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Reconstructions: The Troubles in Photographs and Words Book Launch
November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
No Alibis Bookstore in association with Merrion Press invite you to the launch of,
Reconstructions: The Troubles in Photographs and Words
Words by Steafán Hanvey
Photographs by Bobbie Hanvey
Special Guest speaker Adrian Dunbar
Irish Academic Press presents the launch of Reconstructions, a unique photo-poetry book celebrating the art of two intertwined lives by going behind the photographs that defined the Northern Ireland Troubles. Words by Steafán Hanvey and photographs by Bobbie Hanvey.
World-renowned Northern Irish photographer, Bobbie Hanvey, captured some of The Troubles’ most defining and devastating moments. Bobbie is lauded as much for these photographs as he is for his iconic portraits of figures like Seamus Heaney, Gerry Adams, Brian Friel, and Ian Paisley.
In Reconstructions, these photographs take on even greater resonance when set in context by Bobbie’s eldest son, singer-songwriter and poet, Steafán Hanvey. Inspired by the photographs, he often witnessed coming to life in the darkroom, Steafán’s memories of a childhood less ordinary are presented in a lyric poetry filled with startling imagery and insights that capture the wit, cadences, anguish, and dreams of the people of Northern Ireland.
Reconstructions daringly conflates the public and the private, and acts as a timely reminder of just how futile and unnecessary internecine conflict really is. But most of all, Bobbie and Steafán, father and son, have produced a book that is a testament to the strength and resilience of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.