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Finneganight (published 25/03/2019)

Let us propel us for the frey of the fray! Us, us, beraddy!

Finneganight is on Saturday 4th May (the actual publication date of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in 1939).

It is a gathering of enthusiasts, sceptics and the well-disposed uncommitted who would all like to celebrate the world’s most difficult book.

This is emphatically not an academic bunfight. Finneganight is a one-off pop-up Dadaist cabaret, created to mark the 80th anniversary of the publication by Faber & Faber of Joyce’s astonishing masterpiece. It’s an antidote to the garish commercial cavortings of Bloomsday but is nevertheless likely to get a bit rowdy. There will be live music, readings, performance, film, and a panel discourse.

It’s a wonderful venue but space is limited. Tickets will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. There is no reserved seating and some of you will have to stand some of the time. There is no access for wheelchair users and you’ll need to be able to manage stairs.

Taking part will be an illustrious cohort of poets and performers, musicians, artists and other luminaries, from Dublin, Paris, the United States and London. Currently confirmed are:

Alba Arikha London-based writer and musician. Her latest novel is Where to Find Me (Alma Books, 2018).

June Caldwell Irish author whose debut short story collection is Room Little Darker (New Island Books, 2017)

David Collard London-based reviewer, critic and literary hack, author of About a Girl (CB editions).

Sarah Davis-Goff co-founder of Dublin’s Tramp Press and author of Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press, 2019).

Jennifer Hodgson editor of The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments by Ann Quin (andotherstories, 2018).

Michael Hughes actor and author of Countenance Divine and Country (Hodder & Staughton, 2018).

Dan O’Brien American poet and playwright. His most recent poetry collection is Scarsdale (CB editions).

Amy Shaughnessy American singer and musician now resident in London.

Jessica St Clair American actress and improvisational comedian from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Susan Tomaselli Founder and editor of gorse magazine, Ireland’s leading literary journal.