Conference 2015

IASIL 2015


University of York, 20-24 July 2015

Plenary Speakers: James Chandler, Hugh Haughton, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Eve Patten

Conference organizers: Matthew Campbell (poetry, history); Emilie Morin (theatre, film, theory); Ríona Nic Congáil (Irish language, biography, children’s literature); Bryan Radley (fiction, cultural studies).




Some may have blamed you that you took away

The verses that could move them on the day

When, the ears being deafened, the sight of the eyes blind

With lightning, you went from me, and I could find

Nothing to make a song about but kings,

Helmets, and swords, and half-forgotten things

That were like memories of you–but now

We’ll out, for the world lives as long ago;

And while we’re in our laughing, weeping fit,

Hurl helmets, crowns, and swords into the pit.

But, dear, cling close to me; since you were gone,

My barren thoughts have chilled me to the bone.

(Yeats, 1910)


(The conference image is from the St William Window, York Minster, c 1414)