Christmas by Candlelight

St George Hanover Square The Vestry, 2A Mill Street, London, UK

Join our friends Irish Heritage for a seasonal selection of music and popular Christmas Carols together with readings from the ILS President Bernard O'Donoghue, ILS Vice President Roy Foster, Joe Lynam (BBC Business Correspondent) and BBC3 radio presenter Petroc Trelawny. Sinead O'Kelly, soprano from the London Oratory School Choir, joins with the organist Jonathan Beatty to provide the music. Presented ...

Astral Weeks at 50, a Van Morrison celebration – 26 Nov

The Bloomsbury Hotel 16-22 Great Russell St, London

  "Had Astral Weeks, Ryan H. Walsh’s book on the creation of Van Morrison’s beloved album, focused on that process alone, it would have been compelling enough in and of itself. But instead, Walsh uses the fact that Morrison was living near Boston in 1968 to turn his book into a sprawling account of the city’s interconnected countercultural sects." Van Morrison’s ...

£10

Ciaran Carson celebration – 24 Feb

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

Irish was his cradle language, and his writing in English always had the verve and zest of a learned language. This was particularly true of his translations – of Merriman’s Cúirt an Mheán Oíche and the Táin, or Dante’s Inferno. As well as from Irish and Italian, he translated short poems from French and Spanish with great style and lucidity. ...

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Kinsella, a celebration – 28 Feb

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

2021 saw the passing of the brothers Thomas (1928-2021) and John Kinsella (1932-2021). Our event will look back over their careers as poet and composer and include music and readings. Thomas is credited with bringing the techniques of international modernism to Irish verse. He published his first collection, The Starlight Eye (1952), with Dolmen Press, helping to set the type ...

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Multiple Joyce – 27 June 2022

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

In this centenary year of the publication of Ulysses we are delighted to welcome David Collard back to the Society with his new book, Multiple Joyce: One Hundred Short Essays About James Joyce's Cultural Legacy (Sagging Meniscus Press, June 2022). Springing from the essays we'll have discussion, song, readings and music to mark the UK launch of the book and ...

£10.00