“Crime Spraoi” is a book reading, a silent film screening and a jazz gig all rolled into one evening of comedic entertainment.
Unfortunately The Dock will be closed until the end of March. Please keep an eye on the website for further updates.
"Hollywood, 1923. Having ascended into the pantheon of America’s Most Wanted by dispatching his mortal foes to the holding pens where Cecil B. DeMille keeps his expendable extras, Irish bootlegger Rusty McGrew goes on the lam with the shimmering goddess Vanessa Hopgood, her enraptured swain Sir Archibald l’Estrange-B’stard, and Edward ‘Bugs’ Dooley, the hapless motion picture playwright who has stepped through the looking-glass into his very own Jazz Age adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress."
Author Declan Burke’s most recent novel The Lammisters has been described as “a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 and was selected as one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2019. Set in Hollywood, 1923, The Lammisters is a comic novel that will, in the author’s words, likely be declared a wholly original comedy classic by anyone who has yet to read Flann O’Brien, Jane Austen, PG Wodehouse or Laurence Sterne.
Rather than present you with just a conventional reading by the author we have decided to have a bit of fun and introduce some jazz excess of our own to proceedings!
Declan will join us in The Dock for a special evening that will include a classic silent film from the era complete with live smooth jazz from Ciaran Wilde and Jaimie Carswell and a performed reading from and talk about 'The Lammisters' as comic crime fiction. A renowned critic in his own right Declan will also discuss the influence of the surreal humour of Flann O'Brien, Sam Beckett, Laurence Sterne, Jonathan Swift and others, and why he thinks they're the ideal literary models for the world we're living in today.
We might even serve some cocktails in the bar!
Please be aware that from Monday 10th February there will be water main replacement works taking place in Carrick-on-Shannon, along St George’s Terrace, the approach to The Dock.
This may have an impact on access to The Dock and on parking in the vicinity of the building. We would advise you to factor this possible delay into your journey time to The Dock.