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Library Offering Unique Look At Northern Ireland

WHEELING — The next Lunch With Books weekly series presented by the Ohio County Public Library will be “Reconstructions — The Irish Troubles in Photographs and Words” with a presentation by author Steafan Hanvey.

The event will be livestreamed and begins at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

An Irish singer-songwriter and poet, Hanvey is the son of world-renowned Northern Irish photographer, Bobbie Hanvey, who captured “The Troubles” on film and created iconic portraits of figures like Seamus Heaney, Gerry Adams and Brian Friel.

In “Reconstructions,” these photographs are set in context by Steafan, whose memories of a childhood less ordinary are presented in a lyric poetry filled with startling imagery and insights that capture the wit, cadences, anguish, and dreams of the people of Northern Ireland. “Reconstructions” acts as a timely reminder of just how futile and unnecessary internecine conflict really is. But most of all, the book is a testament to the strength and resilience of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.

Steafan Hanvey, who hails from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland, performed “Look Behind You!” — a multi-media project that showcases his father’s prize-winning photojournalism at Lunch With Books in 2013.

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