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Banville in conversation with Olivia O'Leary

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John Banville

John Banville will be in conversation next Wednesday at 6.00pm at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, with Olivia O’Leary. 

He will talk about Holy Orders, his new Benjamin Black crime novel, the seventh written under in his crime-writing alias. 

The Wexford-born writer will also talk about the forthcoming BBC TV series, Quirke, which is based on preceding novels in the series and which was filmed in Dublin. It stars Gabriel Byrne in the title role. Byrne also starred in another Banville scripted film, an adapation of his novella, The Newton Letter, which was made for Channel 4. 

Also under discussion at Smock Alley will be the much-anticipated film adaptation of Banville's novel The Sea, which opens in Irish cinemas in the autumn

Filming took place last summer in a variety of locations, including Ballygarret, County Wexford, made over to resemble an Irish seaside village of fifty years ago.

The fictional village in The Sea - novel and film was in large part inspired by Rosslare, much further down the Wexford coast, where the 67-year old author spent his summer holidays as a boy. The Sea won the Man Booker Prize in 2005.

"Film scripts, even the best of them, are dull things, " Banville writes in today's Irish Times. "They have to be: it is for the directors, cast and crew to give them substance. People ask me repeatedly if I am not horrified at times to see what has been made of this or that script of mine. I answer that, on the contrary, as I am incurably screen-struck, I watch “my” films in a state of befuddled enchantment, filled with wonder at the spectacle of “my” creatures walking and talking in the screen’s vast and shimmering light."

The Smock Alley event will be followed by a book signing and wine reception. Tickets €5 from the Gutter Bookshop (01-6799216) and Smock Alley Theatre (01-6770014)

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