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Contemporary Music Centre: Musical Tales One Dublin One Book Event

Presented by CMC in association with One Dublin One Book, this event features a programme of works curated by composer Jane O’Leary that resonate with the book, Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession, followed by a live panel discussion with the author and curator hosted by CMC’s Linda O’Shea Farren.

This online event took place on Thursday 8th April 2021 and includes works by composers Linda BuckleyGreg CaffreyBen DwyerDavid FennessyDeirdre McKay and Jonathan Nangle that were selected from CMC’s collection by composer curator Jane O’Leary based on connections with Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession, be it through themes, era, characters, places, ideas, sounds, images, etc.

Performances of these works are presented alongside readings by the author from the book that inspired their selection, together with contributions by the curator. The event also features specially produced films by filmmakers Jonathan Creasy and Tadhg O’Sullivan for three of the programmed works.

This event is supported by funding provided by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council.


Linda Buckley – exploding stars (2011)
Darragh Morgan – violin, Linda Buckley – electronics
Film commissioned by CMC and created by Tadhg O’Sullivan

Deirdre McKay – a pale yellow sky, mvts. 1 and 7 (2005)
Clíona Doris – harp
Work and film commissioned by The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University Belfast from 2005 featuring artworks by Jean Duncan

David Fennessy – Changeless and the changed (2014)
Alice Rickards – violin, Sonia Cromarty – cello
Film commissioned by CMC and created by Jonathan Creasy

Benjamin Dwyer – disjecta iii from five disjecta (after Beckett) (2019)
Benjamin Dwyer – guitar
Film commissioned by CMC and created by Jonathan Creasy

Jonathan Nangle – Mandala (2020)
Deirdre O’Leary – clarinet
Work commissioned, recorded and filmed for Music Network’s ‘Butterfly Sessions 2020’

Greg Caffrey – Bagatelle No. 2 (2019)
Matthew McAllister – guitar


Rónán Hession and Alex Barclay with Rick O’Shea

As part of Leonard And Hungry Paul being One Dublin One Book for 2021, Rick O’Shea hosts a discussion between writers Alex Barclay and Rónán Hession about characters and characterisation. What makes a memorable character? Where do characters come from? How to write light and dark characters? They also discuss setting and how they plot their books.

This was broadcast on 7th April 2021.

Little Museum of Dublin: Rónán Hession & Fíona Scarlett

Little Museum of Dublin, in association with One Dublin One Book, present authors Rónán Hession and Fíona Scarlett in conversation with Sarah Costigan. As part of the museum’s 120 Dublin Stories series, this conversation reflects on the idea of Dublin as a character and speak about themes such as friendship and outsiders as depicted in Leonard & Hungry Paul by One Dublin One Book author Rónán Hession, and in Fíona Scarlett’s debut novel Boys Don’t Cry.

Hosted by Little Museum of Dublin’s Sarah Costigan.

Intro music & animation by Mark Corry. Edited by Fiona Brennan.