Sunday, 7 March 2010

LITERARY DEATH MATCH TRIUMPH!!!

 Marty Mulligan

Dublin's first Literary Death Match was great fun. I've never laughed so much at a literary event in my life. And I like the Sugar Club as a venue - it's cosy and cool.

I think the Death Match's successs is definitely down to its host, Opium Magazine editor Todd Zuniga. Todd is an instantly likeable kind of person - funny, down-to-earth and a tad eccentric. He struck me as a very unAmerican American (if that's not too rude a thing to say...) Anyway, a good host makes the audience believe in and enjoy something that they are not sure they know anything about. And so it was on Friday night.

I read poetry in the end - sticking to my (hopefully) humourous ones, along with a couple of lovey ones. The judges approved anyway as I was put through to the final. My rival Colm Liddy read a funny short story about sibling rivalry. We had to read for 7 minutes apiece and if you go over you are shot. With foam balls. I didn't get shot but Colm did.

Judge Nadine O'Regan said my work was like "Mills & Boon meets Paul Auster". Good Lord, I thought, as I giggled into my beer. I won Philly McMahon over once I mentioned Madonna, and Úna Mulally's mother is from Ballinasloe so she appreciated my imagining of Frida Kahlo coming along to brighten up the town. They said other good things which I cannot remember now due to mind-bending fatigue.

The other two readers who were pitted against each other were Brian O'Connell who read a great extract from his book Wasted, which I am looking forward to reading. And Mullingar's finest Marty Mulligan who recited rather brilliantly from his performance piece 'Direland'. In the event, Brian went through to the final, so we went head-to-head in a throw-the-spud-through-the-writer's-mouth contest.

 
Spud throwing

There were large photos of Flann O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor and Oscar Wilde and we had to toss potatoes of differing sizes through their gobs. It was madness and I am unsporty in the extreme but somehow I managed it and was the winner. I got a lovely medal of which I am VERY proud!

I hope the next time the LDM comes to Dublin that I can make it. (Update - they are coming back on the 30th April!) It was definitely the most fun I've had at a reading ever.

 
  
My medal! 

There's a  report on the night on the Lit Death Match site here.

16 comments:

Miss_Úna said...

It really was a great nights entertainment. Congratulations on your win again Nuala!!

Vanessa Gebbie said...

What a scream - and congrats!

Rachel Fox said...

Well done! Sounds like a blast.
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Jessica Maybury said...

this sounds like a damn good time

Emerging Writer said...

Sounds like an absolute blast. Very original. Will they do another?

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks all! It was great fun and I'm not really a 'fun' kind of person, per se. (I'm more of a cynical mutterer.)

BUT, I embraced the spirit of the thing and thoroughly enjoyed it all.

They are back in Dublin on the 30th April, so look out for it.

P Nolan said...

"cynical mutterer" :-) Looking forward to "mutterer's day"? Congrats on the triumph!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Heh heh PJ. Yes, I am. I can queen it over all as I mutter into my chin(s).

BarbaraS said...

Oh well done, it sounds like it's a very unique event - and anything that makes literature fun is a good thing in my book. Maybe they should tour schools with this idea, it would engage teenage energy very well - you know what they say: something learned with humour is something that will stick with you...

Kar said...

a great night Nu, Many congratulations again. It has me smiling every time I think about it!

Peter Goulding said...

Well done, Nuala. And remember, its not the taking part that's important. Its the winning.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Kar - hope you have recovered! It was great, thanks for coming to support me.

Peter - heh heh. I never thought I'd win so it was a nice surprise. Who knew I was a champion spud thrower?!

Pure Fiction said...

Well done on the win - I really wanted to get to the night, but living at the far end of the country doesn't help.
Finally got my hands on Nude, and read it in one day. I think my favourite was As I look - the way it ended was just so surprising, but I really liked Jackson and Jerusalem too.

eimearryan said...

Ahhh, would have loved to have been there! Congrats Nuala - pretty cool award to add to the cabinet. :)

Tania Hershman said...

Brilliant, it sounds just wonderful! Congratulations!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks T, it was a blast.