The “Walk” of the Town

$16 member /
$20 non-member


The “Walk” of the Town
Follow in the footsteps of The New Yorker writer Maeve Brenann

As part of the 1st Irish Theatre Festival


September 15 and 22 | 2 pm – 4 pm

TWO new dates added:
October 26 & 27 | 2 pm 

The meeting location is at Washington Square West and Washington Place. 

Tour Guide
Lauren Ferebee

New York City is the “most reckless, most ambitious, most confused, most comical, the saddest and coldest and most human of cities.” - Maeve Brennan

Enjoy a guided theatrical walking tour of the many New York locations that inspired Maeve Brennan’s beloved writings in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section. Through imaginative sketches and unforgettable prose, Brennan created a portrait of timeless characters in the quotidian sights and sounds of New York City. This two-hour walking tour starts in Washington Square Park—the first of many places Brennan called home—and ends with a taste of her much-loved martinis. This is the ultimate guide to The Long-Winded Lady’s New York, ripe with memorable readings and brim-filled with undercover information and little-known historical anecdotes.

Created by Jen Browne, IAC Program Associate

Irish Arts Center is proud to be part of 1st Irish Theatre Festival 2013, New York’s annual festival of Irish theatre.






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“Reading Maeve Brennan is like watching a master jeweler construct a ticking watch from an array of tiny, inanimate parts -- her exquisite skill in piecing together the emotional landscape of her characters is evident in every line…with scathing wit.” – The New York Times

Daughter of the famous revolutionary nationalist Robert Brennan, Eamonn De Valera’s first ambassador to the U.S., Irish writer Maeve Brennan (1917-1993) was a New York literary icon, admired as much for her intelligence and wit as her beauty and style. Brennan wrote for Harper’s Bazaar as a fashion copywriter and then joined the staff of The New Yorker where asa social diarist and columnist she threw herself into the glamorous New York literary circles, forging a tight group with the bright, volatile martini-soaked men she wrote with. She remained at The New Yorker for thirty years, recording her own observations of city life in the famed Talk of the Town column as "The Long-Winded Lady" while simultaneously writing tender, memory-filled fiction that reflected her own upbringing in Ireland. She occasionally visited family in Ireland and her cousin Roddy Doyle reflects on her reviewing books for The New Yorker, isolatedin his family garden in Rory and Ita. Although she lived very publicly and vividly, Brennan maintained a distant independence from those around her, living on the cliff edge, and never making a home for herself. Brennan called herself “a traveler in residence” of New York, writing through heartbreaks, divorce, loneliness and eventual mental illness but is today remembered for her glory days as an independent, intelligent and glamorously successful woman and writer.


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