On Tuesday 5 November Polly Devlin, OBE, writer, broadcaster and filmmaker, will talk in depth about her fascinating life and career at an exclusive personal appearance at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. In Conversation with Polly Devlin will be hosted by journalist Suzanne Lowry and has been organised to raise funds for the Linen Hall Library.
Probing questions will be asked about all aspects of Polly’s life including her early life beginnings in Northern Ireland, winning a writing contest in the 60s that landed her a job with the fashion bible Vogue, her career as a writer for some of the world’s most popular newspapers and magazines, and her books which include the recently published Writing Home (Pimpernel Press Ltd, 2019). There will also be a Q&A with the audience.
Ms Devlin has been fortunate to interview and socialise with some of the most iconic figures of the 20th and 21st centuries including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Peggy Guggenheim, Jean Shrimpton, Andy Warhol and Princess Margaret. She has published a catalogue of books covering a range of genres and subjects from short stories, The Far Side of the Lough (reprinted by O’Brien Press, 1999), to interiors, New York: Places to Write Home About (Pimpernel Press Ltd, 2017). She was also a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, a career she loved. She was married to trailblazing industrialist Adrian Garnett with whom she has three amazing daughters.
The evening has been organised to raise funds for the Linen Hall Library, the oldest library in Belfast and one of a few remaining independent libraries in the UK. The Library is a charity and, aside from grants, raises money from membership, donations and fundraising initiatives.
Polly says: “I am so much looking forward to an evening to help the Linen Hall Library at the Grand Opera House, two cultural jewels in Belfast’s history.”
Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Director, says: “We are honoured to have Polly Devlin headline an event to raise funds for the Linen Hall Library. Ms Devlin is part of the literary landscape of Northern Ireland and I’m sure has a few fascinating tales to tell about her spectacular career.”
In Conversation With Polly Devlin will take place in Belfast’s Grand Opera House in the Baby Grand Studio from 7.45pm to 9.00pm on Tuesday 5 November. Tickets are £15.00pp and can be obtained directly from the Grand Opera House goh.co.uk. Copies of Polly Devlin’s book Writing Home will be available to purchase on the night.
Note to Editors:
Interviews with Polly Devlin are available upon request.
(Polly Devlin image credit: Jonathan Goldberg)