Solas Nua presents:
Is It About A Bicycle?: Writers In Conversation
Writer Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation with curator and Dr. Leo Mazow
In association with Global Irish Studies at Georgetown University
• This event took place on Sunday, 20th June 3 PM ET / 8 PM IST •
Is it About a Bicycle?: Writers in Conversation is a new series presented by Solas Nua that brings together contemporary Irish writers or writers based in Ireland, with leaders and experts from a variety of sectors to explore their shared interests across disciplines. The title comes from Flann O’Brien’s classic comic novel, The Third Policeman, a meandering tale about the nature of time, death, and the absurdity of human existence.
June brings us Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of The Narrow Land; an historical fiction about the artist Edward Hopper and his wife Jo Hopper. Christine will be in conversation with the curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leo Mazow.
Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist and short story writer. She has published eight novels, a short story collection and a full-length play. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines worldwide and have won several awards. Her latest novel The Narrow Land published by Atlantic UK, was the 2020 winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and was also the winner of the inaugural Dalkey Literary Award 2020. Her novel Tatty was Unesco One City One Book 2020. Her novels have been translated into several languages. She is a member of Aosdana and lives in Dublin.
Dr. Leo Mazow is the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). He is the contributing editor of Picturing the Banjo and the author of Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound—which won the Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art. Mazow has held a Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, where he began his book project, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel—which was also a VMFA exhibition in 2019–20. A practicing musician, he is organizing the exhibition and book The Art of the American Guitar, which will be on display at VMFA, and travel to the Frist Museum of Art in Nashville in 2022–23.
You can rewatch previous installments of Is It About A Bicycle? here:
• Adrian Duncan in conversation with artist and curator Michele Horrigan
• Sara Baume in conversation with filmmaker Pat Collins
All events are listed in Eastern Time and Irish Standard Time.