Workshop: Life Writing

Pádraig Ó SiadhailPádraig Ó Siadhail, Katherine Hughes: A Life and a Journey, delivers a free, public writing workshop – Life Writing: from biography to fiction; and from Irish to English. 5pm Thursday. April 28 at the Saint John Free Public Library, Market Square.

Drawing on his experiences as an Irish-language fiction writer and biographer who chose to write his Katherine Hughes’ biography in English, Pádraig Ó Siadhail will share his insights into writing in two languages and in recreating Hughes’ life as fiction in Irish (Beirt Bhan Mhisniúla, 2011) and as biography in English.

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Pádraig Ó Siadhail was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1957, and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a scholar and writer and has published prolifically in the Irish language.

He is an Associate Professor and holder of the D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a past president of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies.

His most recent novel, Beirt Bhan Mhisniúla (2011), recreates the friendship and literary collaboration between Katherine Hughes and Pádraic Ó Conaire, the most important Irish-language writer in the early decades of the twentieth century. He published a biography of Katherine Hughes (1876-1925), a Canadian-born Irish Republican activist and propagandist.

“Beirt Bhan Mhisniúla is a fascinating read in its own right but for anybody interested in the life or work of Pádraic Ó Conaire it is a must.” Des Kenny, Galway Advertiser