Irish actor, comedian and writer Ardal O’Hanlon joins us to talk about his work, the power of satire and dark humour, and his latest novel Brouhaha. In a border town in Ireland, the death of Dove Connolly brings to the surface long unanswered questions about the disappearance of teenager Sandra Mohan a decade earlier. As Dove’s best friend Sharkey searches for answers in a place reluctant to give up its secrets, questions about whether peace is possible, for the town and the country, rise to the surface.
Ardal played Detective Jack Mooney in Death in Paradise, Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted, and has featured in several television series including My Hero, Taskmaster and Derry Girls. Presented by Manchester Literature Festival and hosted by Caroline Magennis, Reader in 20th and 21st Century Literature at the University of Salford.
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About Manchester Literature Festival
Friendship. Family. Joy. Grief. Community. Solidarity. Imagination. Love. These are some of the things that united us the last few years and they’re themes that run through the 2022 Manchester Literature Festival programme. From master novelists Maggie O’Farrell, Damon Galgut, Kamila Shamsie, A.M. Homes, George Saunders and Jon McGregor to emerging writers Okechukwu Nzelu and Yara Rodrigues Fowler. Guest actors, scriptwriters and broadcasters Rob Delaney, Ruth Jones, Sheila Hancock and Nihal Arthanayake all grace the MLF stage to share their unique experiences and insights on these subjects too.
Exploring our history. Looking at what divides us and brings us together. Celebrating our pioneers and change-makers. These are also themes at the heart of this year’s Festival and events with historian David Olusoga, musician Cosey Fanni Tutti, fashion icon Edward Enninful, novelists Mariana Enriquez & Max Porter, Juan Pablo Villalobos & Paulo Scott, poets Inua Ellams & Yomi Sode, Roger Robinson & Johny Pitts and more. We hope you’ll join us to listen to their stories and discover some new favourite writers. See the full programme here.