Garter Lane Arts Centre, Sun 8 May, 19.30.

Documentary film about the life and works of one of Irelands greatest writers, Hubert Butler.
Operating as writer and market gardener from his base in rural Kilkenny, Hubert Butler explored Eastern Europe and the Balkans, establishing himself as “Ireland’s Orwell”, our greatest essayist since Jonathan Swift. In this, the first documentary on Butler and his work, Johnny Gogan traces the writer’s journey through Stalinist Russia of the early 1930s, through pre-war Vienna where Butler worked to smuggle Jews into Ireland, to his his exposure of the hidden genocide of half a million Orthodox Serbs in WW2. Using recently declassified documents, this highly visual and expansive film explores why Butler “was fifty years ahead of his time” and “one of the great Irish writers”. Features a post screening discussion with Suzanna Crampton (granddaughter of Hubert Butler).

Tickets: €7.50, Concs: €6. Booking number: (+353 (0) 51 855038 ),
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