Absent Friend is a meditation on a more than thirty-year friendship between the Irish writer John MacKenna and the Canadian writer, singer and novelist Leonard Cohen. Leonard and MacKenna worked together on creating the requiem Between Your Love and Mine in the months before Leonard's death. The requiem toured in 2017 and 2019 and played theatres nationally including the NCH and Aras an Uachtarain. Absent Friend has been described by Robert Kory - Leonard Chen's manager – as being: ‘...of great importance to anyone wishing to understand the unique artistry of Leonard Cohen. Few journalists or writers enjoyed Leonard's respect and trust as much as did John MacKenna. That trust is on full display in this book....Leonard would be pleased...’. John will be in conversation with Myles Dungan.