As part of Imram Irish Language Literature Festival, Daithí Ó Muirí reimagines Kafka’s stories with live music and shadow puppets Dáithí Ó Muirí with guitarist Enda Reilly, and dancers Feargus Ó Conchuir and Aoife McAtamney “An album from another world… cold and melancholy but permeated by cracked beauty throughout” – so one fan described Mogwai’s album come on die young . The description could equally apply to Daithí Ó Muirí’s magical fictions. His short story collections are themed – hence we have story cycles on war; graveyards; music; and, most recently, literature or story-telling itself. Ceolta (Musics) takes us on a voyage into an utterly bizarre world that is in part the dark shadow of a very real hi-tech globalised world, and in part a spectral dreamworld not unlike an saol eile – the otherworld of Gaelic storytelling. In Cóilín an tSaibhreas , protagonist Cóilín escapes his disintegrating mental and physical reality through his obsession with the Mogwai song ex-cowboy . Ó Muirí’s story builds and swells like the song’s riffs, until Cóilín is released from his nightmares of dead generations emerging from the sea, and escapes from a psychopathic neighbour who drives a tank through his house. Through […]