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March 2017

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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£5

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 studied in Galway, Rome and Louvain. His books are Lorg…

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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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September 2017

Constance and Eva, 17-27 Sept

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - September 27 @ 8:30 pm
The Bread and Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham
London, SW4 6DZ United Kingdom
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ILS members will remember Dr Kimberly Campanello from her fascinating talk at the ILS last year on Sheela na gigs and the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. Campanello has a new play on those radical sisters Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth. The play runs from 17-27 September at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham. While we're not arranging a formal ILS outing this time many members will be attending the final night of the run…

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William Trevor – 21 Sept

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London
London, SW1X 7HR
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MEMBERS ONLY EVENT - The lottery for tickets for this event is now closed. Those successful will be informed by 29 August 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 and the great cellist Steven Isserlis, both friends and admirers of the late author.

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The Ferryman – ILS member tickets lottery

September 21 @ 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

September 25 @ 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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