Sun­day Mis­cel­lany at 50

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To cel­e­brate the week­end mag­a­zine show’s half­cen­tury, Mis­cel­lany50 is a week­end fes­ti­val at the Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre in Dublin from De­cem­ber 7 to 9. The event presents ve ful­l­length con­certs over three days as well as a free ad­mis­sion Mis­cel­lany50 Lis­ten­ing Lounge open through the week­end. 50 writ­ers will con­trib­ute es­pe­cially com­posed pieces con­nected to a par­tic­u­lar year be­tween 1968 and 2017. Mu­sic comes from the week­end’s house band in res­i­dence, the ConTempo String Quar­tet who will take part in an eclec­tic mix of 50 mu­sic/song per­for­mance in the ve con­certs, with some spe­cially com­mis­sioned pieces be­ing pre­miered from Ir­ish com­posers Don­nacha Den­nehy, Jen­nifer Walsh, Niall Val­lely and Michael Houli­han. Each con­cert will cap­ture a decade as fol­lows:

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 at 3pm

1978-87 (in­tro­duced by poet Mary O’Mal­ley)

In­cludes Martina Devlin; John Con­nell, au­thor of The Cow Book

– A story of Life on an Ir­ish Farm which won the 2018 Ir­ish Book Award in the Pop­u­lar Non-Fic­tion Book cat­e­gory; poet Michael O’Lough­lin; cul­tural his­to­rian Paul Rouse; poet Doire­ann Ní Ghríofa; Sun­day Mis­cel­lany stal­wart and Ker­ry­man Cyril Kelly; and jour­nal­ist and critic Alan­nah Hop­kin.

Sub­jects in­clude the phe­nom­e­non of mov­ing stat­ues, Viet­namese boat peo­ple, nd­ing true love, Ir­ish col­lege, the death of a mother and milliner, hitch­ing to a Siouxie and the Ban­shees gig in the Sta­dium in Dublin and Bobby Sands’ song I Wish I was Back Home in Derry, which will be sung live by Christy Moore.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 at 7.30pm

1988-97 (in­tro­duced by writer Joseph O’Con­nor)

In­cludes Éilis Ní Dhuib­hne, Sinéad Gleeson, Claire Kil­roy, Brian Ley­den, Ros­aleen MacDon­agh, Der­mot Bol­ger and Ir­ish lan­guage poet Si­mon Ó Faoláin.

Sub­jects in­clude watch­ing tele­vi­sion spec­ta­cles from River­dance to Italia ’90; what we wore and how we wore it – goth fash­ion state­ments; Pavee Point; sleep­ing on other peo­ple’s couches; earn­ing a liv­ing as a writer; and the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of buy­ing a rst house.

Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 at 12 noon

1998-2007 (in­tro­duced by play­wright Colin Mur­phy)

In­cludes writ­ers, po­ets and blog­gers Stephen James Smith, Kevin Barry, Caitri­ona Kalky (this year’s Rooney Prize win­ner), John MacKenna and Barbara Scully.

Sub­jects in­clude GAA All-Ire­land ri­val­ries; the 9/11 at­tacks; Nel­son Man­dela and the jinx of the Mil­len­nium and adapt­ing to new tech­nolo­gies.

Sun­day, 9 De­cem­ber 9 at 4pm

2008-2017 (in­tro­duced by writer Lisa McIn­er­ney)

In­cludes es­say­ist Em­i­lie Pine (another Ir­ish Book Award win­ner this year), Mary Mor­rissy, ac­tor Janet Mo­ran, Danielle McLaugh­lin, John F Deane, Jes­sica Traynor and broad­caster John Kelly. Sub­jects in­clude moth­er­hood, cop­ing with illness, ex­tra-mu­ral classes, wait­ing for news on a par­ent’s illness in another coun­try and Steve Jobs.

Tick­ets for the ve Mis­cel­lany50 con­certs on De­cem­ber 7,

8 & 9 are sell­ing fast, so check out the Pro­ject Box O ce at pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie or call 01-881 9613.

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