We're pleased to announce our programme. Buy tickets here online, from the booking office on 089 436 9868, or from the The Book MARKet Café in Kells (tel 085 889 6352) or Antonia's Bookstore in Trim (tel 046 943 7532). You can view a copy of the printed programme here.
Well known Irish food journalist Suzanne Campbell (Basketcase: What’s Happening to Ireland’s Food) will pose the question ‘When did the nation that was married to the land lose its inner culchie?’, and discusses what Ireland has lost in its headlong rush towards culinary cosmopolitanism. While Pen Vogler (Dinner with Dickens) will look back at the history of food and how it is represented in the works of the great British novelists, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Sinead Delahunty will host an event around her first cookbook Delalicious.
Pen is a food historian par excellence. Her favourite dish is 19th century Britain, whose cuisine she has served up in a number of works associated with some of the most beloved authors and characters in the English language. Take Dinner with Dickens, for example, where Pen celebrates the food of Victorian England by recreating dishes Dickens wrote about with such brio and gusto, and which he enjoyed himself in real life. Dickens used food for character exposition, to create comedy, and to highlight social issues. Pen is also the author of Tea with Jane Austen and Dinner with Mr Darcy, which focus on the cuisine of the Regency period. Pen will discuss how Dickens and Austen write about food to tell us about the morals, manners and characters in their novels; and how the social forces that they describe have changed what we eat.
Suzanne Campbell is a journalist with a particular interest in food, in its production, its consumption and its politics. She is a regular contributor to radio and TV programmes (Drivetime and Countrywide, RTÉ Radio 1) and to newspapers and magazines (Irish Times, Irish Independent). She is also the author, with her husband Philip Boucher Hayes, of Basketcase: What’s Happening to Ireland’s Food, which poses the challenging question: ‘When did the nation that was married to the land lose its inner culchie?’ and discusses what Ireland has lost in its headlong rush towards cosmopolitanism. The expression ‘food for thought’ was devised for events like this.