Pue’s recommendations for September

Juliana Adelman So autumn is upon us, but the festivals are not over yet!  The Dublin Fringe Festival (11 to 26 September) has a huge and diverse programme and I managed to find a few items with a historical angle.  ‘World’s End Lane‘ at The Lab in Foley Street revives the Monto (Dublin’s extinct red-light district) and ‘From the Heart’ promises ‘whispers of histories’ in a Georgian mansion (13 North Great George’s St).  I just finished a great historical novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, which I am recommending to all and sundry.  I have nothing to say about it except that it is a wonderful book and if you like it you can busy yourself for the winter by reading Mitchell’s back list.  Finally, two electronic recommendations:  I just discovered the palaeography  online tutorial provided by the National Archives in the UK and it is fantastic: an example of a really well thought out and useful public web resource.  Have you seen the Book Depository ‘live’?  You can watch people buy books on a big map.  This is far more compelling than it sounds.

Lisa Marie Griffith Culture night 2010 takes place on Friday 24th of September. It has expanded even further and is taking place in 20 towns and cities across Ireland. To discover what is happening in your locality you can click here. I just picked up a copy of Amanda Vickery’s Behind Closed Doors: At home in Georgian England which has recently come out in a lovely paperback edition. It set me back just 13.20 euro in Hodges Figgis- bargain! If you are located in the capital then I would recommend checking out the Tales of Medeival Dublin: lunchtime lecture series which are being hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council at the Wood Quay venue of the Civic Offices. This month, Tuesday 21 September at 1.05, Aine Foley is talking about the ‘Outlaw’s Tale’. If you missed the previous lectures they are available at the Friends of Medeival Dublin site.

Tina Morin While everyone else was away at Electric Picnic this past weekend, I was looking forward to the Temple House Festival, running from 10-12 September in Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Significantly less expensive than other festivals of its ilk, the festival features The Sawdoctors, Damien Dempsey, and the Odd Socks Revival, among many others. Well worth a look, if not a visit! Something else well worth a visit this month (or, indeed, until it closes in the Spring 2011), is the National Library of Ireland’s exhibition, Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland, 1858-1922. On in the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, the exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives, activities, and sites of a culture on the brink and in the midst of incredible social upheaval.

Kevin O’Sullivan Sometimes when I sit down to write these pointers for the coming month, I’m bursting with ideas to fill this short space. This – thankfully for my still-on-holiday brain – just happens to be one of those days. If you click on nothing else on Pue’s today, you must view this amazing collection of thirty-four colour photographs of the people and places of the Russian Empire, taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) between 1909 and 1912. Simply incredible – have a look at number 31, a stunning photograph of a family of Nomadic Kirghiz on the Golodnaia Steppe. From there, and just for the fun of it, have a look at this website for the book, or, more accurately, bookshelf addict. Finally, on a week’s jaunt to the north-west of our island, I had the chance to visit the wonderful Glebe House in Co. Donegal, the beautifully preserved former home of the artist Derek Hill, filled with originals from Picasso, Renoir, Le Brocquy, Osborne and lots more, all left in situ when Hill handed the house over to the state in 1980. Next time you’re near Glenveagh National Park, drop in for the tour – hugely interesting, and made all the more so by a brilliant tour guide and nice price (€3 – thank you OPW).

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17 Responses to “Pue’s recommendations for September”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Can I add my own ‘thumbs up’ to the Book Depository map, it is indeed truly addictive…although if one could map the purchasing venues of individul books it would be even better!

  2. puesoccurrences Says:

    One more thing that I forgot to add to my recommendations and has been brought to my attention in its absence (thanks Dad!):

    ‘Dublin’s late ’70s New Wave scene’
    Phibsborough Library, North Circular Road, Dublin 7
    Sunday, 12 September, 15.00

    A History Ireland Hedge School- Blasting back to the 70’s.

    Do you remember the Radiators From Space, the Virgin Prunes, the Blades, the Atrix, DC Nein, Fit Kilkenny and the Remoulds…? Join ‘Master’ Tommy Graham for a History Ireland Hedge School with Fintan O’Toole, Eamon ‘Dev’ Delaney, David ‘Black Catholic’ Donnelly & Councillor Cieran ‘Punk’ Perry. If you were part of the scene why not embarrass the kids and dig out the old Docs, hair gel and safety pins and join us in the park. And if you were too young come along anyway and find out about the youth culture explosion that produced bands as diverse as U2 and Paranoid Visions (both still gigging 30+ later). Including an exhibition of photos, punk ephemera and of course….…the music.


  3. thelittlereview Says:

    The collection of colour photographs from the Russian empire are amazing – I didn’t appreciate how much difference the colour would make until I looked at them, but the scenes seem so much more real somehow. It’s slightly unsettling too, because you rarely get that sense of immediacy from 100 year old photos. At times it almost seemed like you were looking at characters from a film set instead of the real thing.

    I’ve also just finished David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet which I really enjoyed, even if the story was a bit strange at times. I really liked the way he described the cultural exchanges between the eighteen century Dutch traders and the Japanese. Of his earlier books, I really liked Ghostwriter.


  4. puesoccurrences Says:

    Hi Niamh,
    I recommended David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet a few months ago. The plot was a bit odd but it was enjoyable! No Wolf Hall though! Mitchell has apparently just missed out on the Short-listing for the Booker although some had tipped him to win it. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0907/breaking27.html


  5. Patrick Says:

    Just on the subject of historical novels I am in the midst of reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (I know its so last year!) which is at least as good as everybody says it is. It has led me to wonder about the possibility of trying to compile a list of suggested historical novels perhaps through the guise of a Pue’s top five?

    There could of course be a bottom five too! There are some truly horendous ones out there too…

  6. puesoccurrences Says:

    I really enjoyed Wolf Hall- it was one of those books that I couldn’t put down but then missed once I had finished it.
    Good idea about the top 5- Who would you put on your top/bottom 5 Patrick?

  7. puesoccurrences Says:

    I have to admit I didn’t really like Wolf Hall. I thought it needed a good editor.


  8. puesoccurrences Says:

    Most of her books are pretty lengthy. I read a Place of Greater Safety which deals with the French revolution and really enjoyed it. I think it might even be a little longer.

    Q by Luther Blisset is another very good historical novel.


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