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A hundred years ago this year saw the birth of Brendan Behan (1923-1964), the celebrated Dublin writer of plays, poetry, and prose. Behan was born into a working-class republican family, who gave him a love of literature and music, a rich tradition that he embraced throughout life. Behan lived his life to the beat of political struggles that often inspired his writing. His multifaceted body of work is translated worldwide, engaging new audiences who continue to discover the importance and deep humanity of this Irish writer.

From 15 to 18 November, celebrate one of Ireland's most beloved writers and, more specifically, his connection to the City of Light. Told through film, songs, discussions and readings, the lesser-known story of Behan in Paris is one of early literary achievements in the excitement of the post-war period as well as creative affinities with French authors. The recognition that Behan received here, combined with the intellectual freedom he experienced, stimulated his creativity that would lead to some of his major writings.

_ Wednesday 15 November at 7.30pm: Screening of the documentary "The Laughing Boy," in the presence of director Alan Gilsenan and narrator Theo Dorgan.

_ Friday 17 November at 7.30pm: Gaulín Traditional Singers' Club hosted by Macdara Yeates

_ Saturday 18 November from 2pm to 6pm: A stimulating and entertaining afternoon of readings, discussions and music exploring Behan’s relationship with Paris. Featuring Blanaid Behan Walker, Deirdre McMahon, Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Ciaran Farrell, Virginie Roche-Tiengo, John Brannigan, Jack O’Rourke and Macdara Yeates.

_ Saturday 18 November at 7.30pm: Concert by singer-songwriter Jack O'Rourke.

Event conceived by Deirdre McMahon and presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland.