Thursday 22 March 2018

Festival invite for every Finnegan

Finnegans of the world have been called to unite to bring to life one of Ireland's most well known yet hardest to read books.

Finns, Fionas, Finnbars, Fintons and Finnualas are also invited to get involved in what has been heralded as the first full length public performance of James Joyce's epic novel Finnegans Wake.

The live reading of the complex and famously impenetrable work will take place over a week and a half in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, next month.

Titled 'Awake All Finnegans', the marathon venture will see each participant read, whisper, shout or sing four pages of the book.

It is being staged as part of an annual festival in Enniskillen to celebrate the life of another of Ireland's literary greats - Samuel Beckett.

Beckett, who was schooled in Co Fermanagh, was a great friend of Joyce and regarded him as a mentor.

The Happy Days Festival, now in its third year, will stage events and performances in more than 30 locations across the island town where the Nobel-prize winning poet spent his formative years, as a student at the Portora Royal School.

Sean Doran, director of the festival, explained what is one of this year's highlights.

"Samuel Beckett and James Joyce met in Paris and became close friends, collaborating on the latter part of Finnegans Wake and we not only want to celebrate Beckett's legacy but also pay homage to Joyce," he said.

"James Joyce will be celebrated in a number of special and spectacular ways across the 12 days of the festival, and we invite all Finnegans of the world to take part in a live reading of this great work from beginning to end through the length of the festival. So, if you're a Finn, you're in."

The live reading will run from Friday August 1 until Sunday August 10.

Anyone wanting to take part is asked to contact or via post to Happy Days, 6 East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, BT74 7BT.

For more information about the festival, which is funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Fermanagh District Council, visit

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