"Staring at Lakes" (his memoirs) is the latest publication by Michael Harding.  Michael is a native of Cavan town who now lives on the Roscommon/Leitrim border.  I had the recent pleasure of meeting both Michael and his wife Cathy Carmen after a book signing in 'The Reading Room' in Carrick-On-Shannon.

Michael has long been an established short-story writer, novelist, and award winning playwright and performer.

He has previously published three novels Priest (1986) and The Trouble With Sarah Gullion' (1988) and 'Bird in the Snow' 2008.  He became a member of Aosdana, the National Academy for Creative Artists, in 2000.  He was Writer in Association with The National Theatre in 1993, was short listed for the Irish Times Aer Lingus Literature Award in 1989, and was Writer in Residence at Trinity College Dublin in 1999. Michael has received the following awards:

  • The Steward Parker Award for Theatre (1990)
  • The Bank of Ireland RTE award for excellence in the arts (1990)
  • The Hennessy Literary Award for short stories (1980)[2]
  • Best Actor, Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival (2004) for his performance in Gare St Lazare’s production of Swallow.
  • Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role – British Theatre Management Awards (2006)
  • The Tinkers Curse, nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards (2007)

His current offering 'Staring at Lakes' is described as "a brutally honest and beautifully written account of his journey through life, and his failed attempts to find meaning which brought about a long period of depression. But this is a love story and Michael comes to realize that all things are sustained by love and this is where real meaning resides."

It is currently Ireland's best selling non-fiction for a number of weeks now and can be purchased at all major book stores and online book resellers. Click on the image below for link to Amazon.Com.