This week, we asked illustrator and author of the best-selling Irelandopedia Fatti Burke about the books that have stood out in her life…in the first edition of My Life in Books.
Book that reminds you of…Love
Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
Book that reminds you of…Childhood
Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (13 3/4) – Sue Townsend
Book that reminds you of…Adulthood
‘Tis – Frank McCourt
Book that reminds you of…School
About A Boy – Nick Hornby
Book that reminds you of…Regrets
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
Book that reminds you of…Growing Older
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
Book that reminds you of…Change
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Book that reminds you of…Heartbreak
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby (oops! two Hornbys on the list!)
Book that reminds you of…Pop Culture
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
Book that reminds you of…Danger
It – Steven King (first book to make me scared to go to sleep)
For all those heading to see Ray Davies speak later tonight at the National Concert Hall we hope you will have a great time and here is a tune to get your excitement levels a little higher. The Kinks released the song, “You Really Got Me”, on August 4th, 1964. Speaking in the documentary, Imaginary Man, Ray responds to a question about the song by saying, “64, the end of 64, that’s when I was born. I was literally born when that was a hit.” In that case this year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Ray Davies’ rebirth as the artist, icon and rock legend that we have all known him as. So Happy Fiftieth Birthday, Mr. Davies!
Seeing as today is Saturday, once again we bring you a song by The Kinks. This time the song of choice is “Days” and the days we’re thinking of are the nine days left until Ray Davies will stride onto the stage at the National Concert Hall on May 19th. Remember this year Dublin Writers Festival will have an extended nine day run, from Saturday the 17th through until Sunday the 25th. We have whole host of exciting events coming up so check out our full line-up to make sure you don’t miss out. In the meantime, sit back, turn the speakers up to 11 and hit play:
We’re counting down the days until Ray Davies speaks at the National Concert Hall and for the past few Saturday’s we’ve been featuring a song from Ray’s band, The Kinks, in anticipation of the event. The first song we featured, “Waterloo Sunset”, is one of my favourite songs by the band and the song today, “The Village Green Preservation Society”, is my other favourite. Hope that you will enjoy it too. Follow this link for more information about Ray Davies’ upcoming appearance at the National Concert Hall. As an added bonus today we are also including a documentary about Ray Davies called Imaginary Man so that you can learn a little more about the rock legend before seeing him speaking about his life, work and new book, Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff, live on May 19th.
EXTRA BONUS: Kate Rusby’s well executed cover of “The Village Green Preservation Society”
If it’s Ray Davies that you seek then it won’t be Regent Street or Leicester Square that you’ll find him this May 19th. Rather you can come see him at the National Concert Hall, where the rock legend and former front-man of iconic sixties band The Kinks will sit in conversation with Joseph O’Connor and read an extract from his new book, Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff. It’s sure to be an event that is not to be missed so get your tickets now.
To tide you over until the day itself here’s a classic from The Kinks. The song is “Dedicated Follower of fashion” and this particular video makes use of some excellent, vintage video footage. Enjoy!
Four weeks will see rock legend Ray Davies taking to the stage at the National Concert Hall, where he will sit down in conversation with Joseph O’Connor and discuss his new book, Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff. Hop over here if you want to buy tickets or get more information. As we count down to the event every week we are bringing you a classic hit from The Kinks. Today’s offering is “Sunny Afternoon.” Enjoy!!!
Photograph by Jerry Bauer
Described by NPR as “the most eloquent man in the world,” writer and broadcaster Frank Delaney has interviewed more than 3500 of the world’s most important writers over three decades, but it’s now his turn to be interviewed by Lynne Nolan for the Dublin Writers Festival.