The Irish Literary Society was established in London in 1892. Among its founders were W B Yeats and Douglas Hyde and other leaders of the Irish Literary Revival.

The object of the Society is to promote the appreciation of Irish literature and culture and to provide a forum for intellectual and social activities in connection with these interests.

2019-2020 Programme

We are delighted to be back at the Bloomsbury Hotel for our 2019-20 season which includes discussion on the experience of 2nd-generation Irish people in Britain, consideration of the legacy of the Belfast Agreement and the potential consequences of Brexit, a celebration of the great poet Ciaran Carson… We’ll have memoirists, poets, politicians, and events in partnership with literary magazines,  the Seamus Heaney Centre and other cultural friends. We’ll also be making our application to the Charities Commission to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Member events

We engage with cultural and community organisations for special member-only events. These include visits and talks at galleries, archives and other cultural venues. In the 2019-20 season we will be arranging archive visits, theatre trips and much more.

ILS cultural friends

The ILS works with a number of Irish organisations in the UK. We deliver joint lectures every year: the Noel O’Connell lecture with the Irish Texts Society; the Yeats lecture held with the Irish Embassy. This year we have partnered with Ulster University and NUI Galway and will benefit from the generosity of the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith for hosting our events away from the Bloomsbury Hotel.

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ILS Supporters

The ILS gratefully acknowledges its funding from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme and support received from our generous hosts The Bloomsbury Hotel.