Home » Features » The Scoop » Banter Bulletin
by Jess 2016-04-25 13:50:19

Banter Bulletin

The Sky Was All Purple

Welcome to The Banter Bulletin, our guide to what we’re up at Banter, what’s on the way and what has caught our eye during the last seven days. We know you’re busy so we’ll keep it short and sweet. If you need more info, hit up the Banter website.

(1) Prince. We spent the weekend listening to “Sign O’ the Times” over and over again for, well, a sign of the times. Gone, but never forgotten.

(2) Banter goes home. We return to our spiritual home on Middle Abbey Street, the space where Banter began all those years ago with a discussion on Irish music radio, for this week's event. It's about a topic which has come up a lot at Banter so we've brought together Susan Daly (editor, The Journal), Richie Oakley (editor, The Times Ireland edition) and Vincent Murphy (editor, Morning Ireland, RTE Radio One) to talk about who - and what sets - the news agenda. It takes place this Wednesday (April 27) and tickets can be booked here

(3) Summer is coming and that means Banter goes on the road. We'll be hosting a stage at Bloom (Phoenix Park, Dublin, June 2-6), The Beatyard (Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, July 30 & 31) and The Big Grill (Herbert Park, Dublin, August 11-14), but we start the festival season at the Ballymaloe Litfest of Food & Wine from May 20 to 22. Join us for a rock’n’roll interview with Yotam Ottolenghi and discussions on food trends, the ins and outs of the restaurant business, the pleasure of grilling and coffee with panelists like Francis Mallmann (1884, Argentina), John Relihan (Duagh BBQ Festival), Steve Leighton (Hasbean Coffee, London), Colin Harmon (3FE, Dublin), Joanna Alm (Drop Coffee, Stockholm), Seamus Sheridan (Sheridans Cheesemongers), Hilary Quinn (Dublin Doughnut Co), Sally McKenna (John & Sally McKenna’s Guides), Jess Murphy (Kai, Galway) and John Farrell (Dillingers, The Butchers Grill, Super Miss Sue, Luna, 777 etc, Dublin)

(4) From the podcast archive: Donal Ryan. The Tipperary-born author was in flying form at the Cúirt festival in Galway at the weekend reading from and talking about his excellent new collection The Slanting of the Sun (as well as a choice excerpt from forthcoming novel All We Shall Know). Banter met the man at Other Voices in Dingle in 2013 and you can listen to the podcast here. You can also check out this and all our podcasts to date on Soundcloud and iTunes.

(5) Banter needs you! As you see above, we’ll be hosting a stage at The Beatyard in Dun Laoghaire on July 30 and 31. We’ve already got a ton of good stuff for it but we’re always on the look-out for more. If you’ve got something you think would work as part of our weekend at the seaside, please let us know (note: we’re not looking for live music or DJs or juggers)

(6) The big read: if you only read one piece today by a Limerickman about living in Cork, make sure it’s Kevin Barry’s evocative essay about his years by the Lee. It’s in the new issue of Granta magazine which is all about new Irish writing. Barry’s skills with words are second to none: “The city remained utterly class-driven, except at Sir Henry’s nightclub, on South Main Street, where all castes mingled in a cloud of Ecstasy and house music – the joke, among the posher student types at Henry’s, was that you’d only realise who you’d been hugging when the lights went on at twenty past two, after the last song had been played (always ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ by Massive Attack).” Read the full piece here.

We’ll be back with another Banter Bulletin next week. You can subscribe to the mailout here.


The Banter team

Login to comment!


View More