Christmas by Candlelight

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

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 ...


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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