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TOMORROW: Irish Evening w/ Hugo Hamilton & Music by The Narrowbacks

HoCoPoLitSo’s 34th Annual Evening of Irish Music & Writing will be held tomorrow evening in Smith Theatre at the Horowitz Performing Art Center on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Show time is 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door; the lobby opens at 7pm, seating starts at 7:15.

Hugo Hamilton, author of The Speckled People, Sad Bastard and Headbanger.

The evening features a reading by novelist and memoirist Hugo Hamilton, followed by traditional and original Irish music of The Narrowbacks – Terry Winch, Jesse Winch, Brendan Mulvihill, Linda Hickman and Eileen (Korn) Estes – who will be joined at times by step dancers from the  Caulkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

The event, a fundraiser for HoCoPoLitSo, will feature a raffle of three different baskets*, two Irish themed and one themed for the upcoming Blackbird Poetry Festival (April 26). Among the raffle items: two tickets to attend brunch with Mr. Hamilton and the HoCoPoLitSo board the following morning. This year’s evening also features the return of ‘the bar’, an intermission drink selection including Guinness, Harp, and Irish coffee.

Read Columbia Flier critic Mike Giuliano’s preview article of the occasion.

NEW LOCATION:  Note the location of this year’s Irish Evening differs from recent years. Directions to Smith Theatre can be found here.

*Items may vary slightly than those listed in the linked image.

Now online: Belinda McKeon in Conversation with Colm Tóibín on HoCoPoLitSo’s The Writing Life.

The episode of HoCoPoLitSo’s TV show The Writing Life, featuring Belinda McKeon hosting Colm Tóibín, is available through February for online viewing at http://www.howardcc.edu/Visitors/hcctv/programming/writinglife.html. In town for the 33rd annual Evening of Irish Music & Writing this time last year, the two sat down to have a literary conversation in Howard Community College’s TV studio. Through the half hour, they discuss Tóibín’s books and shed light on his work as a writer.

Tóibín’s list of achievements is long, his talent, vast. He is known and awarded for his novels and short stories and for his journalism and literary criticism, as well. This was his second appearance for HoCoPoLitSo’s Irish Evening.

Belinda McKeon reading the Form and Structure issue of Little Patuxent Review.

Playwright and novelist Belinda McKeon’s debut novel Solace, published last year, has won the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year (2011) and Ireland’s Sunday Independent recognized her with its Best Newcomer Award.

The annual Irish Evening is a perennial favorite and a highpoint to each HoCoPoLitSo season. This year a reading by memoirist and novelist Hugo Hamilton will be followed by the Irish music of the Narrowbacks accompanied by traditional Irish step dancers on Friday, February 17th at Smith Theater on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets online.

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Watch the episode: http://www.howardcc.edu/Visitors/hcctv/programming/writinglife.html

Note: this episode aired on the Howard Community Website for the month of February 2012. Episodes are featured on that site for a month at time, each new month brings a new episode or encore performance. To visit a growing and permanent archive of The Writing Life episodes online, visit the HoCoPoLitSo YouTube Channel.

Hugo Hamilton Makes an Appearance in Howard Magazine

Check it out: Hugo Hamilton leans out of the latest Howard Magazine calendar in dramatic fashion. He will be reading as a part of HoCoPoLitSo’s 34 Annual Irish Evening fundraiser on February 17th. Tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/211558

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