Sligo writer Brian Ley­den on RTE show about the Shan­non

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Sligo wrtier Brian Ley­den fea­tured on John Cree­don’s new telev­sion se­ries John Cree­don’s Shan­non which was broad­cast at 6:30pm on Sun­day the 30 th of July.

He dis­cussed his mem­oir The Home Placce where he has the story about an is­sue of the Na­tional Geographi Mag­a­zine that ap­peared in Novem­ber 1978. It fea­tured an ar­ti­cle called Where the River Shan­non Flows with a fa­mous pho­to­graph of the river nomad John Weav­ing in a punt with his two dogs Cubby and Brocky. A paint­ing was made of the photo that ap­pears in the Martin Scors­ese’s gang­ster film Good­fel­las and de­vel­oped a huge fol­low­ing amongst film buffs. Weav­ing lived on a barge on the Shan­non and helped with the con­struc­tion of piers and dredg­ing work on the nav­i­ga­tion be­fore the po­ten­tial of the River Shan­non as a tourism re­source was fully ap­pre­ci­ated.

The same Na­tional Geo­graphic also fea­tured a two-page photo es­say on the writer’s par­ents Nan and Matt Ley­den on their moun­tain farm over­look­ing the Shan­non.

In the ar­ti­cle Brian’s father is quoted as say­ing, “Don’t stay too long in this coun­try or it will cap­ture you”. Af­ter the pic­tures ap­peared in the Na­tional Geo­graphic Matt and Nan got cor­re­spon­dence from all over the world and the story is told by Brian in his mem­oir.

Brian Ley­den will be read­ing from The Home Placce and his new novel Sum­mer of ‘63 in the Arig­ina Min­ing Mu­seum at 7pm on Fri­day 28th July.

John Cree­don with writer Brian Ley­den

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