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Banter at CultureTECH 2014

Jamie Byng, Steve Carson, John Leland and Hannah Donovan for Banter’s Culture Night trip to Derry in September

Mon, Jul 28, 2014, 10:36


Unlike last summer when we seemed to have been running a talking shop of one stripe or another every week, it has been a relatively quiet few months for Banter. We were in Limerick earlier this month for a brilliant discussion around what happens after the City of Culture year ends (a Banter first, in that it prompted a very interesting letter to the editor in the Limerick Leader from audience member Chris Duhig) and we were in Macroom at the weekend for the Banter Sunday Brunch Summit at the Mountain Dew Festival (read all about our first foray into review shows here).

However, we have been busy behind the scenes with plans for the autumn season. Later this week, we’ll announce who we have lined up for our visit to the Kinsale Arts Festival in September (food, music and film fans will want to know about this). We will also be doing something we can’t tell you about with Other Voices at the Electric Picnic at the end of next month. And we’re working away on speakers and topics for the monthly run of talks at Dublin’s Twisted Pepper which we’ll resume in September.

Today, though, we’re announcing details of the speakers for Banter’s one-night stand at CultureTECH in Derry on September 19. It’s our second year in a row at CultureTECH, the week-long messy celebration of creative innovation. We had a blast at the event last year – and we’ve also enjoyed ourselves enormously at visits to the Maiden City with Other Voices in 2013 and 2014 – so we were happy to yes when we got the call from Mark Nagurski to come to the northwest again.

Our sterling line-up for the Banter Big Kahunas evening is as follows:

Jamie Byng – publisher and managing director of Canongate

John Leland – New York Times journalist and author of Hip: The History

Steve Carson – Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions and formerly Chief Editorial Advisor and Director, Factual Group at RTÉ

Hannah Donovan – Co-founder and design Director at This Is My Jam and previously Head of Creative for Last.fm

The event will take place at St Augustine’s, Palace Street, Derry on Culture Night, Friday September 19 from 7pm. Admission is free, but advance booking is required and can be done here.