First Book of Frags is being launched on Saturday 20th of April at 8 O'Clock in McGrattans Bar on Talbot Street with a introduction by Sean O'Reilly and a gala night of performance featuring Dave Lordan, Karl Parkinson and many more of Dublin's top spoken word artists.
The Iron Lady, below is taken from the new book.
The embedded video is another Frag, The F**king Titanic read by me using footage from the film 'A Night To Remember' (1958). The video was created by the film-maker Eamonn Crudden
According to Mel Ulm of The Reading Life, First Book of Frags is amazing, almost flabbergastingly original.
“Dave Lordan’s First Book of Frags is experimental work of an accessible kind – unsentimental, original.[…] a wry sensibility throughout, reminiscent of the early stories of Peter Carey.” — Patrick Chapman
The Iron Lady
When the Iron Lady died we melted her down immediately.
After some debate (coinage, medals, spearheads, a unique musical instrument, an elaborate candlestand…?) we decided to divide her and use her to make five Alloy Ladies.
These were the Cast Iron Lady, the Pig Iron lady, the Celestium Lady, Lady Cobalt and the Lady of Ferrovanadium.
We placed an Alloy Lady on a special display pedestal at each one of our Starfort’s five points and floodlit them from below. They were martial hallucinations, ethereal and terrifyi.ng.
The Alloy Ladies were taken by many of our citizens to be representations of cult deities; unofficial grottoes sprung up. These were always garlanded with fresh rose and hydrangea bouquets, perfumed with jasmine and incense, illumined by the flames of gigantic votive candles. Some citizens started leaving notes of supplication, as well as coins and other wish-offerings, but this was put a stop to as it was untidy, attracted petty criminals, and generated mendicancy.
Do you know what A Runner is in Ireland, where I’m from,
in the year that I was born? A Runner is what the other children call a child, a boy or a girl,
who keeps trying to run away
from the institution where they are being held prisoner
by priests or by nuns or by ‘brothers’.
I found out what A Runner was at a gathering of artists and
surviving survivors of clerical child abuse in our
National College of Art and Design last year.
We were all there at the invitation of the poet and performance artist
Lisa Marie Johnson to talk to each other about art and survival,
art and memory, art and redemption.
About a lot of stuff I don’t really honestly believe in.
During our conversation I asked the table’s length of surviving survivors
some questions that have perplexed me for a very long time:
Why has nobody taken revenge? Why is it none of you have ever barehandedly
slaughtered a priest or a nun or a brother? Or even arsoned a
convent or church?
That more clerics have not been torn to pieces by the adults of the children
they abused is,
for me, the great conundrum of modern Irish history, of modern Irish
modern Irish philosophy, of modern Irish culture and identity. Of modern
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