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Capturing the Contemporary

3 December , 8:00 pm 9:00 pm GMT


A Colloquy of Writers and Scholars on Recent Irish Writing

With Anne Enright, Margaret Kelleher, Leontia Flynn, Eric Falci, Rosaleen McDonagh, Michael Pierse, Christian O’Reilly, Emilie Pine

In Conversation with Paige Reynolds

In partnership with Museum of Literature Ireland and Cambridge University Press

To celebrate the launch of The New Irish Studies (Cambridge University Press), join writers and literary critics as they discuss recent trends in contemporary Irish writing. Hear Anne Enright (Actress; Vintage) and Margaret Kelleher (The Maamtrasna Murders; University College Dublin Press) consider how creative writers remake the past, Christian O’Reilly (The Good Father; Dramatist’s Play Service) and Emilie Pine (Notes to Self; Tramp Press) examine pregnancy on the Irish stage, Rosaleen McDonagh (play Rings) and Michael Pierse (Writing Ireland’s Working Class; Palgrave Macmillan) review the challenges of equitable representation, and Leontia Flynn (The Radio; Jonathan Cape) and Eric Falci (The Value of Poetry; Cambridge University Press) explore the legacy of Seamus Heaney in contemporary poetry. The editor of the collection, Paige Reynolds, will lead the discussion. Scholars and the writers whom they studied will, together in conversation, tackle the question: How do we capture and communicate, in the moment, the particular energy and diversity of twenty-first-century Irish and Northern Irish writing?

Anne Enright

Anne Enright, one of our leading writers, is Professor of Creative Writing at UCD. Her most recent books are No Authority, writings from the Laureate for Irish Fiction (UCD Press) and Actress (Jonathan Cape).

Margaret Kelleher

Margaret Kelleher is Professor and Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin.  She is Chair of the Irish Film Institute and was UCD academic lead for the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), a collaboration between UCD and the National Library of Ireland, situated at Newman House, St Stephen’s Green.

Leontia Flynn

Leontia Flynn has published four collections of poetry with Jonathan Cape.  She has won the Forward prize for best First Collection, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy award for Irish poetry, and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund literary award.  Her most recent poetry collection, The Radio (2017), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and won the Irish Times Poetry Prize.  She lives in Belfast and is Reader at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University. 

Eric Falci

Eric Falci is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of Continuity and Change in Irish Poetry, 1966-2010 (2012), the Cambridge Introduction to British Poetry, 1945-2010 (2015), and The Value of Poetry (2020), as well as a number of essays on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish and British poetry.

Rosaleen McDonagh

Rosaleen McDonagh is a Traveller woman with a disability. Originally from Sligo, she is the fourth eldest in a family of twenty children.  She worked in Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre for ten years, managing the Violence Against Women programme, and remains a board member.  She is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and has written ostensibly within the framework of a Traveller feminist perspective. McDonagh’s work includes Mainstream, The Baby Doll Project, Stuck, She’s Not Mine, and Rings.

Michael Pierse

Michael Pierse is Senior Lecturer in Irish Literature at Queen’s University Belfast. His research mainly explores the writing and cultural production of Irish working-class life. Over recent years, this work has expanded into new multi-disciplinary themes and international contexts, including the study of festivals and theatre-as-research practices. He is author of Writing Ireland’s Working-Class: Dublin After O’Casey (2011) and editor of A Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing (2017) and Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After The Gathering (2018; co-edited with Johanne Devlin Trew).

Christian O’Reilly

Christian O’Reilly is a playwright and screenwriter based in Galway, Ireland. His plays have been produced in Ireland and internationally by companies such as Druid, Northlight, and Rough Magic. He was a recipient of the Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary for his debut play The Good Father

Emilie Pine

Emilie Pine is Professor of Modern Drama in the School of English, Drama and Film in University College Dublin and Editor of the Irish University Review. She has published widely as an academic and critic, and is the author of the multi-award-winning Notes to Self, which has been translated into fifteen languages.

Paige Reynolds

Paige Reynolds, Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, is the editor of The New Irish Studies (Cambridge UP 2020).  She is author of Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle (2007), editor of Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture (2016), and co-editor with Eric Falci of Irish Literature in Transition, 1980-2020 (2020).

This is a pre-recorded online event

The Dublin Book Festival is brightening up the cool autumn evenings with weekly events from Thursday 24th September until the beginning of the festival. With podcasts, poetry readings and crime-writing classes, you won’t want to miss this jam-packed series of events!

Join us as we take a seat with guests such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, Graham Norton, Dr Marie Cassidy, and Marita Conlon-McKenna and many more to discuss their riveting new books as well as a wide variety of topics, such as the career of a state pathologist, writing historical Irish fiction and how to write a best-selling crime fiction novel.

Click here to view the full programme of events for our Autumn Series.