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.

2020-2021 Programme

The pandemic has now sustained for months and will be with us for months yet so we are concentrating on delivering online events and films. Check out the events section for details on upcoming events, see the blog section for new poetry and prose. We have waived subscriptions for the coming year. 

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. 

  • Irish Texts Society
  • Example
  • Irish Cultural Centre
  • Irish in Britain

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.