Joseph O’Connor performs at Royal Albert Hall for first Irish Presidential State visit

On Thursday 10 April, Joseph O’Connor was among the select group of Irish artistes onstage for an evening to celebrate the first ever State Visit to London of an Irish President.  Joseph read from his new novel THE THRILL OF IT ALL to a packed audience of 6,000.  Also onstage were Elvis Costello, Fiona Shaw, Imelda May and others.

The concert was the cultural highlight of the 4 day State visit by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina, to Britain as guests of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.  ‘Michael D.’ in his speech from the stage celebrated the ties between Britain and Ireland.

You can read Joe’s thoughts on the event in his article in last Saturday’s Guardian. Highlights from the program were also broadcast on BBC4 on 13 April; if you have access to iPlayer, you can watch them here.

Joseph O’Connor is the author of the internationally acclaimed, million copy seller, STAR OF THE SEA, as well as many other novels including GHOST LIGHT and REDEMPTION FALLS, and several short story collections. He was born in Dublin. THE THRILL OF IT ALL is his first contemporary novel for 15 years. A successful rock group formed at university, broke up in acrimony 20 years ago. A reunion concert forces them to face their demons, and their changed lives. It will be published by Harvill Secker next month.

 

Praise for Joseph O’Connor:

‘Joseph O’Connor is a fantastic writer…[STAR OF THE SEA] contains the whole echelon of society, as if Ireland actually is that creaking hull.’ -- David Morrissey, Actor, BAFTA winner

‘A fine storyteller’ – Sunday Times

‘The most exciting writer of his generation.’ -- Sue Leonard, The Irish Examiner

 

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Joseph O'Connor at Royal Albert Hall for President Michael Higgins’ State Visit

Joseph O’Connor will be performing on 10 April at The Royal Albert Hall for Ceiliúradh (Celebration), a concert in honour of President Higgins. This concert will be the cultural highlight of the 4 day State visit by President Higgins and his wife, Sabina, to Britain as guests of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. 

Special guests include Paul Brady, Imelda May, The Gloaming and Glen Hansard. Also participating will be the renowned actress Fiona Shaw as well as journalists/broadcasters Dermot O’Leary and Olivia O’Leary, and surprise guests to be announced on the night itself. 

Irish Ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall says, “Ireland and Britain are joined together by a two-way flow of influences in literature, theatre, music, song and dance. This event will celebrate the cultural connections between our two countries over the years.”

Joseph O’Connor is the author of the internationally acclaimed STAR OF THE SEA, as well as many other novels including GHOST LIGHT and REDEMPTION FALLS, and several short story collections. He was born in Dublin. His latest novel, THE THRILL OF IT ALL, will be published by Harvill Secker later this year.
 
Praise for Joseph O’Connor:

 ‘Joseph O’Connor is a fantastic writer…[STAR OF THE SEA] contains the whole echelon of society, as if Ireland actually is that creaking hull.’ -- David Morrissey, Actor, BAFTA winner

‘GHOST LIGHT displays an astonishing command of voice, using tones that are both tender and powerfully emotional, with a brilliant command of the period.’ – Colm Tóibín

‘Joseph O’Connor has the magic touch, he brings whole eras alive with a touch of his cycloramic pen.’ – Column McCann