Irish artists representing various literary forms will join academics in discussion on the artistic legacy of the Revival. The playwright Marina Carr, poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and novelist Jennifer Johnston will discuss the influence of the Revival on their work and the place of the artist in Ireland after independence. Prof Declan Kiberd, Dr PJ Mathews of University College Dublin (joint editors of the recent Handbook of the Irish Revival) will present a literary and historical overview of the period. Dr Tony Murray, Director of the Irish Studies Centre, will chair the evening. Members must reserve tickets via the ILS Honorary Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org), non-members can purchase tickets via the link below.
filming at the ILS Revival event with a capacity audience.
Professor Declan Kiberd
One of Ireland’s great writers, a Whitbread and Booker prize winner, Johnston has produced brilliant work on the period of 1916-22 in Ireland and on the Great War, often as a means of examining contemporary Irish life. The Old Jest (1979) and Fool’s Sanctuary (1987) are key works which describe how the War of Independence shattered families and opened class, gender and religious divides.
Dr PJ Matthews
Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at University College Dublin, Matthews’ research interests include: the literature and culture of the Irish Revival, especially the work of J.M. Synge; twentieth century Irish writing; contemporary Irish theatre, and Irish music. Publications include The Cambridge Companion to J. M. Synge; Revival: The Abbey Theatre; Sinn Féin, the Gaelic League and the Co-operative Movement; and most recently (with Declan Kiberd) Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Political and Cultural Writings 1891-1922 (Abbey Theatre Press, 2015). He is also co-convenor of the Irish Studies Doctoral Research Network.
Dr Tony Murray
Director of the Irish Studies Centre at London Metropolitan University, Murray’s research is in literary and cultural representations of the Irish diaspora with a particular focus on the Irish in Britain. He is responsible for the Archive of the Irish in Britain and especially interested in the role of narrative in the construction and mediation of migrant identities. Publications include London Irish Fictions: Narrative Diaspora and Identity (2012) and Winifred M. Patton and the Irish Revival in London (2014).