An Béal Bocht: Screening and Lecture
Lecture on Flann O’Brien and the Poor Mouth by Seamas Mac Annaidh followed by a screening of the animated adaptation of this classic Irish novel. The lecture will be bi-lingual.
Published in 1941, Flann O’Brien’s comic novel An Béal Bocht belongs to genre of satire which from the earliest times, according to Jane Farnon, has maintained a very significant and feared position in Gaelic literature.
In his novel, Flann O’Brien “satirises the Gaelic writers, the Gaelic folklorists, the Literary Revival and the romanticised image of the peasant…the idyllic, pastoral, contented Gael which the Literary Revival had cultivated. He utilises all the tricks of the satirist; irony, word-play, inversion, paradox, the ridiculous, burlesque, exaggeration, parody, invective, and mockery.” Jane Farnon
Seamas Mac Annaidh’s lecture will be followed by a special screening of the animated version of An Béal Bocht. This Irish language animated short film was created in Derry by Raw Nerve Productions and De Facto Films. An Béal Bocht won the Animation Award at the 2018 Celtic Media Festival. The screening is supported by Anim18.