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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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£8

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
£8

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
£8

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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July 2018

Astral Weeks: A Tale of Two Cities

July 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential and loved albums of all time: Van Morrison's Astral Weeks turns 50 this November and we're bringing together two writers to reflect on the social and musical influences and profound musical impact of the album over the past 50 years. The two cities are Belfast, where Morrison grew up and formed Them, and Boston where Morrison, in hoc to the mob and living ... recorded Astral Weeks…

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