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January 2018

National Theatre Archive screening -16 Jan

16th January 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Theatre Studio, 83-101 The Cut, Lambeth
London, SE1 8LL United Kingdom
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The ILS has arranged for a group visit on 16 January to the National Theatre Archive for a screening of the recording of the NT production of Conor McPherson's The Veil from 2011. The screening room at the Archive has only limited capacity so we must limit this event to members-only, there are 25 places. If there is sufficient demand we will arrange a further screening. Please contact the Honorary Secretary if you wish to reserve a place: irishlitsoc@gmail.com. May…

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Roddy Doyle – 29 Jan

29th January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£8

One of Ireland's best-loved writers makes his first appearance at the Irish Literary Society. Doyle joins us in conversation on his books, films, educational work and his forthcoming novel, Smile. It tells the captivating story of Victor Forde, for whom a chance meeting in a pub conjures up long-buried childhood memories – and it’s a book about how we all struggle to accommodate our past selves. There is not a writer currently working in the English language who can match…

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February 2018

Jews in Irish Literature – 19 Feb

19th February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£8 100 tickets left

The Irish Literary Society is engaging with writers and academics to reflect on 'Representations of Jews in Irish Literature'. The innovative research project of the same title was developed out of NUI Galway and Ulster University and forms the centre of tonight's event. The main objective of the project is to analyse representations of Jews in Irish literature from the earliest times to the present. The project is investigating references to Jews in Irish literature, whether in Irish or English,…

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March 2018

Dervla Murphy – 26 March

26th March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£8 100 tickets left

Dervla Murphy is Ireland’s most prolific travel writer who for five decades has travelled the world mostly alone, and mostly by bicycle. A fiercely independent woman who turned her back on societal conventions at a time when few were as brave, she observed and recorded the world with wonder and curiosity, and an astute political sensibility. Few have ever explored the world on two wheels as has Dervla Murphy, she joins us to reflect on her literary work and the…

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May 2018

Border Walk: Garrett Carr and Iain Sinclair – 21 May

21st May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£8

First this three-hundred-mile line demarcated counties, then countries and will next be the frontier of the European Union. As the uncertain agreements and 'statements of intent' are confirmed and disavowed by the UK and EU representatives over the Irish border we look at the topography of this line on the map and consider the human geography of borderlands. Cartographer, artist and writer Garrett Carr has in his book The Rule of the Land told the story of Ireland’s border and…

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