FW75: Celebrating 75 Years of Finnegans Wake

To mark the 75th anniversary of Joyce’s book of the night, the James Joyce Centre in partnership with Joyceborough is delighted to support a month long programme of talks, exhibitions and entertainment throughout May 2014. The events will take place across the city with partners including the OPW, Phizzfest, DarcSpace, UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Public Libraries and Christchurch Cathedral.

Sunday 4 May

Exhibition: A Hubbub Caused in Joyceborough…On May 4th 2014 in the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, the Joyceborough exhibition explores the world of the Wake in a hubbub of people, objects, film, music, posters and photographs all somehow implicated in the commotion of the Wake. None of these will explain the novel…Instead, the Hubbub is a gathering, a place to talk and think and experience the mastery and mystery of Finnegans Wake: its significance and influence in Dublin, in Europe, and around the world: its beauty, its fun; its theatre; its chaos.

Phoenix Park Visitor’s Centre, Daily 10am-4pm. Admission Free. Runs to Sat 24 May. Visit http://joyceborough.org/ / Contact [email protected]

Weds 7 May

Talk: Vincent Deane, ‘Finnegans Wake and the Phoenix Park’

Phoenix Park Visitor’s Centre, 12.30pm. Admission Free. Visit http://joyceborough.org/

Exhibition: Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating the Wake… Artist Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating the Wake features a selection of images in the form of mappings, drawings, prints, paintings and bookwork made in response to Finnegans Wake since the mid-nineties.  Some of the works are singular and respond directly and intuitively to specific aspects of the text, others result from more systematic, close reading and drawing responses, working through the text page by page.  The use of diverse media reflects the artist’s attempts to envision some of the different attributes and qualities in Joyce’s profoundly experimental language.  The exhibition is designed to make visible the process of reading-through-drawing and to foreground the pleasure to be had from imaginative immersion in the Wake.  Clinton’s vision is to encourage new readers to ‘take the plunge’ and stay with the book, though it may take a few attempts to get the hang of it!  As Clinton says, “It is important to make the book ones own and value the personal interpretation as much as the academic explanation; above all to enjoy the effect of the text on the imagination. It really is quite unlike any other novel.”

DarcSpace Gallery, 26 North Great George’s St. (running to Monday 16 June). Admission Free. More info here.

Thursday 8 May

Music: Here Comes Everybody! – Music in Finnegans Wake…Here Comes Everybody! is performed by Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher, explores the musical pulse at the heart of the Wake.

Phibsboro Library, 7pm. Admission Free, Booking Essential. Contact (01)8304341 / [email protected]. More info here. Also at Rathmines Library, 6.30pm on Thursday 15th May and Drumcondra Library, 6.30pm on Thursday 22nd May.  

Saturday 10 May

Talk/Music/Panel: Wakey Wakey: A Day of Joyce’s Night Book at the James Joyce Centre…

12pm: Vincent Deane, ‘The Formation of a Truly Criminal Stratum: Crime in Finnegans Wake

3pm: Singalingalying…A performative lecture with commentary by Katherine O’Callaghan and music from Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher. Finnegans Wake contains almost 1000 song references and allusions from music hall, nursery rhyme, folk song, parlour song, street ballads, sea shanties, hymns, carols and the American songbook. These songs express the irreverence and subversion of Joyce’s comic masterpiece and help to create the dreamlike transformations of the Porter-Earwicker family. This musical journey evokes the ambiance and cadences peculiar to the city of Dublin.

5pm: ‘Why Read Finnegans Wake?’ A panel discussion chaired by James Joyce Centre Research Scholar Terence Killeen asking the question often thought but rarely discussed: is Finnegans Wake actually a ‘good’ book? Featuring Joyce scholar Vincent Deane, poet Michael O’Loughlin and Wake student Laura Lovejoy.

James Joyce Centre. Admission Free, Booking Essential. Contact (01)8788547 / [email protected] More info here.

Wednesday 14 May

Talk: Mapping Joyceborough

Gerard Meaning and Des Gunning on the challenges and possibilities involved in mapping, spatially, temporally, socially, culturally and otherwise,  the imaginative spaces explored in the works of James Joyce.

Phoenix Park Visitor’s Centre, 12.30pm. Admission Free. Visit http://joyceborough.org/

Wednesday 21st May 

Talk: A Joyceborough Conversation

Joyceborough – Dermot Bolger in conversation with Barry McGovern in Farmleigh House on Wednesday 21st May at 8pm. These two major figures on the Irish cultural landscape have close links with the works of James Joyce, with Farmleigh and with Phibsborough. For more information, click here.

Farmleigh House, 8pm. Admission Free but booking is essential. For booking click here.

Thursday 22 May

Talk: A Proudseye View of Dublin

In the oldest built space in Dublin, writer Oran Ryan invites newcomers to the Wake  in particular to explore its delights, insights and entertainments – enough to last readers for a lifetime!

Christchurch Cathedral, 1pm. Admission Free. For more information click here.

Wednesday 28 May

Talk: Unde Et Ubi – Parnell Square in Finnegans Wake

Des Gunning explores the place of Parnell Square, Dublin’s newly-designated cultural quarter in Finnegans Wake.

James Joyce Centre. Admission Free, Booking Essential. Contact (01)8788547 / [email protected]