In his beautifully-written memoir the award-winning novelist, playwright and Irish Times columnist Michael Harding talks with humour and honesty about his journey - leaving the priesthood in his 30s, settling among the lakes of lovely Leitrim with his artist wife, the depression that eventually consumed him in the months during and following a debilitating illness and how he ultimately found peace and redemption through the acceptance of love and recognising the importance of now.
Staring at Lakes started out as a book about depression. Then it became a story about growing old, the essence of love and marriage and sitting in cars, staring at lakes. Michael’s collapse in 2011 was physical, emotional and spiritual. His memoir loops and spirals around this major life event. His extraordinary story is chronicled with an honesty that sometimes is shocking.
From priesthood to lover, from lover to father and husband and through all these incarnations he writes and tells stories, his own and other peoples. His book teaches us that an enduring relationship is not about hearts and flowers and visible romantic gestures; it is about marrow and sinew, witnessing, and true companionship. Staring at Lakes gives us permission to be lost, sick, sad, creative, happy and compassionate - in short, to be human.
Spend a unique evening with Michael Harding at The Source as he shares with us his remarkable story with great wit. He has been enthralling audiences across venues with his unique take of life in Ireland. Advance booking strongly recommended - this is an evening that will stay with you for a long time. Michael Harding will feature at The Source Arts Centre on Saturday, November 23rd (8pm) - tickets priced at €15. Please call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit thesourceartscentre.ie.