Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, presents a Digital Literary Festival

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Digital Literary Festival – a celebration of contemporary Irish writing.  The festival will showcase some of the stalwarts of Irish literature alongside recent bestselling authors and is a highlight of our autumn cultural programme. The ICC Digital Literary Festival will begin on Sunday  15th November and will run for five weeks. Festival transmission

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Pat Burke R.I.P.

Pat Burke R.I.P. It is with great sadness that we share the news that Pat Burke, cherished long-standing IASIL member died on 11 November after a heroically-borne advanced Parkinson’s disease. Pat’s passionate love for drama and theatre, his bright essays on Brian Friel and other playwrights, his tireless work as adjudicator of amateur performances all over Ireland, his success as

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New Special Issue of Journal Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica. Free full download available

This is a special issue of the journal Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, based at the Hungarian University of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The theme of this special issue that I have guest edited is Irish Writing and Central/Eastern Europe. All of the 7 articles plus the introduction are free to download in PDF format from the following web-site page of

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New Book: Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry by Daniela Theinová. Palgrave Macmillan

New Book: Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry by Daniela Theinová Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry examines the transactions between the two main languages of Irish literature, English and Irish, and their formative role in contemporary poetry by Irish women. Daniela Theinová explores the works of well-known poets such as Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní

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New Collection: Cultural Convergence: The Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1960 Eds: Ondřej Pilný, Ruud van den Beuken and Ian R. Walsh Palgrave Macmillan

Cultural Convergence: The Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1960 Edited by Ondřej Pilný, Ruud van den Beuken and Ian R. Walsh Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 Based on extensive archival research, this open access book examines the poetics and politics of the Dublin Gate Theatre (est. 1928) over the first three decades of its existence, discussing some of its remarkable productions in the comparative contexts of avant-garde theatre,

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Online Webinar – Shaw Talk: G.B. Shaw and Legacy. ‘Shaw Day’, Monday, November 2, 2020, 16:00 – 17:00 IST/BST or 11 a.m. EST

Online Webinar – Shaw Talk: G.B. Shaw and Legacy Celebrating the launch of a special issue to mark 40 years of SHAW, the Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies and the upcoming publication of the SHAW 40.2 special issue on ‘Shaw and Legacy’ guest co-edited by Ruth Hegarty (RIA) and Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway) WHEN ‘Shaw Day’, Monday, November 2, 2020,

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Online Talk: “𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗹𝗲𝘀: 𝗜𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗥𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝟭𝟵𝟲𝟬𝘀-𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟬𝘀” 𝗯𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗻. Hosted by CUNY.

“𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗹𝗲𝘀: 𝗜𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗥𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝟭𝟵𝟲𝟬𝘀-𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟬𝘀” 𝗯𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗻 In this talk, 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗻 explores women’s contributions to the anti-colonial civil rights movements during the Troubles in the Six Counties of Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. They connect the work of Irish women leaders and writers by examining their

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New Book: Flann O’Brien: Gallows Humour by Ruben Borg and Paul Fagan. Cork University Press.

The essays collected in this volume draw unprecedented critical attention to the centrality of politics in Flann O’Brien’s art. The organising theme of Gallows humour focuses these inquiries onto key encounters between the body and the law, between death and the comic spirit in the author’s canon. These innovative analyses explore the place of biopolitics in O’Brien’s modernist experimentation and

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New Book: Politics, Culture, and the Irish American Press 1784–1963. Edited by Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Mark O’Brien, Marcel Broersma. Syracuse University Press

From the Revolutionary War forward, Irish immigrants have contributed significantly to the construction of the American Republic. Scholars have documented their experiences and explored their social, political, and cultural lives in countless books. Offering a fresh perspective, this volume traces the rich history of the Irish American diaspora press, uncovering the ways in which a lively print culture forged significant

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CfP: 4th AFIS conference “New Beginnings from a Franco-Irish Perspective” Technological University Dublin (20-21 May, 2021)

The 14th AFIS conference invites papers from academics and early career researchers on the theme of ‘new beginnings’ from a French, Irish or Franco-Irish perspective. Issues that might be explored include a look back at France’s slow emergence from the horrific losses inflicted on its population during the Great War and its desire for a more stable and peaceful relationship

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