July 10: Single-Malt Tasting Tonight & Reading Announcement

Tonight: Single-Malt Scotch Tasting with the Whisky Wench
Time: 7:30 pm

Fiona, aka the Whisky Wench, invites all to our next Single-Malt Scotch Tasting tonight at 7:30 pm.

The details:

* $25 flat fee to participate
* 4 – 5 grand pours from our extensive stock

It’s great fun and really really great scotch. Cheers to the Wench! She’s an absolute gem.

REVIEW – IRISH ABROAD WEIGHS IN

Over at the Irish Abroad site, they’ve posted a roundup of reviews on recent Irish and Celtic books. This includes a really nice piece on Bill Watknis’ Once and Future Celt:

When Bill Watkins’ first memoir A Celtic Childhood was released almost a decade ago, the world was awash in Frank McCourt-mania, so Watkins’ book might have slipped under the radar, dismissed as “just another Irish memoir.” But Watkins’ book, about growing up in England and Ireland with a Welsh father and Irish mother, was infused with humor and poignancy. He has now written another memoir, entitled The Once and Future Celt, which recounts time Bill spent in his early 20s with Romany Gypsies (including his efforts to woo a forbidden girl), as well as his efforts to find employment in Birmingham, England, and his father’s decision to offer up some juicy family secrets. Watkins is among the best of many people these days who are exploring the nature of Celtic – as opposed to strictly Irish – identity.

Read all the reviews at Irish Abroad.

READING ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Bill Watkins will read from the Once and Future Celt as part of Friday night’s Kilt Night and live Irish music fun. Join us at 7:00 pm for the reading. Special thanks to KFAI for the annoucement!

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