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Banter in December: Other Voices, Review of 2012 & Pep Guardiola

It has been a bumper year for Banter – 13 to date and counting afer last night’s entertaining yakking about the politics of showbiz – but it’s not over yet as we head into what’s going to be a very …

Thu, Nov 22, 2012, 09:30


It has been a bumper year for Banter – 13 to date and counting afer last night’s entertaining yakking about the politics of showbiz – but it’s not over yet as we head into what’s going to be a very busy December.

The Banter Salon arrives at Foxy John’s for Other Voices

We start the month in Foxy John’s, Dingle, Co Kerry where we’ve been invited by the Other Voices crew to take part in this year’s festival. The Banter Salon at Foxy John’s will feature discussions and conversations on Saturday and Sunday December 1 and 2 including Guardian media writer Lisa O’Carroll on a wild year for the media business; Jerry Kennelly (Stockbyte and Tweak) and Kieran Murphy (Murphy’s Ice Cream) discussing where the spark to create something innovative come from; historian and author Diarmaid Ferriter on a decade of centenaries and if your ancestors realised what was coming down the line in 1912; from the Silver Threads Of Hope anthology of new Irish short stories, Peter Murphy and Siobhan Mannion read from their work and are joined by anthology editor Sinead Gleeson for a discussion about Irish literature in post-boom Ireland; poet Paul Muldoon on his new book The Word On The Street: Rock Lyrics and Dermot McLaughlin, director of Derry City Of Culture 2013, on what’s ahead for the Maiden City in 2013. There will also be performances at the Banter Salon for various acts playing at Other Voices. Admission will be free, but capacity is strictly limited so it will be first come, first served when doors open each day at 4pm. Full timetable next week.

Talk to Joe at Banter

Next on the agenda is the Banter Review of 2012. Going on our track record in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the Review of the Year is always a splendid night out as our panel run the rule over the events, news stories, heroes and villians of the last 12 months. Joining me to look back at what was what in 2012 are Joe Duffy (Liveline, RTE Rado One), Emmet Malone (The Irish Times’ football correspondant) and Una Mullally (journalist, broadcaster and fellow blogger on the irishtimes.com block). It all happens at our usual digs at the Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 on Wednesday December 12 (doors open 7.30pm the Banter gets going at 8pm sharp). Admission is free but you must sign up in advance to our guestlist here. Please note that we expect this one to be very busy – even with the increased capacity in the newly extended main room of the Twisted Pepper – so make sure you sign up for it today.

It’s Pep time

Finally for 2012, we have Another Way Of Winning, a Banter conversation and Q&A with Guillem Balague about his biography of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

Guillem is a key fixture in Sky Sports’ coverage of Spanish football, appearing regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de La Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper and El Larguero, Spain’s most popular sports radio show, attracting some 1,5 million listeners. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. He also wrote the bestselling “A Season on the Brink”, an insider’s account of Liverpool’s 2004-05 Champions’ League winning campaign, updated later with the 2006 FA Cup victory. In November 2012 he published the first international biography of Pep Guardiola, Another Way of Winning, based in conversation with him, his former players and Pep’s closest friends.

This Banter event takes place at the Twisted Pepper on December 19. Tickets are now on sale at €8 and €6 (Bodytonic members) a go. As we don’t really expect to have any on sale on the door going on sales so far, get one ASAP if you want to come along to hear Guillem on Pep.