Miscellany50: Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany
edited by Clíodhna Ní Anluain
Wednesday, 2nd October 2019 at 6.30pm,
in Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street Dublin 2
Friday, 4th October 2019 at 6.30pm,
in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway.
About the book: Beginning in 1968, fifty-five personal essays and poems reveal the power of Ireland’s finest writers to delve into the details of Irish life with insight, honesty and wit.
Here, side by side, are stories around the first moon landing, the eruption of violence in the North, the visit to Ireland by Ronald Reagan, divorce, the X-case, 9/11, direct provision centres, the Celtic Tiger and its crash, great sporting moments,the Eurovision Song Contest, Edna O’Brien, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs and Sinéad O’Connor, institutional abuse, emigration, moving statues, Irish weather and water, first love and first jobs, parenthood, illness, loss and starting over.
As a record of Ireland from wonderful and unexpected angles, Miscellany50 will amuse and intrigue for many years to come. Originally commissioned for performance at Miscellany50 Live radio festival weekend in late 2018, this is a unique collection in a beautifully illustrated volume.