Sebastian Barry: Tales from an Uncivil War

Fri 28 Aug 17:30 - 18:30

The New York Times Main Theatre Online

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Sebastian Barry: Tales from an Uncivil War

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In his beautiful and unforgettable novel Days Without End, Sebastian Barry continued his epic examination of the Irish experience, this time in Midwest America with the story of a recently-emigrated Thomas McNulty and his lover John Cole.

Now, with the publication of A Thousand Moons, Barry takes up the story of Thomas and John’s adopted daughter Winona, a young Lakota girl, rescued following the massacre of her tribe – victims of the civil war between Union and Confederate armies. In giving this young Indigenous woman a voice, Barry expands and deepens his engagement with a group of ‘nothing people’ – overlooked by conventional histories. He also applies his extraordinary talents as a prose-writer to evoke the almost unimaginable pain of loss that Winona has endured in her short life.

A Thousand Moons is a luminous, courageous novel that lingers long in the mind and we’re delighted that Sebastian Barry joins us to discuss it with literary agent Jenny Brown.

This is a live event, with an author Q&A.

Part of our Ground-breaking Voices in Literature festival theme.

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