Celtic Connections

Readings by Amy Liptrot and Conor Jack Creighton

Words By Alex Rennie
Photos By Lisa Swarna Khanna

Date: 12/08/16
Venue: Shakespeare & Sons
Time: 20:00

It’s fast approaching a year since Warschauer Strasse’s beloved book emporium hosted a reading. Shakespeare and Sons will soon be remedying that dearth though as they welcome Scottish memoirist Amy Liptrot and Irish author Conor Jack Creighton to the store for an evening of earnest oratory. Published earlier this year, Liptrot’s debut “The Outrun” won instant acclaim for its lucid portrayal of alcoholism. Set in the stark environs of her native Orkney Island home, the book, which charts her personal battle with the addiction, is a raw and laudably honest read.

Her work is up for the Wainwright Prize and was also nominated for Wellcome Book Prize. Representing the other half of what’s set to be particularly Gaelic affair is Creighton and his idiosyncratic account of being a young Irishman in Berlin. Brimming with eccentric escapades, the Vice journo’s “Strange Love” is a wry tale of romance and discovery that shares a certain something in common with the beatnik days of yesteryear. If the bibliophilic pull wasn’t strong enough, there’ll be a Q&A session with the writers too.

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