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 study of Irish literature and allied artistic forms and to provide a forum for intellectual and social activities in connection with these interests.

2016-2017 Programme

31 August – Update: Subscriptions for ILS September 2016 – May 2017 season now open; plans to be announced presently. Events include the annual Yeats lecture, broadcast collaboration with RTE, new writing, reflections on great Irish writing, the celebration of our 125th anniversary and exciting member events.

Member events

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 2015-16 season we have already arranged events at The National Archives, and are looking forward to talks at The Photographers’ Gallery and other venues for special events.

ILS cultural friends

The ILS works with a number of Irish organisations in the UK. We deliver three joint lectures every year: the Noel O’Connell lecture with the Irish Texts Society; the Yeats lecture held with the Irish Embassy; and the annual lecture held with the Centre for Irish Studies. In February 2016 we held our first major event with London Metropolitan University on the Irish Literary Revival.

Irish Texts Society

Irish Texts Society

London Metropolitan University, home of the Irish Studies Centre

London Metropolitan University, home of the Irish Studies Centre

Centre for Irish Studies, St Mary's University, Twickenham

Centre for Irish Studies, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

ILS Supporters

The ILS gratefully acknowledges its funding from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme and support received from our generous hosts The Bloomsbury Hotel.