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September 2017

William Trevor – 21 Sept

21st September 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London
London, SW1X 7HR
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EMBASSY OF IRELAND event - The Embassy of Ireland has kindly reserved a number of tickets for Irish Literary Society members for its celebration of the life and work of William Trevor. Please contact the Hon. Secretary for further details. The Ambassador of Ireland Mr. Adrian O’Neill, the Trevor family and Viking Books host an evening to celebrate the life and work of William Trevor KBE at the Embassy of Ireland. The evening will feature the Chinese-American author Yiyun Li…

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The Ferryman – ILS member tickets lottery

21st September 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, Soho
London, W1D 6AR United Kingdom
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The ILS has 20 tickets for excellent seats for the acclaimed Royal Court production of Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman for a performance on the evening of 21 September to issue free to members. To apply for a ticket you must be a fully paid-up member, you should complete the form below. The lottery will close on 8 September and the ILS Honorary Secretary will contact those successful on 9 September. Please note that the performance starts at 7pm, 21 September,…

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Caldwell and Hayden – 25 Sept

25th September 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury
London, WC1H 0AR United Kingdom
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June Caldwell and David Hayden visit the ILS to discuss their latest volumes of short stories and the short story form. From one of Ireland’s most grindingly authentic and radically original talents, Caldwell's Room Little Darker explores the clandestine aspects of modern life through jagged, visceral tales of wanton sex, broken relationships, homelessness and futuristic nightmares. Caldwell’s modernist style and tendency to switch forms never let the reader rest. Each of her stories announces itself with a bang. The outrageous…

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October 2017

Writing Gay Irish Lives – 30 Oct

30th October 2017 @ 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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In light of social and legal changes in Ireland over recent years the ILS is drawing together Irish writers to consider the representation of queer people in Irish literature. Our panel will be reflecting on London as a place of escape, queer representation in Irish writing, homosexuality in the discourse of what constitutes Irishness, and the integration of queer characters and narratives into the wider culture. Here in London the 50-year anniversary since it stopped being illegal for two men…

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November 2017

Tara Bergin – 14 Nov

14th November 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London
London, SW1X 7HR
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The Irish Literary Society is delighted to invite its members to the Embassy of Ireland for an evening with one of Ireland's most fascinating poets. As there are only limited seats available for this event interested members should apply for tickets via the form below. Tara Bergin’s debut collection, This is Yarrow, won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and she was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Bergin’s Gothic imagination – precise, claustrophobic, yet…

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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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