BookNight with John Waters: Ireland a Century Since 1916 – Is This a Republic?

Talk Friday 20 May 2016, 7:00PM

John Waters is one of Ireland’s leading and most eclectic authors, commentators and journalists whose best-known book Jiving at the Crossroads reads like a letter from his own rock ‘n’ roll generation to that of his father, who grew up in the shadow of the 1916 Easter Rising, and its expectations for Ireland.

In the centennial Spring of that historic event – the first European revolution of the 20th Century and harbinger of the end of the British Empire – Waters joins us for a BookNight dinner at Frontline to reflect upon what happened in Dublin 100 years ago, on its political and spiritual promises of nationhood for Ireland … And to measure the state of the present-day country (and its entwinement with, as well as separation from, Britain) in the light of what his hero Patrick Pearse, and others, proclaimed outside the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916. And to introduce his forthcoming book, a long meditation on these themes, directly addressed to his father.

John will be in conversation over dinner with Ed Vulliamy. Recommended reading: John Waters – Jiving at the Crossroads, Was It For This?: Why Ireland Lost The Plot; Patrick Pearse – The Coming Revolution.

The evening will start with drinks at 7:00 PM, followed by a sit-down dinner at 7:30 PM.

Three course menu costs £25 per person – drinks not included.

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