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Banter on the books – and on the beer

Details of this month’s Banter events featuring The Anti Room on books, culture and feminism plus The Craft of Irish Beer

Author Sheila Heti, who will be at Banter on April 28

Wed, Apr 17, 2013, 14:00


After our pretty damn awesome exploits in London at the start of the month (by the way, keep an eye on the Banter Salon Other Voices YouTube channel for performances, interviews and discussions from our adventures with Other Voices to date in Dingle, Derry and London), we’ve two back-to-back Banters in Dublin the weekend after next.

First off, we welcome The Anti Room back to Banter for another live recording of their monthly podcasts. On this occasion, it’s The Anti Room on books, culture and feminism with Sheila Heti (the Canadian writer whose new book How Should A Person Be? has just been published), Sinead Desmond (TV3) and Roe McDermott (Fanny.ie and RTE Arena) joining Anti Room hosts Sinead Gleeson and Anna Carey.

Sheila will be reading selections from How Should Be A Person Be? and also signing copies of the book afterwards. You’ll find Anti Room host Sinead Gleeson’s recent interview with Sheila for The Irish Times here.

The details: The Anti Room on books takes place on Sunday April 28 at The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (thanks to Karl and all at the Workman’s for facilitating this event). Doors open at 7.30pm and the conversation gets underway at 8pm sharp. Admission is free, but you need to be signed up to the invite list which you will find here.

The night after (Monday, April 29), it’s The Craft of Irish Beer, a Banter special as part of the Beatyard festival.

Over the last couple of years, craft beer has gone from being a niche product to a serious player in the often over-commercialised world of beer. Tonight, we’ll be looking at how and why this growth has occured, where the business is at the moment and, perhaps most importantly of all, where our speakers think we’re heading in the next couple of years.

A selection of craft beers at L Mulligan Grocer

On the beer: Colin Hession (L Mulligan Grocer and WJ Kavanagh’s, Dublin), Grainne Walsh (Metalman Brewing, Waterford) and Alex Lawes (homebrewer par excellence).

It’s a panel which reflects the diversity within the craft beer sector, featuring Alex, a new kid on the beer block brewing at home; Grainne, a brewer who has become an established player within just two years; and Colin, a chap who has done everything in the industry including running a wholesale operation, crafting his onw beers and opening his own bars.

The details: The Craft of Irish Beer takes place on Monday April 29 at the Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Doors open at 7.30pm and the conversation gets underway at 8pm sharp. Admission is €5 or €2 if you’re a Bodytonic member and tickets are available here. We’ll also some special extras on the night so stay tuned.