Museum of Childhood Ireland Seminar: Writing Irish Institutions: Jacinta Daly, Melatu Uche Okorie, and Emilie Pine – Thursday, 09 September 2021, 6pm Irish Standard Time

This seminar explores how life in Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools, and Direct Provision has been documented by artists and by the State

The panellists willadopt a wide-angle approach to non-criminal institutional incarceration in modern and contemporary Ireland. Focusing on Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools, and Direct Provision Centres, the event will consider topics such as: How do we as a society remember and acknowledge abuses past and present? How is non-criminal institutional incarceration in contemporary Ireland similar and/or different to what has gone before? How might the lessons of the twentieth century be applied to twenty-first century Ireland?

The panellists are:

Jacinta Daly, author of Girls Like You: The Long Road Back from Bessborough (Orpen Press, 2021).

Melatu Uche Okorie, author of This Hostel Life (Skein Press, 2018) – Shortlisted for the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award 2018.

Emilie Pine, Primary Investigator on the IRC-funded Industrial Memories project at University College Dublin and author of Notes to Self: Essays (Tramp Press, 2018) – An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018.

This event is free of charge – please register here to attend:

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