GLOBAL BOOKS IRELAND 2018

From Oslo to Indiana, Caoimhe Fox checks out the festivals, events and societies celebrating Irish culture around our global community.

Being Irish is quite a trendy label these days. But just how is this, often coveted, tag of Irishness determined? By passport or parentage? Perhaps it’s a state of mind or simply a state of permanent residency? The parameters of its definition are certainly elastic, sometimes stretched to a point of a ‘Plastic Paddy’, but how an Irish person’s cultural authenticity is ascertained is an interesting question, especially when it comes to celebrating and engaging with Irish culture and identity outside of Ireland. Is there a magic formula for calculating just how ‘Irish’ one can be?

GlobalIrish.ie estimates there are one million Irish-born people living abroad today, but that only accounts for those born on hallowed turf. That figure excludes the second, third, even 23rd, generations of Irish diaspora born outside Ireland. They are the Irish families who grew up in artic winters or tropical summers with a St Brigid’s cross above the door and a bellyful of stories about ‘home’. According to Tourism Ireland, visitors from North America were up by 16%, with more than 2.1m arrivals last year, and you might assume that many of them are retracing an ancestral link.

Outlined below are just some of the activities and events occurring in and around the 2018 St Patrick’s Day festival period demonstrating the flavour and appetite for Irish literature and language across the ‘global Irish’ landscape.

 

IRELAND

20 October 2018, County Tyrone
Irish Exile Autumn School, Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
www.qub.ac.uk/cms
The date for this year’s programme has been set for Saturday 20th October 2018, and will explore the theme of ‘Reflecting on the Literature of Four Centenary Years of Irish Emigration, 1618-2018’. More details will be announced in Spring 2018, see website for further details.
The recent eighteenth Irish Exile Autumn School, met on October 21st  2017 and focused on how emigrants from Ireland have given expression in words to feelings of exile with a special look at the theme of migration as reflected in the names of places and families.

DCU Global Class ‘Irish 101’
http://www.dcu.ie/news/news/2018/Jan/DCU-taking-Irish-online.shtml
Dublin City University launched its first free online-only Irish language and culture course. ‘Irish 101’ targets the global diaspora and new immigrants, providing the opportunity to complete a degree in the Irish language and culture online. The initiative is an important step in enhancing the global, online presence of the Irish language and connecting with the Irish diaspora worldwide. The course is delivered in conjunction with the social learning platform, FutureLearn, and forms part of a wider DCU initiative on Irish language and culture called Fáilte ar Líne (Welcome Online).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGLAND

8 March, Norwich
UEA Live: International Women’s Day Event
www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/11300/UEA-Live-International-Women-s-Day-Event
@womensday
UEA Live is a series of live literature events co-hosted by Writers’ Centre Norwich and New Writing. It features UEA associated writers alongside past and present UEA creative writing students. Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. The event will be hosted by three writers; Joanna Walsh, award-winning author, journalist, campaigner and former Writer In Residence 2016/2017 at Maynooth University; Sophie Collins, poet and co-founder of tender, an online quarterly promoting work by female-identified writers and artists (Collins is currently working towards a PhD in Poetry and Translation at Queen’s University, Belfast); and Naomi Wood, Lecturer in Creative Writing and Co-convenor of the Prose MA at UEA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 March, Essex
Essex Book Festival
www.essexbookfestival.org.uk
‪@EssexBookFest
Panel discussion: Celebrating the life and work of Edmund Crispin–master of “splendidly complicated crime”, composer of music for Carry On films, and creator of the charming detective Gervase Fen.
Journalist, broadcaster and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards will speak on the panel for this event. Edwards’ twelve crime novels satirise institutions and—above all—political correctness.  Targets include the civil service, academia, gentlemen’s clubs, the House of Lords, the Anglo-Irish peace process, the Church of England and literary prizes. Chaired by Camilla Shestopal, Ruth Dudley Edwards will be joined on the panel by Martin Edwards and David Whittle.

The London Irish Centre, Camden
www.londonirishcentre.org/
@LDNIrishCentre
London Irish Centre, Camden, now houses the London Irish Library, a new community resource that opened in 2016 and boasts a unique collection of over 7,000 titles. The library is open to the public: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am–4pm or request a visit outside these times by emailing library@londonirishcentre.org. The centre hosts the London Irish Book Club once a month, and Irish author events in spring 2018 included Catherine Ryan Howard in conversation with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin as part of the Irish Ink series (8 Feb.).

The London Irish Playgroup, Grúpa Spraoi Londain, offers a space for Irish parents living in London to share with their children the songs, rhymes and stories of their childhood.
Forthcoming dates include 17 March 2018; join the Facebook group for more details: www.facebook.com/groups/212389842548140/

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Malcolm McNally The Irish Post

 

10–12 April, Olympia, London
London Book Fair
www.londonbookfair.co.uk/
@LondonBookFair  
‘A Global Event in the Creative Capital of the World.’
Literature Ireland, in association with Publishing Ireland, will once again be at the Ireland stand at the 2018 London International Book Fair at the Olympia, with many Irish publishers showcasing the wide range of Irish-published books in both English and Irish. IRELAND at LONDON is an initiative of Literature Ireland in partnership with Culture Ireland. See website or contact Literature Ireland for more details on the IRELAND at LONDON stand. www.literatureireland.com

Come and say hello at the Ireland stand: 2A71

 

The Irish Literary Society, London
www.irishlitsoc.org/
@irishlitsoc
The ILS celebrates the rich literary heritage that Irish writing brings to the global stage. The ILS works with a range of Irish organisations in the UK and delivers a number of joint lectures every year, including the Annual Yeats Lecture, hosted in the Irish Embassy, and the Noel O’Connell Lecture in collaboration with the Irish Texts Society.

26 March, Dervla Murphy
Few have ever explored the world on two wheels as has Dervla, Ireland’s most prolific travel writer and adventurer. In this special event to reflect on her literary work and the journeys she has undertaken, Murphy will join Dorothy Allen in conversation.

30 April, ILS / ITS Noel O’Connell Annual Memorial Lecture
The ILS is delighted to announce that the ILS / ITS Noel O’Connell Annual Memorial Lecture will be given by Micheál Ó Conghaile on his Irish language translations of the London-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and the Irish language literary scene today. Ag aistriú Martin Mc Donagh ansin dfheadainn labhairt faoi scribhneoireacht agus foilsitheoireacht na Gaeilge inniu agus ceisteanna a fhreagairt. Ó Conghaile’s translations of McDonagh’s work – The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Banríon Álainn an Líonáin), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Cripil Inis Meáin), and The Lonesome West (Ualach an Uaignis) – have received acclaimed productions by the Galway International Arts Festival.
Ó Conghaile was born and is based in Connemara, Galway, he is a member of Aosdána and established the publishing house, Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 1985. This event is organised in conjunction with the Irish Texts Society. You can read his short story The Colours of a Man here. The talk will be delivered in English with readings in Irish and English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 May, Border Walk: Garrett Carr and Iain Sinclair in conversation
With Brexit casting shadows over the Irish border, Carr and Sinclair will look at the topography of this line on the map and consider the human geography of borderlands.

ILS Irish author events in spring 2018 included Roddy Doyle (January 29), and a discussion on ‘Jews in Irish Literature’ with Ruth Gilligan, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh and Simon Lewis (February 19).

 

The Irish Texts Society, London
www.irishtextssociety.org/
@IrishTextsSoc
The Irish Texts Society/Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge was established in London in 1898 to advance public education by promoting the study of Irish literature. The focus of the society is on the publication of texts in the Irish language, accompanied by introductions, English translations, glossaries and notes. The society also hosts regular events and lectures for members and the general public, including the Noel O’Connell Lecture in association with the Irish Literary Society every spring.

21 March, Dublin
The 2018 Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Bernadette Cunningham (Library, Royal Irish Academy) in the National  Library of Ireland on 21 March at 6.30 pm. The title of the lecture will be: ‘Pilgrims and poets in fifteenth-century Gaelic Ireland’. This event is open to all.

 

2–18 March, Manchester
Manchester Irish Festival 2018
www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk/.
@mancirishfest
The annual Manchester Irish Festival is the one of the largest celebrations of Irish culture in the UK. 2018 will mark 23 years of the festival and 28 years of the Manchester St Patrick’s Parade. The 2018 Festival runs 2–18 March with a programme of traditional cultural activities covering Irish music, dance and Irish language. The parade takes place on Sunday 11 March.

Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester
www.iwhc.com
@IWHCmanchester
The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester aims to advance the education of the wider community on all aspects of Irish culture and heritage. The promotion of Irish arts, history and cultural heritage is a collaborative initiative in partnership with the local community and other Irish organisations to host book launches, exhibitions, music, theatre, storytelling and other cultural events throughout the year. Irish literary events in spring 2018 include the launch of Flesh & Blood: a history of my family in seven maladies by Stephen McGann (29 January), and a one-day conference celebrating the life and work of poet Patrick Kavanagh, with speakers Dr Una Agnew, Dr Brendan Mitchell and James Gallacher (10 February).

10 March, National Irish Studies Conference Presented by the Manchester Irish Education Group (MIEG), for more details, contact: ManIrishEdGroup@gmail.com

Keynote speakers: Peter Shirlow: Northern Ireland – Truth Friction in Northern Ireland (Twenty Years of the Good Friday Agreement) and Linda Ervine: ‘The Miracle that is Turas’ (Irish Language in East Belfast)

Workshops: Michael Sheehan: The Red & The Green. (MUFC & their Irish links), Fergus O’Connor: Valentia Island in the 19th Century and Catherine Feeney: Women of Ireland.

To conclude a combined reading of Kate Bevan/Michael Sheehan ‘The Great Hunger’

There will be an IRISH BOOK STALL – look out for complimentary copies of Books Ireland!

 

18–28 October, Liverpool
Liverpool Irish Festival
www.liverpoolirishfestival.com
@LivIrishFest
Liverpool boasts a thriving Irish community and the appreciation and celebration of the unique links between Liverpool and Ireland were primary motives for the creation of the Liverpool Irish Festival in 2003.The festival’s goal is to create a permanent annual event celebrating the Irish contribution to Liverpool. The festival delivers more than 50 events each year in a programme of performance, participation, entertainment and education in Irish traditions, music, literature, theatre and art. As a charity, the festival focuses on making the events accessible and affordable to all, and has reached an audience of 20,000 in recent years.

‘Read Books From Ireland’ is an initiative led by Books Ireland magazine in partnership with Publishing Ireland to showcase and promote Irish-published books and authors abroad. After programming an Irish literary day in London last summer, ‘Read Books from Ireland’ is excited to be working with the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Irish Centre (formerly St Michaels) on plans for a series of talks and workshops with Irish authors as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival programme in October 2018. Further details to be announced in Summer 2018.
www.booksirelandmagazine.com/readirish/
#ReadIrish @ReadIrish @booksirelandmag @PublishingIrl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool Irish Centre, Liverpool
www.liverpoolirishcentre.org
@LiverpoolIC
The Liverpool Irish Centre (formerly St Michael’s Irish Centre) is a resource for the Irish community in Merseyside, running activities—including tea dances and community gardens—that help to reduce isolation and provide a sense of belonging. Their mission is to promote Irish heritage and culture, provide a space for this to happen and support members of the Irish community in doing so. The Centre promotes culture, heritage and creativity through plays, pantomimes, reading groups and partnerships with local writers and writing groups.

SCOTLAND

Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book festival
www.ayewrite.com
‪@AyeWrite

17 March, Louise O’Neill: Aye Con
Louise O’Neill, a feminist advocate for a generation, brings her hotly anticipated new novel, Almost Love, to this year’s festival. Almost Love asks important questions about infatuation, obsession and sacrifice, and whether love is really all you need.

18 March, Denise Mina introduces … Danny Denton and Mick Kitson
Denise Mina will introduce Irish author Danny Denton alongside Mick Kitson. Denton’s book The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow is the story of the myth of the Earlie King, as recorded by O’Casey the reporter as he sifts through testimonies and a cache of physical documents in an Ireland that is flooded, derelict and where it never stops raining.

25 March, ‘We Will Rise Again: Ireland, Scotland and the Easter Rising’
We Will Rise Again is the first detailed account of the Glasgow-based Irish Volunteers, who went to Ireland to take part in the Easter Rising. Comprising contributions from a group of experts, veterans and relatives of those involved, it is a unique document that sheds much light on a neglected aspect of Scottish and Irish history. With Eddi Reader, Seán Bell, Máirtín Ó Catháin, Maggie Chetty, Stephen Coyle and Feargal Dalton.

 

7–11 March, St Andrews
StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival
www.stanzapoetry.org
@StAnzaPoetry
Irish poets are storming the stage at this year’s StAnza poetry festival, with readings from Rita Ann Higgins, Magi Gibson, Iggy McGovern, Miriam Gamble, Sinéad Morrissey and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. Sinéad Morrissey, the 2017 Forward Prize-winning poet and Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2013–14) will also deliver the StAnza 2018 Lecture (8 March): ‘Put off that mask: persona, trauma and authenticity in contemporary poetry’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8–14 April, Merchant City, Glasgow
CROSSWAYS—TRASNÚ—COMAR
The Irish Scottish Cultural & Literary Festival
www.irishpages.org
@irishpages

The Emigrant Support Fund, of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, has awarded a large grant to organize an annual “Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival” in the Merchant City area of Glasgow.  The sponsor and organizer of the Festival is Irish Pages, and other major funding has been provided by Foras na Gaeilge and The University of Strathclyde, as well as Irish Pages itself.

The particular aim of Crossways is to foster and expand the rather weak literary links between Ireland and Scotland across the North Channel. It will bring together notable Irish writers, musicians, filmmakers and cultural figures – from both North and South – together with their Scottish peers, in a well-planned and well-balanced Festival focussing on the longstanding contribution of Irish people, history, language, culture and writing to both Glasgow and the Scottish nation. The overall balance will be about one-third Irish, one-third Diaspora Irish-Scottish, and one-third Scottish.

In the view of Irish Pages, such a forum for Irish, Irish-Scottish and Scottish cultural and literary interaction, dialogue and debate of real distinction and diversity is long overdue. To a considerable extent, the North of Ireland (especially) and Scotland are highly separated and self-contained on many levels, but especially in cultural and literary terms – divided, ironically, by the United Kingdom itself and a consequent devolved focus on London, instead of a more natural interchange across the narrow North Channel. The two cultures and literatures, as it were, have their backs to each other to a surprising degree. Thus, the Festival will aim at lessening this contemporarycultural distance, and at a new historical moment – where relations between the two islands, no less than between the several parts of the United Kingdom, may change dramatically with Brexit.

This year, the second night of Crossways (Tuesday, 10 April) is the twentieth anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, and several major Festival events that day will reflect this Irish milestone. Full details of the Crossways programme can be found from mid-March at www.irishpages.org.

NORWAY

 
3 March, Oslo
Irrgrønn: a Day of Ideas from Ireland
http://litteraturhuset.no/en/arrangement/irrgronn-2/
‪@irrgrnnfestival ‪‏
Irrgrønn festival takes place 3 March at Litteraturhuset, Oslo. The day-long festival welcomes a number of Irish authors to the stage for readings, public interviews, children’s events, classes and film screenings. Novelists, non-fiction writers and filmmakers will explore ideas from literature, technology and politics. The day will touch on the future of politics in the shadow of the online rise of the alt right, questions of technologically enabled immortality and the future of the novel. His Excellency Karl Gardner, Irish Ambassador to Norway, will deliver an opening address with the announcement of the Irrgrønn Flash Fiction Award winner.

Speakers include novelist and Goldsmith Award winner Mike McCormack in conversation with film-maker and journalist Sinead O’Shea, and an interview with Mark O’Connell and Angela Nagle discussing ‘The Alt Right, Transhumanism and a Future Altered by Technology’.

Look out for complimentary copies of Books Ireland!

17-18 March, Litteraturhuset (Bergen)
http://aurorawritersretreats.com/
Pure Fiction: The Art of Creative Writing. Irish novelist Noëlle Harrison will be in Bergen giving a full two day workshop on creative writing.  Unblock your creativity, and learn how to craft fiction that engages your reader as Irish author Noelle Harrison guides you through an immersive St. Patrick’s Day weekend of creative writing.
 

 

 

 

 

3–4 May, Kristiansand
Nordic Irish Studies Network
http://nisnetwork.org/conferences
@Nordic_Irish
Irreconcilable Differences? Peace and Conflict in Irish Literature, Culture and Politics.
The tenth biennial conference of the Nordic Irish Studies Network will look to address notions of peace and conflict in a constructive manner, in a way that crosses the disciplines of Irish Studies, often a contested field with many differences of opinion or approach. NISN is a non-political and non-sectarian academic association seeking to promote and encourage the study and teaching relating to society, culture and literature of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Irish diaspora and enhance the interest in Irish studies within the Nordic countries.

 

16 June, Oslo
Oslo Bloomsday celebrations, Henrik Ibsen Museum
www.facebook.com/bloomsdayoslo/
The Oslo Bloomsday Celebrations are held at the Henrik Ibsen Museum—Ibsen’s last home, from where that the ageing writer corresponded with a very young James Joyce. Contributors over the years have included Professor Emeritus Bjørn Tysdal, artist Eamonn O’Doherty and Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies at UCD.

‘One of our main objectives is to demystify the works of Joyce and to make them accessible to one and all. Over the years we have found our format works quite well, considering that we have a very mixed audience with everything from Joycean scholars to people who have yet to read Joyce,’ says John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Oslo Bloomsday Society. This event has become a popular fixture on the cultural calendar for the relatively small Irish community in Oslo and for many Norwegian Joyce fans. The programme for 2018 will be announced in May. CLICK HERE to read more about Bloomsday in Oslo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
www.centreculturelirlandais.com
@cc_irlandais
1 January–13 May, Songs of Peace: Francis Ledwidge Exhibition
Curator Sabina MacMahon has selected work by seven visual artists in response to the life and work of Ireland’s soldier poet.

1 March, Poetry ‘Where Angels Listen’
Celebration of Francis Ledwidge’s life and poetry with original music, readings and performances from Deirdre Kinahan, Steve Wickham, Sinéad Gleeson, Saramai & Cormac O’Keefe and Lewis Kenny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10–18 March, St Patrick’s Festival
Week-long celebration of Irish culture including a workshop to create 50 papier mâché dogs for the parade.

15 March and 5 April, Library tour
The Old Library is one of the last of its kind—a small collegiate library, of which there were many in the area before the Revolution. Bookshelves laden with 8,000 volumes, half of which date from before 1812, but the real treasures are its three illuminated manuscripts.

9 April, Book launch and talk on Ghost-haunted Land
‘Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland’ by art critic and lecturer Declan Long. Presentation of the publication will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

 

SERBIA

15-19 March, Belgrade Irish Festival
www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/int-event/the_belgrade_irish_festival

15 March, National Library of Serbia: Balkan Essays/Balkanski eseji at the Belgrade Irish Festival with Chris Agee of The Irish Pages.
For the formal Serbian launch of Balkan Essays/Balkanski eseji by Hubert Butler (The Irish Pages Press, 2016, with Croatian edition, Fraktura, 2016), the scholar Milan Ristović, the journalist Milos Vasić, the novelist and critic Teofil Pančić, and the poet and editor Chris Agee, will discuss the translated Croatian edition of this masterpiece of 39 essays, written between 1937 and 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MONACO

 
Princess Grace Irish Library and Cultural Centre
www.pgil.mc
The Princess Grace Irish Library regularly hosts lectures and events, and guest speakers over the years include authors Sebastian Barry, Liz Nugent, Edna O’Brien, Colm Tóibín, Jennifer Johnston, and our very own Books Ireland writers Fred Johnston and Patricia O’Reilly.

19 March, Princess Grace Irish Library (under the aegis of Fondation Princesse Grace)

Call it a hunch…ʺ – An Evening of Poetry and Prose with Caoilinn Hughes, Ireland Fund Monaco Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library. Caoilinn Hughes will read from her forthcoming novel, Orchid & the Wasp, followed by a short poetry reading. She will speak briefly about the early stage of the creative process: how a writer intuits if a notion or story or character is worth pursuing, and how the writer knows what genre or form that exploration might take.

Caoilinn Hughes’ debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, will be published in summer 2018 by Oneworld (United Kingdom), Hogarth (USA), Les Éditions Bourgois (France) and Steidl (Germany). Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville describes it as ‘an ambitious, richly inventive and highly entertaining account of the way we live now’ and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, says: ‘Orchid & the Wasp is a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity [… that] will rattle your most basic assumptions about money, ambition, and the nature of love. Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.’ Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award, the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and was a finalist for the Seamus Heaney Prize and the Pigott Poetry Prize 2015 in association with Listowel Writers’ Week.

She is a fellow of the James Merrill Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Arts Omi, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and has received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.Her work has appeared in Tin House, POETRY, Granta, Best British Poetry, Best NZ Poems, Poetry Ireland, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. Caoilinn has BA and MA degrees from the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. During 2014-2017, she was Visiting Writer at Maastricht University, and she divides her time between Ireland and the Netherlands. Reservations are necessary due to the limited number of seats. pglib@monaco.mc /+377 93 50 12 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Danijel Mihajlović

 

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Monaco
www.pgil.mc/saint-patricks-day 2018 programme to be announced.
Since 1999, special Saint Patrick’s Day events have taken place in venues across the Principality.

 HONG KONG

Month of March, Hong Kong and Macau Irish Festival
http://www.irishfestival.asia/
‪@IrishFestAsia @IrelandinHK #irishfestivalasia
Founded in 2016, the Hong Kong and Macau Irish Festival is a celebration of Ireland and Irish culture taking place throughout the month of March. The Festival is a collaborative effort led by the Consulate General of Ireland and the Emerald Fund with the support of the Irish groups in Hong Kong and Macau. The festival team works with local and international schools and creative groups through a series of workshops and competitions, which are exhibited at various events throughout the festival month.

 

 

 

St Patrick’s Society, Hong Kong
http://www.stpatrickshk.com
‪@StPatricks_HK
Founded in 1931, the remit of the St Patrick’s Society is to provide an environment where Irish people and anyone with an interest in Ireland can meet, socialise and celebrate Ireland’s culture and heritage through social gatherings and events.

 

USA

‘Judging Shaw’ USA 2018 tour      
@RIAdawson #JudgingShaw

‘Judging Shaw’ is touring the US throughout 2018. An exhibition created by the Royal Irish Academy and NUI, Galway, of Fintan O’Toole’s Judging Shaw will move from the Irish Consulate in New York to Princeton in March with a lecture on the 7th [CLICK HERE for more details], to Columbia in April with a symposium on the 16th and to San Francisco in October. New dates are being added all the time, including Washington DC and the Shaw Festival in Canada; keep an eye on www.judgingshaw.ie for full details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 February, Maryland
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s (HoCoPoLitSo) 40th Annual Irish Evening
www.hocopolitso.org/irish-evening/
‪@HoCoPoLitSo
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s (HoCoPoLitSo) Annual Irish Evening of Irish Music and Poetry is held every February and features Irish writers and poets, music and step-dancing. Award-winning novelist and short story writer Mike McCormack was special guest for the 40th Annual Irish Evening on 9 February 2018.

Distinguished guests over the years include: Frank McCourt, Seamus Heaney, Emma Donoghue, Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan, Colm Tóibín, Column McCann, Claire Keegan and Anne Enright. In conjunction with the Annual Irish Evening, HoCoPoLitSo produce a 30-minute writer-to-writer television show called The Writing Life, with most of the interviews available for viewing online.
 

 

 

 

New York Irish Arts Center
www.irishartscenter.org
‪@IrishArtsCenter
Established in 1972, the New York Irish Arts Center presents Irish arts and events year-round, with a particularly robust literary arts programme.

17 March, 8th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day
#IACBookDay
Since 2011, Irish Arts Center staff and volunteers have distributed tens of thousands of free books to New Yorkers across all five boroughs every St Patrick’s Day. On 17 March 2018, they once again take to the streets, armed with literature by Irish and Irish-American writers, and authors from the Caribbean islands, to share one of the great legacies that bridge these diverse cultures—their stories. Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with the New York City Council, New York State Assembly and Literature Ireland.

#GetLit campaign
#GetLit crowdfunding campaign is part of the 7th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day. The campaign raised more than $10,000 to deliver thousands of free books to New Yorkers across the five boroughs. Watch the #GetLit trailer with Liam Neeson: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ue8O_Fmeg

8 April, Féile na Gaeilge/Irish Language Day: ‘Poetry and Song’
Enjoy a full day of activities for Irish-language enthusiasts of all levels, with writing, drama and storytelling. This year’s theme: ‘Poetry and Song’ featuring bilingual performances, sean-nós songs and a screening of the film Song of Granite.

11 April, Greg Delanty in conversation with Colum McCann
The celebrated poet joins Colum McCann for an intimate reading and discussion

12 March and 11 April, Muldoon’s Picnic.
Curated and hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon alongside house band Rogue Oliphant, this lively monthly event, a self-proclaimed jamboree of music and literature, is now in its eighth season. 2018 Irish literary guests include Fintan O’Toole and Lucy McDiarmid.

20 May, Between the Lines: meet Dublin’s Tramp Press and reading by author Mike McCormack
Dublin-based, independent publishers Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen of Tramp Press discuss their writers, from the new voices of Sara Baume and Mike McCormack to the reintroduction of marginalised authors like Maeve Kelly and Dorothy Macardle in their Recovered Voices series. A reading from Mike McCormack will precede this event.

12 June, IAC Book Club
The IAC Book Club will discuss Maeve Kelly’s short story collection, Orange Horses, part of Tramp Press’s Recovered Voices series.

16 June, Bloomsday on Broadway XXXVII
From the stately plump entrance of Buck Mulligan to the “yes I said yes I will Yes” of Molly Bloom, this year’s Bloomsday celebration with Symphony Space presents a whirlwind tour of Ulysses through the first 17 episodes, and wraps up with a chorus of Mollys led by Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds). The evening includes music inspired by one of the most important works of modernist history and an after-party in Bar O’Thalia!

 

Notre Dame University, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Indiana
www.irishstudies.nd.edu
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is a teaching and research institute within Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Since its inception in the 1993–4 academic year with the Donald and Marilyn Keough Program in Irish Studies, the Institute has assembled superior faculty and library collections.

6 April, Lecture by Prof. Mary Mullen:
‘Maria Edgeworth, realism, and the institution of the nineteenth-century novel”

Irish literary events in spring 2018 included a reading with Kevin Barry and author Cormac O’Malley on his father, Ernie O’Malley (1897–1957).

 

Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix, Arizona
www.azirish.org/
@azirishcenter

Family Story Hour
The first Saturday of the month (September–May) is Family Story Hour at the Irish Cultural Center and is filled with stories, discussions and crafts. The programme introduces parents and children to Irish authors, stories and traditions in a fun and interactive fashion.

Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group at the McClelland Library engages with the tradition and excellence of all forms of Irish literature.

Join the discussion online: www.facebook.com/groups/274348339386967/

CANADA 

2–3 March, Concordia University, Montréal, Quebec
www.concordia.ca/artsci/irish-studies/programs.html
The second Annual North American Graduate Conference in Irish Studies will explore the paradigm of ‘Irish Spaces’ in terms of cultural landscapes, both real and imagined, with keynote speaker Dr Adam Hanna, lecturer in Irish literature, University College Cork.

12–17 April
Ottawa, Ontario
www.writersfestival.org
@Writersfest
The first Ottawa International Writers Festival launched in 1997 and featured sixteen writers from Ireland (the largest contingent ever to read beyond the Emerald Isle), sharing the stage with 35 Canadian writers from across the country. Irish writer festival appearances over the years have included Emma Donohue (2014, 2016), Gavin Corbett (2015), Anne Enright (2011). Watch the website for 2018 programme details coming soon.

4 May, Toronto, Ontario
www.creativenonfictioncollective.ca
CNFC’s 2018 Conference at the University of Toronto. 2 pm on Friday, May 4, with a publishing panel and culminate in the annual AGM and a literary Jane’s Walk through the Annex on Sunday, May 6. Features Toronto professionals and opportunities for volunteer members to hear how the pros respond to their work.

AUSTRALIA

 
Tinteán online
www.tintean.org.au
Tinteán online magazine is an initiative of the Australian Irish Heritage Network aiming to build and nurture the Australian-Irish identity and explore social, cultural, political and religious issues of interest to the Australian-Irish subculture, as well as Australia’s Irish diaspora.

5–14 January, Freemantle, Western Australia
Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival
www.feniansfestival.com.au
The Hougoumont, Australia’s last convict ship, arrived into Fremantle 150 years ago with 62 Irish Fenians on-board …
Australia’s first ten-day Irish festival, the programme included a historic commemoration, ‘Remembering the Hougoumont’, and celebrated the influence of Irish culture in Australia with art, historic exhibitions, walking tours, poetry and literature and family-friendly activities. The Irish literature day, ‘Writings of the Fenians’, included workshops with poet Tony Curtis, a children’s writing class with Mike Lefroy and a writers’ workshop with Dr Angeline O’Neill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
10–11 November, Sydney Irish Festival
www.sydneyirishfestival.com
Fun is an Irish invention’
This two-day Irish extravaganza will play host to games of hurling, musical acts and an array of bars, food outlets, stalls and amusement rides, along with traditional Irish dance performances, hurling clinics and kids’ activities.

27–30 November, the University of Sydney
The Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
23rd Australasian Irish Studies conference
www.isaanz.org
The ISAANZ promotes seminar series and other events throughout Australia and New Zealand. The annual Australasian Irish Studies Conference takes place in November with the theme ‘memory and myth’. The ISAANZ also produces the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal published annually, carrying articles on Irish and Irish diaspora topics in history, literature, language, politics, film, theatre and religion.

 


Compiled by Caoimhe Fox – Books Ireland magazine, March/April 2018


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