​An evening of Irish music & mystery featuring author Erin Hart and musician Paddy O’Brien

Event details:
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library

Erin Hart is a mystery writer married to Paddy O’Brien, an internationally known accordionist and Irish musician, photographed in their St. Paul home

Hart and O’Brien in their St. Paul home. [Image via twincities.com]

 Celebrate 30 years of conservation at the University of Iowa with an evening of Irish music and mystery. Detective fiction writer Erin Hart will share how the discovery of the ninth century Fadden More Psalter inspired her latest novel.

The Psalter is an ancient religious text recently discovered in an Irish peat bog. Written at an estimated 1,000 years ago, the book is a significant archaelogical find because of its age and incredible condition and because it is bound in papyrus, which suggests a link between ancient Irish and Mediterranean cultures. Hart worked with preservationists, conservationists, and scholars to incorporate this element of Irish history into her fiction.

Participants will also enjoy a tour of the University Conservation Lab and the Iowa Women’s Archives. Musical accompaniment will be performed by Paddy O’Brien, a distinguished Irish musician who is currently at work on the third volume of The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music.

Ibn Butlan’s Tacuini Sanitatis (1531)

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The Maintenance of Health by Ibn ButlanImage via the guardian.com, credit Royal Society

This images are from a 14th century translation of Arabic doctor Ibn Butlan, who died circa 1068. Butlan’s title roughly translates to “health report.” The report addresses the impact of nature, emotional states, daily life, and meteorological conditions on health. Butlan wrote that his book concerned “the six things that are necessary for every man in the daily preservation of his health.” These included:

1. “The treatment of air, which concerns the heart.”

2. “The right use of foods and drinks.”

3. “The correct use of movement and rest.”

4. “The problem of prohibiting excessive wakefulness.”

5. “The correct use of elimination and retention of humors.”

6. “The regulating of the person by moderating joy, anger, fear, and distress.”

Illustration from the 15th century edition of Tacuinum Sanitatis by Ibn Butlan.Wine. Image via offi.fr                                                                                                                        Making spaghetti. Image via spaghettiforever.wordpress.com