Born in a Dublin tenement in the mid-20th century and for the past three decades a well loved figure in San Franciscoâ€™s North Beach bohemia, Renee is widely known for the long-running column she wrote for the Irish Herald called â€œThe Rambling Road.â€Â And a rambling road sheâ€™s certainly traveled since escaping Dublin for Paris at age 17, with the help of a Hollywood actor and a kind stranger.
Somewhere along the way, she met and fell in love with a radical longshoreman aboard a ship traveling through the Panama bound for Egypt with her year-old daugher, Ashling. He became her husband and San Francisco became her base, but she has never stopped wandering the world, and has never lost her â€œlonging for elsewhere.â€ Â At the same time, sheâ€™s had a life-long commitment to peace activism and has lent her singing and acting abilities to causes too numerous to mention.
Reneeâ€™s vastly entertaining memoir,Â Longing for Elsewhere: My Irish Voyage through Hunger, History and High Times, explores the themes entangled in her journey:Â identity, adventure, creativity, the burden of history and the passion for justice.
Now, it’s available read by Renee as an audio book. Â Join us to have a listen, and to chat with Renee over wine & cheese. Â It will be a lovely evening in the company of a lovely woman.
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