Sebastian Barry – 30 Jan

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

The great Irish writer Sebastian Barry visits the ILS on 30 January to join in conversation with Prof Roy Foster about his new novel Days Without End. The novel continues Barry's saga of two Irish families, the Dunnes and the McNultys, which has spanned several novels and multiple time frames and locations. The Guardian has called the sequence 'one of ...

£5.00

Carlo Gébler – 24 April

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

Author, playwright, teacher and filmmaker Dr. Carlo Gébler visits the ILS to read from his work and reflect on his career, changes in attitudes to literature in his lifetime and his recent short story collection and memoirs. His most recent publications are The Projectionist, the story of Ernest Gébler, a life of his father that mixes memoir and biography, the ...

Donal Ryan – 22 May

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

The novelist Donal Ryan joins Dorothy Allen to discuss his latest novel, All We Shall Know. Ryan's award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, was published to great acclaim in 2012: it won the Guardian First Book Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. The Thing About December and his short story ...

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 ...

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 ...

Troubling the Classics – 29 Oct

The Bloomsbury Hotel 16-22 Great Russell St, London

For our October event we're bringing together a poet, a novelist and a dramatist to reflect on their work and its place in a rich seam of Irish literature inspired by the Greeks. The continuing interest of Irish writers in Greek and Latin classical literature as a model and source for inspiration is somewhat surprising given the almost complete disappearance of ...

£8.00

The Female Detective – 27 Jan

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

As we approach St Brigid's Day we are delighted to welcome an all-female panel to an event considering the continuing popularity of Irish crime writing, so-called "Emerald Noir". Our guests will read from their work, reflect on their portrayal of female detectives and as all three are UK-based we'll consider their London and Dublin settings. In Maeve Kerrigan (Casey), Bridie ...

£8.00

Christine Dwyer Hickey – POSTPONED

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS. WE WILL LOOK TO RESCHEDULE IN THE COMING MONTHS The Society is delighted to partner with the Dublin City Council for a second year to deliver an event on the Dublin One City One Book choice. This year's choice is Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey. Dublin One City One ...

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