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Call goes out for reading of Finnegans Wake at festival

Undated handout photo issued by Happy Days Festival of Devenish Island, Lower Lake, Enniskillen

Undated handout photo issued by Happy Days Festival of Devenish Island, Lower Lake, Enniskillen

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 the annual Happy Days Festival to celebrate the life of another of Ireland’s literary greats – Samuel Beckett.

 

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