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Cork produced ‘Shem the Penman Sings Again’ to premiere at Galway

The Cork produced, James Joyce inspired feature ‘Shem the Penman Sings Again’ is set to have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh (July 7-12) festival.

Shen the Penman Sings AgainProduced by Cork company Pooleen Productions, ‘Shem The Penman’ is an imagined archive of the actual and much fabled, friendship of James Joyce and John McCormack.

The renowned writer and superstar tenor first met in 1904 when Joyce still had hopes of becoming a professional singer himself. They reconnected in Paris in the 1920s and Joyce was to use his first hand knowledge of McCormack to create the character of Shaun the Post in Finnegans Wake. As Joyce struggled with the book for seventeen years, he portrayed himself in it as Shaun’s lowly twin brother, Shem the Penman.

The film is directed by Pádraig Trehy, written by Trehy and Peter McCarthy, and produced by Rossa Mullin. Crew members include editor Tony Murphy, cinematographer Eimear Ennis Graham, composer John O’Brien and Production Designer Stephanie Clerkin. Louis Lovett, Hugh O’ Conor, Frank Prendergast, Brian Fenton and Martin Lucey lead the cast.

The Premiere of ‘Shem the Penman Sings Again’ takes place on Thursday 9th July at 2pm in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway.