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May 2018

Border Walk: Garrett Carr and Iain Sinclair – 21 May

21st May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith W6 9DT United Kingdom + Google Map
£8

First this three-hundred-mile line demarcated counties, then countries and will next be the frontier of the European Union. As the uncertain agreements and 'statements of intent' are confirmed and disavowed by the UK and EU representatives over the Irish border we look at the topography of this line on the map and consider the human geography of borderlands. Cartographer, artist and writer Garrett Carr has in his book The Rule of the Land told the story of Ireland’s border and…

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June 2018

AGM – 11 June

11th June 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith W6 9DT United Kingdom + Google Map

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 11 June 2018, 7.30pm Location: Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith All current members of the Society are invited to attend and participate at the ILS AGM. The meeting is an opportunity for the Committee to report and be questioned on the performance of the Society, its plans and its financial situation. It is also an opportunity for members to offer their thoughts on the state of the Society, to seek election and to vote on resolutions. We hope to…

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September 2018

The Irish Way of Death – 24 Sept

24th September 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£8

The Irish Literary Society opens its 2018-19 season with a meditation on death, dying and our attitudes to mortality. In his book, The Way We Die Now, Dr. O’Mahony gives us a rare glimpse into the world of death and dying from the vantage point of a medical doctor. In My Father’s Wake Toolis writes of his coming-to-terms with the death of his father and brother and reflects on the denial of space for grief in the modern world. Of Toolis'…

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October 2018

Archive of the Irish in Britain visit – 16 Oct

16th October 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Archive of the Irish in Britain, 16 Goulston Street
London, E1 7TP United Kingdom
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We are delighted to announce a special members-only visit to the Archive of the Irish in Britain. The Archive consists of collections of documents, audio and video recordings, books, photographs and ephemera cataloguing the history of the Irish in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  Dr Tony Murray, the curator of the archive, will give an introductory talk and lead two groups through unique materials in the archive before leading a question and answer session.  There…

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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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£8

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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November 2018

On the Pavement Grey: WB Yeats in Utopian Bedford Park – 19 Nov

19th November 2018 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London
London, SW1X 7HR
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Lecture by Cahal Dallat with guests Ciarán Hinds and Anne-Marie Fyfe & launch of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project   Nobel-prizewinning poet, WB Yeats, though much inspired by Irish legend, landscape and longing, spent two-thirds of his youth in London, the majority of that time in Chiswick's Bedford Park, the Utopian/aesthetic garden-suburb/artists'-colony whose diverse inhabitants fostered his literary talent and endeavours. Irish poet and literary critic, Cahal Dallat, has lived within a few blocks of the Yeats family's two Bedford Park homes for all of his adult life and, fascinated…

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Astral Weeks at 50, a Van Morrison celebration – 26 Nov

26th November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom
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£10

  "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 great album turns 50 this November: to celebrate the Irish Literary Society is bringing together three writers (Lucy Caldwell, Gerald…

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January 2019

28 Jan – AI, Sci-Fi and the future of humanity

January 28 @ 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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£8

The second half of our season kicks off with a timely look at how the rapid advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is shaping our conceptions of the future of humanity. Three sparkling thinkers - Professor Rachel Armstrong, Julian Gough, and Mark O'Connell - join us to reflect on the mutual influence of science fiction and scientific development. At a moment when light is being shined on a formerly hidden tradition of Irish Sci-Fi (see Jack Fennell's anthology of Irish Sc-Fi, A…

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February 2019

25 Feb – The North, Irish poetry special

February 25 @ 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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£8

The ILS is working with The North poetry journal for this event to launch their special Irish issue. Editors and poets Jane Clarke and Nessa O'Mahony lead a rich evening of readings and discussion of contemporary Irish poetry. From an issue bursting with ideas and innovation (120 poems by 107 poets) we are gathering some fascinating poets to illustrate the variety and quality of contemporary Irish writing: Siobhán Campbell, Derek Coyle, Nora Hughes, Judy O'Kane (fresh from winning the Charles…

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March 2019

25 March – Working Class Irish Literature

March 25 @ 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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£8

In the recent years of political and social turbulence in the UK, state of the nation debates have become commonplace and discussion on the representation of working class lives in literature has become a hot topic. A clearer recognition is emerging that publishers must overcome barriers of class and social mobility with the same level of commitment that has developed to respond to inequities in relation to race, disability and gender. A false notion persisted beyond the early years of…

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