Councillor John Boyle, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, will launch Makaronik at an event in the Whittaker Suite, Guildhall, Derry City on Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. Anne Craig, formerly a producer with BBC Gaeilge, will speak at the launch and the author Dave Duggan will read an excerpt from the novel.
(Makaronik will also be launched in Belfast on Saturday, 27 October in An Chultúrlann)
Makaronik is a novel, written in the Irish language and set in the year 2584, in a data subcentre in Derry, on the outskirts of the Empire. Duty and loyalty are valued above all else in the Empire. The word ‘choice’ does not exist in Empirish, the language of the Empire.
Diarmuid and Gráinne, two middle-grade officers of the Empire, are sent to close the data subcentre and to bring the entry-level officer, Makaronik, back to the Centre. That’s their duty. They don’t have a choice. But Makaronik refuses to go with them. Does she have a choice?
Dave Duggan is a novelist and playwright and lives in Derry. His theatre work has been seen in Ireland, Edinburgh, Liverpool, New York and Afghanistan. His latest play, which features jazz music, is CHEZZIE’S CHANCE (Blue Eagle Productions, 2018), was well-received at its début staging during the Derry Jazz Festival. He wrote GRUAGAIRÍ (2007), which won an award from the Stewart Parker Trust, and MAKARONIK (2014) for the Aisling Ghéar theatre company. His film and television work includes DANCE LEXIE DANCE (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996), which was nominated for an Oscar. His second novel is A SUDDEN SUN (Guildhall Press, 2012) and his most recent book is RELATED LIVES – An imagined memoir (Guildhall Press, 2016). He blogs at breathingwithalimp.co.uk.