Limerick, Ireland | 16 - 20 Oct 2019

Maeve in America

Maeve Higgins in conversation with Sinead Gleeson

Date : Tue 9 October
Venue : Dolans
Time : 8pm
Price : €10/12

Ireland has a long and distinguished history of writing New York into being, from Maeve Brennan in the pages of The New Yorker in the 1950s to Maeve Higgins in the New York Times today. We have an even longer tradition of sending our women to America to ‘find their fortune’, or at the very least their independence, starting with Annie Moore; the young Cork girl who was the very first passenger processed through Ellis Island in 1892. Much has changed in the last 126 years, but our best and brightest still head across the Atlantic in pursuit of the American dream.

Join Maeve Higgins as she talks with Irish writer, editor and journalist Sinéad Gleeson on what it means to be an ‘alien of extraordinary ability’ in the land of Donald Trump, getting ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, and how to co-host a podcast with Mary Robinson, while also reading from her new book; ‘Maeve in America; Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else’ – the story of how Maeve found herself, literally and figuratively, in New York City.

At once smart, curious, and humane, Maeve in America is a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a woman who aims for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. Here are stories of not being able to afford a dress for the ball, of learning to live with yourself while you’re still figuring out how to love yourself. Self-aware and laugh-out-loud funny, this collection is also a fearless exploration of the awkward questions in life, such as: is clapping too loudly at a gig a good enough reason to break up with somebody? Is it ever really possible to leave home?

About the Authors

Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and the host of the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, including in her native Ireland, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Erbil. Now based in New York, she co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and on WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens. Her book Maeve in America was published by Penguin Books in the USA this summer, and has been featured in People, Parade, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, and more.

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor and broadcaster, whose essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse and Banshee. Her short stories have been published in the anthologies Looking at the Stars, The Broken Spiral, Repeal the 8th and Being Various, Faber’s forthcoming collection of New Irish Writing. She is the editor of three short anthologies, including the award-winning collections The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, features 30 short stories, including work by Maeve Brennan, Anne Enright, Elizabeth Bowen, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney and more and 2016 anthology The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women from the North of Ireland, won Best Irish Published Book at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in 2016.

Sinéad regularly chairs panel discussions at arts festivals and has conducted public interviews with writers, film-directors, actors and musicians including Martin Amis, Edna O’Brien, Caitlin Moran, Ian McEwan, Donna Tartt, Sebastian Barry, Dylan Moran, Lynn Barber, Patrick deWitt, Daniel Woodrell, Kate Atkinson, Joseph O’Neill, Joanna Trollope, Ron Rash, Lenny Abrahamson, Judy Blume, Willy Vlautin, Aidan Gillen, Paul Murray, Lisa Hannigan, Alistair McLeod and Elizabeth Gilbert.

Her debut collection of essays, Constellations, will be published by Picador in Spring 2019.