Monday, July 20, 2009

Frank McCourt

"Angela's Ashes" writer Frank McCourt, who died on Sunday, paid a visit to the area earlier this year for the Woodstock Memoir Festival. He came with his brothers Malachy and Alphie, themselves noted writers.

Malachy McCourt, who gave a workshop at Rhinebeck's Omega Institute last week, has mantained a second home in Woodstock and has given readings in Kingston, Rhinebeck and Ellenville.

He talked to the Freeman's Bonnie Langston some years ago about "A Couple of Blaguards," a play he co-wrote with brother Frank. The play was staged at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville in 2002.

"We are so bloody charming," Malachy McCourt told Langston then. Those who had the chance to see them together in Woodstock would probably agree.

From left, Frank, Malachy and Alphie McCourt.