Órfhlaith Foyle – 28 Sept

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

The 2015-16 season of ILS events kicks-off with the wonderful Órfhlaith Foyle reading from her short story collection Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin, her poetry and her new novel. Órfhlaith Foyle’s strange stories of violence and yearning beguile the reader even as they disconcert. She is a true original, a writer of great gifts, and I find her work immensely ...

Raymond Queneau and Dublin 1916 – October 2015

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

A late addition to the programme to replace the cancelled John Banville appearance we welcome Dr Dennis Duncan to the Society to discuss Raymond Queneau's 1947 short novel On est toujours trop bon avec les femmes (We Always Treat Women Too Well ) set during the Easter Rising in 1916. The novel was first published as a purported work of ...

Kevin Barry – 30 November

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

Barry’s second novel is set in 1978 and imagines John Lennon on the west coast of Ireland, his plan is to go to the island he owns, Dorinish— which Lennon really did buy, in 1967 — and to spend days of cathartic solitude there, to confront the trauma of “love, blood, fate, death, sex, the void” and scream until he ...

The Long Gaze Back – 29 February

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

Sinéad Gleeson and Lucy Caldwell discuss the new anthology of Irish women's short stories, The Long Gaze Back. The title comes from a line in The Visitor by Maeve Brennan, whose story The Eldest Child in included in the collection. 'Gleeson directs her gaze back like a literary archaeologist who has excavated the archives and unearthed treasures for the short ...

The Stinging Fly – 21 March

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

The ILS comes together with The Stinging Fly literary magazine to reflect on the literary legacy of 1916. The bumper anniversary edition, subtitled ‘In the Wake of the Rising’, brings together 43 writers to respond to the literature and events of the 1916 Rising. Readings by contributors: Martina Evans, Aisling Fahy, Grahame Williams, and Joan Win Brennan will accompany a ...

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Bernard MacLaverty – 25 April

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

The annual ILS / St Mary's University, Centre for Irish Studies lecture will this year feature the great Irish writer Bernard MacLaverty in conversation with Dr Richard Mills. MacLaverty is the author of the novels Lamb (1980); Cal (1983); Grace Notes (1997); and The Anatomy School (2001), set in Belfast in the late 1960s. Both Lamb and Cal have been ...

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William Trevor – 21 Sept

The Embassy of Ireland 17 Grosvenor Pl, London , London

EMBASSY OF IRELAND event - The Embassy of Ireland has kindly reserved a number of tickets for Irish Literary Society members for its celebration of the life and work of William Trevor. Please contact the Hon. Secretary for further details. The Ambassador of Ireland Mr. Adrian O’Neill, the Trevor family and Viking Books host an evening to celebrate the life ...

Caldwell and Hayden – 25 Sept

Dr Williams's Library 14 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London

June Caldwell and David Hayden visit the ILS to discuss their latest volumes of short stories and the short story form. From one of Ireland’s most grindingly authentic and radically original talents, Caldwell's Room Little Darker explores the clandestine aspects of modern life through jagged, visceral tales of wanton sex, broken relationships, homelessness and futuristic nightmares. Caldwell’s modernist style and ...

The Moth, 10th Anniversary – POSTPONED

The Bloomsbury Hotel 16-22 Great Russell St, London

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS. THE EVENT WILL RUN IN OUR 2020-21 SEASON. Join the Society to celebrate the 10th birthday of The Moth, one of Ireland’s foremost art and literature magazines. Founded in 2010 by Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, The Moth features poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers ...

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