He kept his promise to Listowel Writers’ Week of two years ago when he had to unfortunately cancel his trip here due to the Tony Awards. We told him then we would keep a place for him when he was ready to attend… and now that time has arrived!
“It is not hard to feel like an outsider. I think we have all felt like that at one time or another.” When Alan Cumming wrote those words he had clearly not heard that at Listowel Writers’ Week we stand for no such nonsense. There are no outsiders here and this is probably why he has, to our mutual delight, accepted an invitation to appear at this year’s festival. No small coincidence, either, that his latest book is entitled ‘You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams‘ as he achieves his long held ‘bigger dream’ to visit Listowel and take part in the festival.
Described by the New York Times as “a bawdy counter cultural sprite” and named as one of the most fun people in show business by Time magazine, Alan Cumming is a genuine quadruple threat—an internationally acclaimed, award-winning star of stage, television, and film, as well as a New York Times best-selling author.
You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams was released in September, subtitled My Life In Stories and Pictures, it is a collection of essays and photographs, literal snapshots from his very varied and wonderful, blurry life.
His previous book, the memoirNot my Father’s Son came about after an unexpected phone call from his long-estranged father brought the pain of the past hurtling back into the present and unravelled everything he thought he knew about himself. Not My Father’s Son is the story of his journey of discovery, both a memoir of his childhood in Scotland, and an investigation into his family history which would change him forever.
Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He was a tour de force solo Macbeth and he voiced a Smurf, twice. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson, and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made ‘back to back’ films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He appeared in a Jay Z video and he wrote a New York Times best-selling memoir.
His many television appearances include Sex and the City, Frasier, The L Word, Reefer Madness and Tin Man. He played Eli Gold in seven seasons of the CBS series The Good Wife, for which he has received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, Critic’s Circle and Satellite Awards nominations. He also famous here for his role as Sean Walsh in the film adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends.
Bookings NOW OPEN for this event which will take place on Friday 2nd June at 9pm
Early Bird Bookings can also be made now for Richard Ford, Margaret Drabble, Richard Ford, Helen Lederer/Ian McPherson, Age & Opportunity Bealtaine Festival 2017 and Paul Howard.