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Masterclass in Non Fiction Writing with Michael Gray

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2008 by limerickwriterscentre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael Gray, the foremost authority on Bob Dylan, will be bringing his acclaimed one man show – Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues to the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick next Feb 20th 2009. While in Limerick he will be visiting the Limerick Writers Centre in Barrington Street and will hold a two hour Masterclass on writing non fiction. Those interested in attending this event are asked to contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 or email
More about Michael Gray and the show:
BOB DYLAN & THE POETRY OF THE BLUES                               michael-gray1

An Evening With Writer Michael Gray

This is more a one-man show than a talk. Michael Gray is the world authority on the work of Bob Dylan. The author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (2006 & 2008) and Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan (2000) – the definitive studies of Dylan’s 48-year body of work – uses a surprising selection of great records and rare footage to show how hugely Dylan has been inspired by the blues and how much of its poetry has been smuggled inside his own.

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia earned outstanding reviews from fans and the establishment alike: it won the CB Oldman Prize for the year’s outstanding work of research and scholarship from the International Association of Music Libraries, while e-fanzine The Dylan Daily

declared it “the most important Dylan book, bar none.”

Andrew Motion named Song & Dance Man III as one of the best three books of 2000 and it is the classic work in its field. Called ‘endlessly illuminating’ (Rolling Stone) and ‘magnificent’ (Record Collector), it gained 5-star reviews in Q and Uncut. Greil Marcus admired ‘Gray’s reach, tone and acuity’ and called the book’s research ‘amazing’; Christopher Ricks called the book ‘wonderfully comic and serious and sharp’ and ‘monumentally illuminating’. Nine years later it is still in print.

The books may be immense but there’s nothing dry about Michael’s talks. He has been a sell-out on American college campuses and in the UK & Ireland at festivals, theatres and arts centres. In late 2006 he performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and at the University of Texas at Austin he drew the largest crowd of any external speaker in the previous two years.

Michael Gray’s events are always lively and spontaneous, witty and acute, using unpredictable slices of loud music to offer a thoroughly entertaining, fresh account of Dylan’s achievement.