Speaker: Garry Hynes
Garry Hynes co-founded Druid in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991 and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Garry has also worked with the Gate Theatre (Ireland); the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (UK), Center Theatre Group, Second Stage, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, the Kennedy Center, the Mark Taper Forum and the Spoleto Festival (USA). Follow Garry on twitter: @DruidTheatre
Speaker: Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín’s novels include ‘Brooklyn’ (2009) and ‘Nora Webster’ (2015) and two collections of stories. He has been three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize for ‘The Blackwater Lightship’ (1999), ‘The Master’ (2005). His play ‘The Testament of Mary’ (2012), was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. His ninth novel ‘House of Names’ appeared in 2017. His other work includes collections of short stories, poetry, many works of non-fiction and editorial works. His writing has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is a member of the board of Druid.
Speaker: Bernard O’Donoghue
Bernard O’Donoghue is a Professor and Emeritus Fellow in English at Wadham College, Oxford. He is a poet and literary critic, and author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1995) – he succeeded Heaney as President of the ILS. His most recent poetry collection is The Seasons of Cullen Church (2016). Previous volumes include Farmer’s Cross (2011), Gunpowder (1995), Here Nor There (1999); Outliving (2003); his Selected Poems came out in 2008. O’Donoghue was winner of the 1995 Whitbread Poetry Award and Cholmondeley Award in 2009.