Resurrection Man Writer Eoin McNamee Announced for New Literature Series at Strand Arts Centre

The former Man Booker nominee will be the first guest of Sunday Salon which sees authors, poets and playwrights interviewed by Glenn Patterson

Belfast's Strand Arts Centre is launching a new monthly literature salon for authors, poets and playwrights – and those who just want to listen to what they have to say.

Sunday Salon, taking place on the second Sunday of each month, is in partnership with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. The first event, on November 12, will see Eoin NcNamee in conversation with Glenn Patterson.

McNamee's novels include Resurrection Man, later made into the 1998 film starring James Nesbitt, The Blue Tango, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Orchid Blue.

Mimi Turtle, Strand Arts Centre Chief Executive, said: 'Since we were established as a not-for-profit cinema and arts centre in 2013, we’ve had 50,000 people annually through our doors. Our exciting arts programme already includes live theatre and music events, Silver Screenings for older audiences and a weekly Minors Club of films and workshops for young people. We’re delighted to now be adding literature as a regular feature of our arts programming.

'I’m very grateful to author and screenwriter Glenn Patterson, a true champion of the Strand Arts Centre and the local arts scene, for curating our Sunday Salon. We couldn’t have asked for a better first guest than Eoin McNamee and we’re really looking forward to easing our way into Sunday mornings with some wonderful conversation, coffee and croissants!'

Also confirmed for Sunday Salon is poet and writer Gerald Dawe on December 10.

Admission is free but places are limited and booking is advised by phoning (028) 9065 5830 or online at www.strandartscentre.com.