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In partnership with Granta Books, IMMA is delighted to present an evening in celebration of Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine by Anna Della Subin. Named a best book of the year in The Irish Times, the TLS, and Esquire, Accidental Gods is an extraordinary meditation on race, empire, and power, told through stories of men who found themselves inadvertently turned into deities. Subin will be joined by renowned mythographer, novelist, and literary critic Marina Warner and introduced by Mark O’ Connell, author of To Be a Machine and Notes from An Apocalypse

Reception & Gallery visit, 6pm
Guests are invited to enjoy a drinks and canapes reception ahead of the event in the scenic settings of IMMA’s Courtyard.  The galleries will also remain open to visit until 6.30pm.

Reading, Talk and Q&A, 6.30pm
To begin the talk, Subin will share a short adapted reading from Accidental Gods followed by a conversation with Marina Warner and questions from the audience.

Reception & Music in the Courtyard
Afterwards, guests are welcomed to join us for a light reception and music in the Courtyard until 8.30pm

About the author

Anna Della Subin is a writer, critic, and independent scholar born in New York. Her essays have appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, Frieze, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Harper’s, among other publications. She studied the history of religion at Harvard Divinity School, and is a senior editor at Bidoun, an award-winning publishing and curatorial initiative focused on the Middle East and its diasporas. Accidental Gods (Granta) is her first book. She lives in Dublin.

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.