unbound and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye...

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Sue Leonard

A Journalist and Ghostwriter, Sue Leonard is the co-author of twelve books including two number one best-sellers. If Memory Serves Me Wrong, co-written with the former actor and Riverdance manager, Ronan...

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