Sara Baume: The Alphabet of Birds

26 Oct 2023, 6:30 PM

Let’s get straight to it, before we divert you

How much is the ticket? CZK 150 | students, seniors CZK 100 | DOX Club Members free of charge

Gulliver Airship
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
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A multimedia performance of a lyrical essay about the importance of impractical labour and compulsive creativity by acclaimed writer and artist Sara Baume. A child at Sunday mass and sea swimming; bird alphabets and stone collecting; Goya, Monet and conceptual art; insomnia, parental love and grief, joined in a spellbinding meditation on our obsessions and passions – the multitude of rituals that fill our daily lives with meaning. 

Baume’s live performance is accompanied by four short documentaries depicting contemporary artists and a musician at work on land and sea in Ireland. A debate with the author and the translator of her novels into Czech, Alice Hyrmanová McElveen, moderated by Ondřej Pilný, will follow after the show.

Writer: Sara Baume
Music: Howlbux – Irene Buckley and Elaine Howley
Featured Artists: Natalia Beylis, Gary Coyle, Laura Fitzgerald, Sara Baume
Film Director: Jamie Goldrick
Artistic Director: Brendan Mac Evilly

Sara Baume is the author of three novels, Spill Simmer Falter Wither (2015, CZ Jasno lepo podstín zhyna, 2016, winner of a Magnesia Litera award), A Line Made by Walking (2017, CZ Vyšlapaná čára, 2018) and Seven Steeples (2022, CZ Sedm věží, 2022). Her first book of non-fiction, Handiwork, appeared in 2020. Sara Baume is the recipient of the Rooney Prize for Literature, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and other prestigious literary awards.  In 2023 she was named one of Granta magazine’s ‘Best Young British Novelists.’ Her debut solo exhibition, Devotions, Keepsakes and Talismans, took place in the Morley Gallery (London) in 2018. She lives in West Cork, Ireland.

Prague performance supported by: The ESP-Irish Studies programme of the Government of Ireland and the Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University