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January 2017

Sebastian Barry – 30 Jan

30th January 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£5

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 the most compelling, bravura and heart-wrenching fictional projects of recent memory.'A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after…

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April 2017

Carlo Gébler – 24 April

24th April 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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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 short story collection, The Wing Orderly’s Tales, and Confessions of a Catastrophist (2015). For almost 25 years, Gebler worked as…

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May 2017

Donal Ryan – 22 May

22nd May 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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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 collection A Slanting of the Sun followed soon after. All We Shall Know is a tragic and vivid tale which…

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October 2017

Writing Gay Irish Lives – 30 Oct

30th October 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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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 and narratives into the wider culture. Here in London the 50-year anniversary since it stopped being illegal for two men…

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February 2018

Jews in Irish Literature – 19 Feb

19th February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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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 earliest times to the present. The project is investigating references to Jews in Irish literature, whether in Irish or English,…

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October 2018

Troubling the Classics – 29 Oct

29th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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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 the teaching of classical languages in Irish schools over the last 50 years. Yet the myths and stories of the…

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