Juliana Adelman This month the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland are holding their annual conference on ‘Ireland: city, town and village’, 13 and 14 November at the University of Ulster, Belfast campus. There’s a great line up of papers, check out the programme on our events page. The Blue Raincoat Theatre Company is staging an adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds in Sligo. Opera Ireland is offering Macbeth (Verdi) and Das Rheingold (Wagner) to stave off winter blues. And finally, October saw the 40th anniversary of Monty Python which is certainly an anniversary I think worth celebrating. Enjoy highlights on their youtube site. (And you can read Kevin’s piece on the proliferation of anniversaries, here.)
Lisa-Marie Griffith This is shameless self promotion but a project I have been working on for some time comes to fruition this month. The History of the City of Dublin Research Group (which was created to forward research on post-medeival Dublin and create a listings of those working on the city from 1500) will host it’s very first event this coming Thursday at Dublin City Library and Archives Pearse Street, a one day symposium focusing on the mayors of Dublin from 1500 entitled ‘Leaders of the city? The Dublin Mayoralty over Five Centuries’. Opening remarks will be made by Lord Mayor Emer Costello and the programme promises an iteresting day with lots of debate. This is a free event but you must pre-book.
Kevin O’Sullivan I’ve been reading a few interesting books recently: Facts are Subversive, a collection of Timothy Garton Ash’s writing – historical and political – from the past ten years; Richard Dowden’s Africa, a history/journalistic account of that continent’s mutilple contradictions; and the brilliant Philip Hoare book, Leviathan, or the Whale, which Juliana reviewed here. But my favourite discovery of the last month is the Antarctica Blog: a fascinating day-by-day account of the efforts of a team from the National History Museum in London to conserve artefacts from the explorer’s hut left behind by Captain Robert Falcon Scott (pictured above) in 1911 when he journeyed to the South Pole (with photos, anecdotes and assorted paraphernalia).