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Forthcoming Events and News

June 14th: To mark the publication of his memoir A Shared Home Place, Books Upstairs in D’Olier Street will be hosting Seamus Mallon in conversation with Andy Pollak on June 27th at 6.30pm. Mallon's memoir is a primary source for the social and political history of Northern Ireland. The event is free but booking is essential. Email [email protected] with your name.
The Royal Irish Academy is holding a one-day conference on Wednesday, June 19th on ‘Eighteenth-century Manuscript Culture in the Wider Gaelic World: The Manuscripts of Rev James McLagan (1728-1805)’. The event explores issues of eighteenth-century Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic manuscript and literary culture, with a particular focus on fiannaigheacht lays and ‘Ossian’, scholarly networks, oral tradition, historical and political contexts for manuscript creation and collection. Details from ria.ie

June 11th: Monica O’Connor, author of The Sex Economy, will discuss the question of whether the sale of women’s bodies can ever be acceptable in a conversation with Ivana Bacik at the Books Upstairs cafe in D’Olier Street in Dublin on Thursday, June 13th at 6.30 pm. The event is free but you must reserve a place, which you can do simply by emailing your name to [email protected]

May 24th: As the Dublin International Literature Festival draw to an end, Naomi Wolf speaks at Liberty Hall tonight (May 24th) at 6 pm. Tomorrow (May 25th), at the same venue and time, Fintan O’Toole is joined by Catriona Crowe and Neal Ascherson to discuss nationalism and identity.

May 17th: The posthumous publication of Angela Doyle’s ‘Under the Clock’ marks the end of a long journey. Colette Byrne will be bringing the novel she worked with such tenacity to publish ‑ a story of a lesbian couple living in conservative 90s Ireland ‑ to Books Upstairs on Sunday, May 19th at 3 pm, where it will be officially launched by Brendan Courtney and Ann Marie Keenan will read extracts.

May 10th:
The Lifeboat Poets, Suzannah Dickey, Joe Lines and Anna Loughran, read at Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin at 3 pm on Sunday, May 12th. The Lifeboat is a poetry reading series and small press based in Belfast, run by Stephen Connolly and Manuela Moser. Last year it published the three pamphlets Chords of Inquiry by Loughran, Plot by Lines and Genuine Human Values by Dickey.
The RTÉ Contempo Quartet and soprano Deirdre Moynihan will give a lunchtime concert at the Goethe-Institut Irland in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Saturday, May 18th at midday. The concerts will feature music by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann, the two-hundredth anniversary of whose birth occurs this year. Admission is free but booking is essential through https://www.goethe.de/ins/ie/en/ver.cfm

May 2nd
: International Literature Festival Dublin 2019 is offering a 25 per cent reduction on selected poetry events in the festival for International Poetry Day. The offer is valid until midnight tomorrow (May 3rd). Among the highlights are Sylva Fischerová and Michael O’Loughlin on The Power of Poetry at Poetry Ireland on Sunday, May 19th at 6 pm; Talking Translation, with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Peter Sirr at the Trinity Long Room Hub on Thursday, May 24th at 4 pm ; an Evening with Paul Muldoon on Sunday, May 26th at 8 pm at the Smock Alley Theatre. Details on the ILF site: ilfdublin.com

April 16th: Nicole Flattery, Wendy Erskine and Eoghan Smith will take part in a reading at Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 on Sunday, April 28th at 3pm. Nicole Flattery’s stories have appeared in The Irish Times, the Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly and other journals. Her debut collection, Show Them a Good Time, has just been published by The Stinging Fly Press in Ireland and Bloomsbury in the UK. Wendy Erskine’s debut short story collection, Sweet Home, was published by The Stinging Fly Press last September and will be published by Picador in the UK in June. Eoghan Smith’s first novel is The Failing Heart (Dedalus Original Fiction). He has published criticism in a wide number of literary publications, including the Dublin Review of Books. He is the author of John Banville: Art and Authenticity.

April 14th: A debate on the legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien will take place between Niall Meehan and Frank Callinan SC at Howth Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth on Tuesday, April 23rd at 8 pm. The event is organised by the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society. Those wishing to attend are reminded that the event will start at eight o'clock sharp, so it would be best to aim to be there by 7.30 pm.

April 12th:  Tom Wall, author of Dachau to the Dolomites: The Untold Story of the Irishmen, Himmler’s Special Prisoners and the End of World War II, will be in conversation with David Blake Knox at Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin on Thursday, April 18th at 6.30 pm. The event is free but space is limited, so please book a seat at [email protected]. Nicole Flattery, Wendy Erskine and Eoghan Smith will be reading at Books Upstairs on Sunday, April 28th at 3pm. Nicole Flattery’s debut collection, Show Them A Good Time, has just been published by The Stinging Fly Press and Bloomsbury.

April 11th: Where townscapes meet seascapes, ports are a significant feature of our nineteenth century urban inheritance. The topographical, environmental and cartographical impact of the port is well represented in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series, as exemplified by the IHTA published fascicles for Dublin, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Drogheda, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Youghal; Cork, Dungarvan and New Ross are forthcoming. The 2019 annual seminar of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas will explore the evolution of port topography on the island of Ireland, as well as its associations with broader nineteenth century urban experience in Britain and Europe. “Seascapes and Townscapes – Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City” is an all-day seminar under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy and Dublin Port Company and will take place on May 17th. Attendance is free but booking is essential (go to www.ria.ie). On the previous day, May 16th, at 6pm, Professor Colm Lennon will give a lecture at Dublin Port HQ on “The Shaping of Dublin Port. Again attendance is free but booking essential.