Limerick Literary Festival 2015

Interesting stuff

Limerick Literary Festival starts next Friday, the 20th.

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It will be opened by TAFKAJ, the artist formerly known as Joe,  now Joseph O’Connor.  We used to call it writing but when it becomes literature, a strange alchemy takes place.   Literary stuff does that to you.  It makes everyone use your Mammy-name, including you.  How many Joes out there — even today — quiver like guilty urchins when someone shouts at them.

Joseph! Come here now!

Oh God.  I didn’t do it.  I’m 47.  I run my own company.  I employ fourteen people.  I have a beer-belly and a huge overdraft.

I said now, Joseph!

Sometimes, it’s even worse.  Literartiness makes some people  put a little initial up there in front of their  names, like T Coraghessan Boyle, though of course, I’m well aware he made up the  name to take the piss out of the literarty tendency.  We can forgive JK Rowling doing the initials thing, for commercial considerations not entirely unconnected with casual sexism against female authors, but WB Yeats and TS Eliot were a pair of pompous, self-important clods, as anyone who ever listened to Yeats reading The Lake Isle of Innisfree will immediately recognise.

This, of course, is drifting a long way from the Limerick Literary Festival, which starts next Friday, 20th February.

It starts at 10am with The Literature of Loss Conference at Mary I.

  • Keynote: Dr Caroline Magennis
  • Reading: TAFKAJ
  • Keynote: Dr Eugene O’Brien

At 7pm, TAFKAJ will officially open the thing at the Belltable, followed by the slightly tautological Music and Splendour Music Event, featuring the sublime Sarah Dolan.  Even an unlettered clod like me will be attending this operatic feast since, like most Limerick people, I grew up with opera in the home, even if my loutish adolescent self didn’t appreciate it.

Saturday and Sunday see all sorts of interesting characters doing Q&A sessions.

For all the details, check out the website here.  Get your lazy arse along to one or two of them, as I will myself.



1 thought on “Limerick Literary Festival 2015

  1. Ah, go one, don’t be so hard on Joe O’C. (though I agree with Yeats).

    It might have been a demand (or ‘suggestion’) from the publisher who thought Joseph sounds more ‘serious’. than Joe. They do that, really. Maybe nothing to do with Joe himself whose first writings about ‘The Irish Male’ I well and fondly remember. His other books not so.

    It might have been because in Ireland calling yourself a writer inevitably initiates the follow-up question: And are you published? (Happens to me all the time – incidentally I am a writer, in my own language though, so don’t judge my English). Why would you be a writer if not published?

    Which made me wondering – everyone in Ireland (or probably elsewhere) who puts some words together calls themselves a writer. So the question might be justified.

    So a Joe might be the guy who writes secretely stuff in the shed and hides it behind the shovel. A Joseph gets his stuff actually published, so it must be literature. But if that particular writing is literature that’s another question.

    I have utter respect for anyone who can work with language AND makes sense in one way or another. Joe O’Connor is a good writer, just not a good storyteller, in my opinion.

    And opera? There is opera? Surely not a full opera with all the trimmings? Not as far as I see on the website.

    But there is Edna O’Brien, now there is a literary (and certainly published!) writer I admire no end.

    Anyway, thanks for advertising this event. Want. To. Go. There.

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