Lots of Banter in Foxy John's

DINGLE has a great reputation for banter and there will be no better time to get an earful than at the pub 'banter' sessions being held as part of the Other Voices TV series this weekend.

The public talks, chats and conversations will be held in Foxy John's pub with topics ranging from politics, books, technology and farming to campaigning, sports, craft beers and David Bowie.

Singer songwriter David Gray opens the Banter proceedings with a one-off tea-time interview at the start of the weekend. Eimear McBride, the author of A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing and the winner of the first ever Goldsmiths Prize for fiction, will also feature in the forum along with John Grant, who will be welcomed into the 'Banter Salon' in Foxy's for an in-depth interview about the music he makes, the music he listens to and the music that inspires him.

Alice Maher, an Irish artist of international standing, will no doubt provide some fascinating insights.

Pat Leahy, the Sunday Business Post's deputy editor and political editor, plus the editor of two books about Ireland's recent history, Showtime (2009) and this year's The Price of Power: Inside Ireland's Crisis Coalition (2013), will take his place in the Banter Salon in Dingle this weekend along with Gerard Barrett, the young Kerryman behind Pilgrim Hill, one of the year's most powerful and compelling films.

Michael Moynihan, Irish Examiner sports journalist and the author of "GAAconomics", is sure to have plenty to say.

The Banter Salon takes place at Foxy John's, Dingle, on Friday December 6 (5-6pm), Saturday December 7 (2-6pm) and Sunday December 8 (2-6pm). There will be special musical guests each day. Admission is free but space is strictly limited so get there early.