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December 2016

Christmas by Candlelight

19th December 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St George Hanover Square, The Vestry, 2A Mill Street
London, UK W1S 1FX United Kingdom
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Join our friends Irish Heritage for a seasonal selection of music and popular Christmas Carols together with readings from the ILS President Bernard O'Donoghue, ILS Vice President Roy Foster, Joe Lynam (BBC Business Correspondent) and BBC3 radio presenter Petroc Trelawny. Sinead O'Kelly, soprano from the London Oratory School Choir, joins with the organist Jonathan Beatty to provide the music. Presented in association with the Irish Literary Society. Tickets: Individual £20, Family £45 (incl wine reception and programme) From: Kathy O’Regan:…

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January 2017
£5

Sebastian Barry – 30 Jan

January 30 @ 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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The great Irish writer Sebastian Barry visits the ILS on 30 January to join in conversation with Prof Roy Foster about his new novel Days Without End. The novel continues Barry's saga of two Irish families, the Dunnes and the McNultys, which has spanned several novels and multiple time frames and locations. The Guardian has called the sequence 'one of the most compelling, bravura and heart-wrenching fictional projects of recent memory.'A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of…

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February 2017

Cahal Dallat walk – 19 Feb

February 19 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Turnham Green, Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick
London, UK W4 1QN United Kingdom
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On Sunday afternoon 19 February the ILS will be making an outing to Bedford Park for a walk led by the poet Cahal Dallat - members will remember Cahal and his accordion from our London Irish Poetic Tradition event back in November 2016. This is a members-only event which takes in the home of the Yeats family and considers, through visits to the houses of artists, publishers, painters, composers and politicians, how Bedford Park in the late 19th century allowed…

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin – 27 Feb

February 27 @ 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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Renowned poet Ní Chuilleanáin is the current Ireland Professor of Poetry, she was a founding member and editor of the literary journal Cyphers and is one of the major Irish poets of her generation. This is her first visit to the Irish Literary Society and she will be reading from her own work. Ní Chuilleanáin is the Vermeer of contemporary poetry. Her luminous interiors achieve great visual beauty, but should not be mistaken for exercises…

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March 2017
£5

Mícheál Mac Craith – 27 March

March 27 @ 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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Professor Mícheál Mac Craith will deliver the 2017 joint Irish Texts Society / Irish Literary Society Noel O’Connell Lecture on the subject of 'Robin Flower and Irish Love Poetry'. Presented in association with the Irish Texts Society: Speaker: Mícheál Mac Craith Mícheál Mac Craith is a Franciscan priest who was Professor of Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway from 1997 until his retirement in August 2011. He…

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April 2017

Carlo Gébler – 24 April

April 24 @ 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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Author, playwright, teacher and filmmaker Dr. Carlo Gébler visits the ILS to read from his work and reflect on his career, changes in attitudes to literature in his lifetime and his recent short story collection and memoirs. His most recent publications are The Projectionist, the story of Ernest Gébler, a life of his father that mixes memoir and biography, the short story collection, The Wing Orderly’s Tales, and Confessions of a Catastrophist (2015). For almost 25 years, Gebler worked as…

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May 2017

Donal Ryan – 22 May

May 22 @ 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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The novelist Donal Ryan joins Dorothy Allen to discuss his latest novel, All We Shall Know. Ryan's award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, was published to great acclaim in 2012: it won the Guardian First Book Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. The Thing About December and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun followed soon after. All We Shall Know is a tragic and vivid tale which…

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June 2017

Eavan Boland – 26 June 2017

June 26 @ 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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Widely considered to be one of Ireland’s most important contemporary poets, Eavan Boland is currently a Professor of Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing Programme at Stanford University, where she has taught since 1996. In 2015 a New Collected Poems was published, and Eavan Boland: Inside History, a book celebrating her long and distinguished career, was recently published by Arlen House, its editor will join in conversation with Boland. In January 2017 Boland was appointed editor of Poetry Ireland Review. Poetry has been…

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July 2017

AGM 2017 – 3 July

July 3 @ 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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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 3 July 2017, 7.30pm AGENDA 1. Chairman's Opening Remarks 2. Apologies 3. Minutes from 2016 AGM 4. Matters Arising 5. Honorary Secretary’s Report 6. Chairman’s Report 7. Treasurer’s Report 8. Membership Secretary’s Report 9. Constitutional changes 10. Election of the Officers & Committee for the ILS Season 2016-17 and any other voting. 11. Appointment of Honorary Auditors 12. Plans for 2017-18 13. AOB Members are invited to propose candidates for the election of Officers and Committee members for…

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History of Modern Ireland – 12 July

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London
London, SW1X 7HR
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The Ambassador of Ireland Mr. Daniel Mulhall and Mrs. Greta Mulhall invite members of the ILS to the launch of ‘The Cambridge History of Modern Ireland' Edited by Eugenio F. Biagini and Mary E. Daly at the Embassy of Ireland on 12th July 2017 from 18.00 - 20.00. This event is open to ILS members only and tickets will be allocated by lottery. RSVP essential by 5 July: irishlitsoc@gmail.com

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