A year of Banter
It has been a very busy 12 months at Banter, the ongoing series of discussions, interviews and conversations which, as regular readers know all too well, I produce and host. We started Banter back in 2009 in a small upstairs …
It has been a very busy 12 months at Banter, the ongoing series of discussions, interviews and conversations which, as regular readers know all too well, I produce and host. We started Banter back in 2009 in a small upstairs room in the Twisted Pepper and we’ve watched, often in astonishment, as it has kept going and growing. We even won a blooming Pop Life award for Best Talking Shop.
In 2012, there were 16 Banter sessions in all (more if you counted all the Banter Salon at Other Voices’ panels individually), which is quite a lot of talk. We covered a lot of ground, from running to Madonna, hipsters to showbiz, attention spans to football and Nile Rodgers to Pep Guardiola – the latter was the subject of last night’s fantastic, sold-out session featuring his biographer and Sky Sports’ pundit Guillem Balague, which was a great way to end the year.
We said hello to The Anti Room as they came onboard for a live podcast recording in October and we will have them back for much more in 2013 (we’re also planning more co-promotions and guest hosts). As well as the monthly happenings in our newly extended home at the Twisted Pepper, we hosted Banter sessions in Donegal, Galway, Limerick and Dingle and will be travelling to Derry, London and elsewhere in 2013. Yep, we have a lot of plans.
Thanks to everyone who makes Banter happen: from Eoin, Trevor, Conor, Eimear, Josh and everyone at Bodytonic and the Twisted Pepper to those who’ve invited Banter to their festivals and neck of the woods; all the panelists who’ve given us their time, attention and bon mots; the members of the unofficial kitchen cabinet who’ve listened to me go on about Banter stuff all year (Lisa, Finian and R&R deserve a special mention) and especially the audience. Without those who show up to Banter, there wouldn’t be Banter so huge thanks to them for sticking with us.
Next Banter: we’re back in January with Grow It Yourself. This discussion has been prompted by the huge number of people who are now growing their own vegtables, herbs and fruit. The Twisted Pepper’s sister venue, the Bernard Shaw, now has the Raver Cottage garden on its roof which provides the cafes and bars in both venues with fresh herbs and veg and we’ve also seen the massive growth in community gardens around the city and country.
We’d going to have a look at what’s behind this movement of going back to growing your own, the scalability and sustainability of this and how people can be encourage to take up a shovel and get digging. We’re doing this at the start of the year too as that’s when people make resolutions to do this kind of thing so this will hopefully prompt them to actually follow through on their good intentions.
The Grow It Yourself panel: Ella McSweeney (RTE’s Ear to the Ground and BBC Radio 4), Kaethe Burt-O’Dea (Sitric Community Garden, SPUDS), Sinead Keenan (Healthy Food For All) and Andrew Douglas (Urban Farm, Dublin).
Venue and date: Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1; Tuesday January 22 (doors open 7.30pm the Banter gets going at 8pm sharp).
Tickets: admission is free but you must sign up in advance to our guestlist here.
More information on January on more awesome Banter panels to come in 2013.