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Stewart Parker Book Launch, Hosted by Glenn Patterson


Autobiographical novel Hopdance published posthumously by The Lilliput Press

The late Stewart Parker's recently published autobiographical novel Hopdance will be celebrated with a reading and discussion hosted by author Glenn Patterson.

Parker, who died of cancer in 1988 at the age of 47, is chiefly remembered as the writer of such plays as Spokesong, Pentecost and Northern Star. But he began his career as a poet and writer of experimental prose, and Hopdance showcases the wordplay and rich sense of character for which his stage plays are known. The manuscript of Hopdance is housed at the Linen Hall.

Professor Marilynn Richtarik (Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga), and author of the critically acclaimed Stewart Parker: A Life (Oxford University Press, 2012), will read and talk about passages from the novel. Richtarik spent hundreds of hours preparing the mostly hand-written manuscript for publication. She is based in Northern Ireland this spring as a US Fulbright Scholar at Queen's University Belfast.