Writing Gay Irish Lives – 30 Oct

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

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 ...

Tara Bergin – 14 Nov

The Embassy of Ireland 17 Grosvenor Pl, London , London

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 ...

Roddy Doyle – 29 Jan

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

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 ...

Jews in Irish Literature – 19 Feb

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

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 ...

Dervla Murphy – 26 March

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

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 ...

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Border Walk: Garrett Carr and Iain Sinclair – 21 May

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith

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 ...

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Essaying the Body: Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine – 5 June

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine join the ILS to discuss their recent books of essays. Pine's winning last year's An Post Irish Book of the Year seemed to mark a reemergence of the essay form in Irish literature. Perhaps the flourishing of literary journals in Ireland has encouraged this, perhaps the renewed appreciation of Hubert Butler's work has been an ...

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I Wouldn’t Start from Here – 30 Sept

The Bloomsbury Hotel 16-22 Great Russell St, London

The ILS is delighted to start its 2019-20 season with a showcase of second-generation Irish writers in Britain. Not quite British, not quite Irish, through their essays, fiction and poetry about music, family, and history these distinguished writers explore questions of identity and belonging and ask the perennial question: where is home – here or Ireland? When questions of authenticity ...

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The Belfast Agreement and Brexit – 28 Oct

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

As we approach yet another Brexit deadline (31 October) the Society has banded-together with the Irish Pages journal to reflect on the Belfast Agreement of 1998 and to consider possible futures for the union, Anglo-Irish relations, power sharing and the border. The current special issue of Irish Pages is given over to reflections on the agreement. The essays and poetry ...

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Polly Devlin, Writing Home – 25 Nov

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

Polly Devlin joins Joan Bakewell to discuss the latest collection of her work, Writing Home, and to reflect on a rich career as a writer, her working as features editor of Vogue in London in the Swinging Sixties, to encounters with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Barbara Streisand, John Lennon...In the pieces brought together in Writing Home, Polly Devlin OBE, covers ...

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