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Blending stories and music in a fond look at romance and courtship, house-dances, dowries and matchmaking as recollected by an earlier generation

May 2015

'Old Flames', by writer Brian Leyden, was commissioned for Bealtaine 2015 by the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo Arts Services, with funding from Sligo County Council, HSE West and the Arts Council of Ireland. The production blended stories and music in a fond look at romance and courtship, house-dances, dowries and matchmaking as recollected by an earlier generation. 

Brian Leyden has published the bestselling memoir 'The Home Place', the short story collection 'Departures' and the novel 'Death and Plenty'. He won the RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Short Story Award in 1988 for ‘The Last Mining Village’. He has written extensively about his home area for RTÉ's Sunday Miscellany. His radio documentary work includes 'No Meadows in Manhattan', 'Even the Walls Were Sweatin’','The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon' and 'An Irish Station Mass'. He received an Arts Council Literary Bursary in 2014. His most recent work is 'Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories' (2015). Brian lives and works in Sligo.

Images courtesy of Aminagh Hughes