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The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

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Oscar Wilde’s poem will be performed by Rab Swannock Fulton

Irish writer Oscar Wilde wrote the poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol in a matter of months while in exile in France after his release from prison in 1897. During his two years in prison, a man was hanged for killing his wife.

The poem’s most famous lines “Yet each man kills the thing he loves” were inspired by this incident. This poem was Wilde’s last work.

As part of the first Galway Oscar Wilde Festival, acclaimed Galway storyteller Rab Swannock Fulton will perform his interpretation of The Ballad of Reading Gaol in the intimate surroundings of the Town Hall Theatre Studio.  Galway’s first Oscar Wilde Festival will celebrate Wilde, the man and the writer and also focus on his strong links with the west of Ireland.

"Rab’s zest for life and his talent of connecting with people definitely put him ahead of most storytellers" - Tribune Life

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