Experts, comedy and zombies:
It’s Kilkenomics

“Mammynomics,” an addiction to bad news and “zombie economics” are just some of the topics that will be explored at this year’s Kilkenomics festival from November 1-4.

“Mammynomics,” an addiction to bad news and “zombie economics” are just some of the topics that will be explored at this year’s Kilkenomics festival from November 1-4.

The third annual festival blending humour and the not-so-humorous state of the Irish, European and even world economies will take a closer look inside Ireland and other countries that seem to be getting it either fantastically right or horribly wrong.

The opening night of the festival will kick off with a session asking: “Are We Turning the Corner?” and over four days the festival will consider questions such as “The Feminine Touch: Does ‘Maleness’ Cause Financial and Economic Mistakes?”, “China: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”, “Does Greece Hold All the Cards?” and “Germany Exposed: What Makes Europe’s Biggest Economy Tick?”

On the serious side, a Raymond Crotty Lecture will tap into the expertise of Paul McCulley, “the man who coined the phrase the ‘shadow banking system’ and the ‘Minsky Moment’ and who as the former chief economist and managing director of PIMCO – the world’s largest bond fund.”

And on the funny side, comedian Colm O’Regan will present a Kilkenomics edition of his newly published book, Isn’t It Well For Ye? The Book of Irish Mammies.

A Sunday brunch session in the Pembroke Hotel will also return this year with the theme “Reasons to be Cheerful: Ireland’s Gems.”

The festival’s local currency, the Marble, is also set to return.

Tickets are on sale individually, and there is also a Festival Ticket on offer. The Festival Ticket Package includes admission to five shows of your choice (subject to availability), one book of your choice from the festival book list, one pass to the Festival Club and 20 Marbles to spend in Kilkenny that weekend. Full price is €100, with a concession price of €80 for OAPs, students and unemployed people.

A Kilkenomics box office is due to open in Kilkenny on October 22, but tickets can already be purchased at www.kilkenomics.com.