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November 2017

Eimear McBride – 27 Nov

27th November 2017 @ 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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Eimear McBride joins the Irish Literary Society to discuss and read from her work. Described by the Times Literary Supplement as ‘a writer of remarkable power and originality,’ McBride's debut A Girl is a Half-formed Thing received the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Her short stories have appeared in Dubliners 100, The Long Gaze Back and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She writes and reviews…

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January 2018

National Theatre Archive screening -16 Jan

January 16 @ 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

January 29 @ 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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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

February 19 @ 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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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

March 26 @ 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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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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April 2018

Micheál Ó Conghaile – 30 April

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith W6 9DT United Kingdom + Google Map
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The ILS is delighted to announce that the ILS / ITS Noel O’Connell Annual Memorial Lecture will be given by Micheál Ó Conghaile on his Irish language translations of the London-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and the Irish language literary scene today. Ag aistriú Martin Mc Donagh ansin dfheadainn labhairt faoi scribhneoireacht agus foilsitheoireacht na Gaeilge inniu agus ceisteanna a fhreagairt. Ó Conghaile's translations of McDonagh's work - The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Banríon Álainn an Líonáin), The Cripple of Inishmaan…

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May 2018

Border Walk: Garrett Carr and Iain Sinclair – 21 May

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith W6 9DT United Kingdom + Google Map
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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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June 2018

AGM – 11 June

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith W6 9DT United Kingdom + Google Map

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 11 June 2018, 7.30pm Location: Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith All current members of the Society are invited to attend and participate at the ILS AGM. The meeting is an opportunity for the Committee to report and be questioned on the performance of the Society, its plans and its financial situation. It is also an opportunity for members to offer their thoughts on the state of the Society, to seek election and to vote on resolutions. We hope to…

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September 2018

The Irish Way of Death – 24 Sept

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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The Irish Literary Society opens its 2018-19 season with a meditation on death, dying and our attitudes to mortality. In his book, The Way We Die Now, Dr. O’Mahony gives us a rare glimpse into the world of death and dying from the vantage point of a medical doctor. In My Father’s Wake Toolis writes of his coming-to-terms with the death of his father and brother and reflects on the denial of space for grief in the modern world. 'Toolis has…

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October 2018

Archive of the Irish in Britain visit – 16 Oct

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Archive of the Irish in Britain, 16 Goulston Street
London, E1 7TP United Kingdom
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We are delighted to announce a special members-only visit to the Archive of the Irish in Britain. The Archive consists of collections of documents, audio and video recordings, books, photographs and ephemera cataloguing the history of the Irish in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  Dr Tony Murray, the curator of the archive, will give an introductory talk and lead two groups through unique materials in the archive before leading a question and answer session.  There…

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