I Wouldn’t Start from Here – 30 Sept

The Bloomsbury Hotel 16-22 Great Russell St, London

The ILS is delighted to start its 2019-20 season with a showcase of second-generation Irish writers in Britain. Not quite British, not quite Irish, through their essays, fiction and poetry about music, family, and history these distinguished writers explore questions of identity and belonging and ask the perennial question: where is home – here or Ireland? When questions of authenticity ...

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Polly Devlin, Writing Home – 25 Nov

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

Polly Devlin joins Joan Bakewell to discuss the latest collection of her work, Writing Home, and to reflect on a rich career as a writer, her working as features editor of Vogue in London in the Swinging Sixties, to encounters with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Barbara Streisand, John Lennon...In the pieces brought together in Writing Home, Polly Devlin OBE, covers ...

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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

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 ...

Free

7th Annual Yeats Lecture – 8 December 2020

Virtual Event Virtual Event

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0VLevnk4ck&w=560&h=315] The Irish Literary Society is delighted to announce that the speaker for this year’s Annual Yeats Lecture will be Garry Hynes, Director of Druid. Following an introduction by the President of the Irish Literary Society, Bernard O'Donoghue, Hynes will give a short presentation and then join in conversation on the recent DruidGregory season with the novelist and Druid ...

Days of Clear Light – 1 Feb 2021

Virtual Event Virtual Event

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEowcgJSpVg&w=560&h=315] We are delighted to join with our friends to mark the occasion of 40 years of Salmon Poetry and to celebrate the work of Jessie Lendennie. To mark that achievement 100 writers have come together in contributing to a special Festschrift presented as a complete surprise to Jessie at Christmas 2020. Editor Nessa O'Mahony interviews Jessie for the ...

A History of Irish Women’s Poetry – 24 June

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new collection of essays reflecting on the history of Irish women's poetry with the editors Ailbhe Darcy and David Wheatley. The new Cambridge University Press volume offers a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of Irish women's poetry from earliest times to the present day. Joining the editors will be the poet Eiléan Ní ...

The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne – 7 Dec

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith

The Brian Moore at 100 Project and the Irish Literary Society present a free screening of The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, an adaptation of Moore's anti-church novel that features an astonishing Maggie Smith in a role regarded as one of her finest. Judith Hearne (Smith) is a middle-aged spinster who’s dedicated her life to the church and caring for ...

Free

Brian Moore at 100 – 8 Dec

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith

To mark the centenary of the birth of Belfast-born writer Brian Moore (1921-1999) Brian Moore at 100 and the Irish Literary Society have partnered to screen The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (7 December) and deliver tonight's talk with Dr Sinéad Moynihan and Lucy Caldwell. Designed to coincide with the centenary of his birth, the Exeter University project has sought ...

‘Nora’ with Nuala O’Connor – 28 March

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 Nuala O'Connor to the Society to discuss her novel Nora. When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn’s Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. ...

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