The Irish Literary Society was established in London in 1892. Among its founders were W B Yeats and Douglas Hyde and other leaders of the Irish Literary Revival.
The object of the Society is to promote the appreciation of Irish literature and culture and to provide a forum for intellectual and social activities in connection with these interests.
Subscriptions for ILS September 2017 – May 2018 season are now open – see the shop; you can also pay per event. The programme for the new season will be announced presently and includes theatre, a celebration of William Trevor, reflections on legal and social changes in Ireland; Roddy Doyle; Eimear McBride… and a rich range of work across literary forms and special events for members. Events are usually held on the last Monday of the month.
We engage with cultural and community organisations for special member-only events. These include visits and talks at galleries, archives and other cultural venues. In the 2017-18 season we will be arranging archive visits, theatre trips and much more.
The ILS works with a number of Irish organisations in the UK. We deliver joint lectures every year: the Noel O’Connell lecture with the Irish Texts Society; the Yeats lecture held with the Irish Embassy. We work with London Metropolitan University and the Archive of the Irish in Britain.