Opening Night of Artisann Gallery

ARTISANN

Ann and Ken Bartley celebrate a highly successful opening of Artisann Gallery in Belfast. People braved the rain and packed the venue with many Arts Council and RUA representatives in attendance. The gallery was officially opened by RUA President

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Interview with Adrian Dunbar on Samuel Beckett and Life in the Arts

The 5th ANNUAL HAPPY DAYS INTERNATIONAL BECKETT FESTIVAL takes place in Fermanagh 21ST JULY-1ST AUGUST…www.happy-days-enniskillen.com Check out events

Adrian Dunbar has enjoyed a highly successful career both on stage and screen. Last September he returned to the stage in Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive.

During the Happy Days Festival in Enniskillen 2015, I met up with the Fermanagh actor and festival associate to find out his views on Beckett, Irish Writers and life in the arts. The multi-talented actor and director has been an associate of the Beckett Festival since its inaugural year.

FL Brunell talks with Adrian Dunbar

FL Brunell talks with Adrian Dunbar

FOR Interview IN FULL refer to F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Q and A)

Presenting: David Norris and F.L.Brunell James Joyce

David Norris and F.L.Brunell

David Norris and F.L.Brunell

Brunell’s work is centred around a unique concept of painting dates in time, with days, months, and years, being transformed into a visual manifestation.

The James Joyce Bio-cycle -biographical lifecycle, denotes, from the inner circle outwards, the years of James Joyce’s birth and death respectively 1882-1941. The style of the painting, particularly the intensity of colour, captures the spirit of Joyce, his life and legacy.

James Joyce described Ulysses as a ‘compass in a day’ in a 1919 letter, life cyclical. The clock goes round, the months of the year go round, life goes around.

At long last…I made it to Martello James Joyce Tower; where Ulysses began and where it all began for me!

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Hello Bloomsday, hello James Joyce Tower – and not out of time. This place has been on my to do list for….10 years? Finally I visit the place to where Ulysses began. Until now been only an image in my mind. But what is the significance of the James Joyce Tower for me…and for Joyce himself?

FOR STORY IN FULL REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Literary Festivals in  Ireland)

 

What does Muhammad Ali have in common with James Joyce and W.B.Yeats?

JAMES JOYCE V W.B. YEATS?! MAY THE BETTER WRITER WIN!

2015-01-17 20.33.13Recently at the James Joyce Centre Dublin I discovered this humorous t-shirt with an image of Joyce and Yeats fighting it out in the boxing ring. Both writers are championed amongst the greatest of Irish writers so it was witty to think of them vying for victory over the other. It was only after I saw this T-shirt (Fruit of the Loom, illustrator unknown) at the James Joyce Centre Dublin that I heard of the recent passing of the worlds most celebrated boxer Muhammad Ali. Not until then had I conceived any relationship between Joyce, Yeats and Ali, and yet there exists a powerful connection by way of;determination and leaving a legacy of infamous quotes.

FOR STORY IN FULL REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (My Writings About Writers)

Book Tip Tuesday -When Book Tips Match Finger Tips

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Combining the colour of my finger tips with books tips….

WHAT ON EARTH INSPIRED BOOK TIP TUESDAY? IT WAS POET MICHAEL LONGLEY!

The celebrated writer Michael Longley was hosting a talk, after which he offered to sign books. In the process of signing my copy the observant author remarked on how the colour of my nail varnish matched the cover of his poetry book. It was by sheer coincidence that the colours co ordinated. As an artist colour is undoubtedly important to me. This triggered the idea of combining the colour of my finger tips with books tips

Now marks the birth of Book Tip Tuesday (first Tuesday of every month.)

All suggestions welcome!

Book Tips for each Month  REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Book Tip Tuesday)