Archive : Literary Programme 2014

Film Club

Film Club
(Filmmaker and photographer Seamus Murphy)

The Mariner

Tue 8 July


We are delighted to announce that filmmaker and photographer Seamus Murphy will be appearing at the West Cork Literary Festival to show and talk about Snake.

The story of a young Afghani poet who committed suicide electrified the photographer Seamus Murphy and poet and journalist Eliza Griswold. They spent 18 months travelling over and back to collect, document and translate landay poetry, a traditional couplet form written in secret by Pashtun women.
A hidden world opened up; it was like rediscovering Afghanistan.
The film Snake is an account of the making of the just published I am the Beggar of the World, one of the most compelling and beautiful books of the year.  Seamus will also talk about the film he made for Channel 4 news, Sons of Stonecutter Street about the Kabul family in Afghanistan whom he has known for 20 years.

Photographer Seamus Murphy grew up in Ireland and lives in London.. He has won seven World Press Photo Awards and the World Understanding Award (POYi). This work as been published in, "A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan" (Saqi Books, 2008)

Eliza Griswold’s reportage and poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, The New Republic and she is the author of best selling award winning poetry and non fiction books.