The Belfast Agreement and Brexit – 28 Oct

Gavin Clarke

As we approach yet another Brexit deadline (31 October) the Society has banded-together with the Irish Pages journal to reflect on the Belfast Agreement of 1998 and to consider possible futures for the union, Anglo-Irish relations, power sharing and the border. The current special issue of Irish Pages is given over to reflections on the agreement. The essays and poetry …

I Wouldn’t Start from Here – 30 Sept

Gavin Clarke

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? The event also launches …

AGM – 12 June 2019

Gavin Clarke

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 12 June 2019, 7.00pm 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 to be questioned on the performance of the Society, its plans and its financial situation. It is also an opportunity for …

Essaying the Body: Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine – 5 June

Gavin Clarke

Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine join the ILS to discuss their recent books of essays. Pine’s winning last year’s An Post Irish Book of the Year seemed to mark a reemergence of the essay form in Irish literature. Perhaps the flourishing of literary journals in Ireland has encouraged this, perhaps the renewed appreciation of Hubert Butler’s work has been an …

6 May – Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century Dublin and London

Gavin Clarke

Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century Dublin and London: Charles Henry Wilson and Irish Literature The scholar Dr Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh visits the Society to deliver our joint annual Noel O’Connell memorial talk with the Irish Texts Society. O Muircheartaigh will speak on the work of Charles Henry Wilson, an eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish Protestant with an interest in Irish-language literature, who studied …

29 April – Ciaran Carson

Gavin Clarke

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED. NOTICE OF A REPLACEMENT EVENT WILL BE SENT OUT TO SUBSCRIBERS ASAP. TICKET REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. The poet Ciaran Carson visits the Society to deliver our joint annual Noel O’Connell memorial talk with the Irish Texts Society. Carson’s title for this talk ‘From There to Here: Some Reflections on Translation’ references his retrospective …

The Country Girls, a celebration – 18 April

Gavin Clarke

So begins Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls. With the support of the Dublin: One City, One Book festival we are bringing together a fascinating panel to discuss The Country Girls trilogy as it is being celebrated in Dublin as the chosen festival book. Quite clearly we are not in Dublin but we’re delighted to extend the consideration of O’Brien’s work to …

25 March – Working Class Irish Literature

Gavin Clarke

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 …

25 Feb – The North, Irish poetry special

Gavin Clarke

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 …

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

Gavin Clarke

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 …