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Speaker Profile: Sam Tranum


Sam Tranum is a Dublin-based writer and editor. He’s the author of the travel memoir Daily Life in Turkmenbashy’s Golden Age, which is recommended in the Lonely Planet guide to Central Asia, and has published articles about his time in Mexico, Zanzibar, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and India. He is an editor at Liberties Press, and a volunteer at the weekly online newspaper Dublin Inquirer.

However, he’s not the bookish type you’d imagine, “Aside from working in journalism, I have served in the US Peace Corps in Turkmenistan … I’ve been a volunteer firefighter, climbed the highest mountain in Kenya and studied painting in Boston and Kolkata. I also like to take photos,” he explains.

Cathryn Summerhayes at WME in London is representing his first novel, Their Best Intentions. 

Sam will speak at Pecha Kucha with Emmet Condon (Homebeat), Sean Harrington (Sean Harrington Architects), Anne Bedos (Rothar), Esther Gerrard (Bloom Fringe), Manchan Magan (RTE/TG4/The Irish Times), Gearoid Carvill and Kieran Harnett (Dublin Honey Company), Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch (Callan Workhouse Union), Douglas Carson (Carson and Crushell), and Sam Tranum (Liberties Press).

If you’re unfamiliar with the Pecha Kucha format, here it is in a nutshell: speakers get 20 slides, and 20 seconds to explain each. This is no excuse to talk through the technicalities of their work, but to provoke us into thinking about themes and issues that effect us all. Pecha Kucha is a not-for-profit event and is brough to you by Irish Architecture Foundation and Totally Dublin.

Wednesday 22 July, 7pm, The Sugar Club. Tickets are available on the door for just €5 and that includes a free Peroni beer.

Image: Sam Tranum