Get thee hence, vile ash plume
Begone volcanic ash, at least in time for June 1st, when the Dublin Writers’ Festival kicks off. Philip Pullman’s conversation with Fintan O’Toole scheduled for Saturday has already been scuppered thanks to Icelandic eruptions, so we’ll have no more of that, particularly given the cracking programme that’s just been announced for the DWF. Ian McEwan (not his biggest fan, though was very fond of On Chesil Beach), David Mitchell (he of the remarkable Cloud Atlas fame), history heavyweight Antony Beevor and lots of other uncancellables on the programme. Course, if you can’t wait till June 1st, you can get your literary fix at the Gutter Bookshop this Friday for the first in the Some Blind Alleys Reading Series. Molly McCloskey will be given this week’s talk, on the theme Is autobiography reality? which will be followed by readings of autobiographical work by new nonfiction voices in Ireland. The series continues on July 3rd when the delightful Brian Dillon will discuss the question When is nonfiction art? and concludes with Carlo Gebler’s discussion of How does death influence truth? on September 3rd. Can’t wait that long? Looky here, then, it’s Paul Muldoon on popstrel Ke$sha’s Shakespearean references.