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Author Damian McNicholl to speak about coming out in Northern Ireland during virtual event Dec. 17

This is the second lecture of New Hope Celebrates’ ‘Artists & Authors Speaker Series’

Bucks County author Damian McNicholl will tell his riveting story of growing up and coming out in Northern Ireland during New Hope Celebrates’ second lecture in its “Artists & Authors Speaker Series” on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The event will be a live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.

McNicholl is an acclaimed author and former attorney. His first novel A Son Called Gabriel, published in 2017, was an American Booksellers Association Book Sense Pick and a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year awards. It’s a story about coming-of-age and coming out in Northern Ireland.

Now a Bucks County resident, he has appeared on CBS, WYBE Public Television and National Public Radio, in addition to interviews in print media here and in the U.K. McNicholl will discuss growing up gay in Northern Ireland during the Irish Troubles, his moving to America in the ‘90s and the overwhelming acceptance of legal same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland, but not in Northern Ireland, until recently.

The event is free to attend, but donations are encouraged to continue New Hope Celebrates History’s mission of preserving history for the LGBTQ+ community and providing programming like this.

For every $100 donated, you’ll receive a copy of An Enlightened Community: 20th Century LGBT Stories of New Hope. Produced by the Friends of the Free Library of New Hope & Solebury and New Hope Celebrates, it’s chock-full of tales and photos from local residents celebrating all that New Hope is. Additional copies can be purchased for $20.

Visit newhopecelebrates.com and damianmcnicholl.com for more information.

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