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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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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

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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October 2017

Writing Gay Irish Lives – 30 Oct

October 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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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

November 14 @ 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

November 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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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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