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October 2018

Troubling the Classics – 29 Oct

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£8 66 tickets left

For our October event we're bringing together a poet, a novelist and a dramatist to reflect on their work and its place in a rich seam of Irish literature inspired by the Greeks. The continuing interest of Irish writers in Greek and Latin classical literature as a model and source for inspiration is somewhat surprising given the almost complete disappearance of the teaching of classical languages in Irish schools over the last 50 years. Yet the myths and stories of the…

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November 2018

On the Pavement Grey: WB Yeats in Utopian Bedford Park – 19 Nov

November 19 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London
London, SW1X 7HR
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Lecture by Cahal Dallat with guests Ciarán Hinds and Anne-Marie Fyfe & launch of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project   Nobel-prizewinning poet, WB Yeats, though much inspired by Irish legend, landscape and longing, spent two-thirds of his youth in London, the majority of that time in Chiswick's Bedford Park, the Utopian/aesthetic garden-suburb/artists'-colony whose diverse inhabitants fostered his literary talent and endeavours. Irish poet and literary critic, Cahal Dallat, has lived within a few blocks of the Yeats family's two Bedford Park homes for all of his adult life and, fascinated…

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Astral Weeks at 50, a Van Morrison celebration – 26 Nov

November 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£10 54 tickets left

  "Had Astral Weeks, Ryan H. Walsh’s book on the creation of Van Morrison’s beloved album, focused on that process alone, it would have been compelling enough in and of itself. But instead, Walsh uses the fact that Morrison was living near Boston in 1968 to turn his book into a sprawling account of the city’s interconnected countercultural sects." Van Morrison’s great album turns 50 this November: to celebrate the Irish Literary Society is bringing together three writers (Lucy Caldwell, Gerald…

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March 2019

Working Class Irish Literature – 25 March

25th March 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What does it mean to be Irish and drawn from the bottom of an archaic and persistent class structure? In the recent years of political and social turbulence in the UK state of the nation debates have become commonplace and discussion on the representation of working class lives in literature has become a hot topic. A clearer recognition is emerging that publishers must overcome barriers of class and social mobility with the same level of commitment that has developed to…

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