FW75: Wakey Wakey: A Day of Joyce's Night Book at the James Joyce Centre

On Saturday 10 May the Joyce Centre will be completely engrossed in Finnegans Wake. We will have a full programme of activities in the Centre, from talks to panels and some Wakian music in between! All the events will be free to attend, however booking is required. Please contact the Joyce Centre by phone (01-8788547) or email [email protected]

We’ll kick off at 12 pm with Vincent Deane’s Talk on ‘The Formation of a Truly Criminal Stratum: Crime in Finnegans Wake

Continuing one at 3pm with 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.

We’ll close the day at 5pm with a panel on ‘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.