Michael Harding : Talking to Strangers at The Source Thurles

Michael Harding : Talking to Strangers at The Source Thurles


Following his hugely popular nationwide tour of venues in Ireland in the spring of 2015, Michael Harding, author, playwright and Irish Times columnist, is on his travels again in his unique one man show, talking with great honesty and wit about life, love and growing old. Coinciding with the publication of his latest book Talking to Strangers, he will once again enthral audiences with a night of storytelling, musings and readings from his very best work.


‘It’s never a good idea to book a flight online after you’ve been drinking wine.’
That’s what led Michael Harding to a strange flat in Bucharest in January 2015. It was the moment that set the tone for the rest of that year.

After a stint in the Gaiety Theatre production of The Field, Harding returned to the tranquil hills above Lough Allen and began to imagine what his little cottage might look like if he got a few builders to tear a hole in the wall and add on another room. Surely an extension would give him a renewed sense of purpose in life, as he approached old age. But as the walls of his home crumbled, so too did his mental health, and he fell once again, into depression – that great darkness where life feels like nothing more than a waste of time. And yet, it is in that great darkness that we discover what really makes us human. Talking to Strangers is a book about growing old, about the stories we share with others, and the stories we leave behind us.


His engaging style has a way of drawing audiences in. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there’s nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding.


‘Absorbing and graced with a deceptive lightness of touch …Harding writes like an angel’SUNDAY TIMES

‘Hilarious, and tender, and mad, and harrowing, and wistful, and always beautifully written’ KEVIN BARRY

‘An edifying journey of self-discovery’ IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY

Michael Harding : Talking to Strangers

The Source Arts Centre Thurles, Friday 10 February @8pm

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