The Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, in association with the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool present - The Irish Language: A Day of Literature, Film and Song
We are delighted to invite you to a special event at University of Liverpool’s London Campus, entitled The Irish Language: A Day of Literature, Film and Song, supported by An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta / Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. ICC/IIS gratefully acknowledge the advice and support of Soracha Pelan Treasaigh at IFI, International, Dublin for sourcing films for the programme including: Bungalow Bliss, Backwards Boy and Rubai.
Date: Saturday 21 January 2017
A day immersed in Irish Culture including language, lecture, literature, discussion, film screenings and Irish song/music. The lecture and talks will be in Irish/English and the film screenings will carry English language subtitles.
Schedule of Events:
11.00am: Lecture by Professor Alan Titley on ‘Pádraic Ó Conaire’s Deoraíocht and Irish London’, introduced by HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Britain.
1.30pm: Short Film Screenings: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/RTÉ/TG4. Introduced by Prof. Lance Pettitt (Birkbeck), and poet Seán Hutton followed by discussion.
3.30pm – 5.00pm: Drinks Reception and Musical Performance by singer Marianne McAleer
Welcome: HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Britain. Keynote speaker Professor Alan Titley, Emeritus, UCC and translator of Cré na Cille, talking on ‘Pádraic Ó Conaire’s Deoraíocht and Irish London’; screenings of short films introduced by Professor Lance Pettitt (Birkbeck) and poet Seán Hutton, and performance by singer Marianne McAleer .
Professor Alan Titley is Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish at UCC. He is a novelist, scholar, short story writer and columnist for The Irish Times. He is the author, editor and translator of many books, most notably and recently The Dirty Dust/Cré na Cille by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. (2015). Selected titles from his other works include: An Bhean Feasa. (2014); Rabhadh Dánta. (2013); The History of the Irish Book, vol. II. Titley, Alan; Sewell, Frank; Ó Ciardha, Eamonn (eds) (2013); Smuf. (2012); Nailing Theses: Selected Essays. (2011).
Background on author of Deoraíocht - Pádraic Ó Conaire (1882-1928) was a troubled individual with an unsettled life and this is reflected in his short stories and novels. He is best known for his collections Nóra Mharcus Bhig agus Sgéalta Eile (1909) and An Chéad Chloch (1914) but he also produced the darkly bizarre novel set in London, Deoraíocht (1910), which in part justifies Robert Welch’s view that he ‘was amongst the first modernist writers of fiction in Irish’. Ó Conaire was born in Galway and orphaned in 1893. Raised by his uncle in Ros Muc, he later went to Blackrock College in Dublin. He moved to London in 1899 to work, got married in 1903 and was active in the burgeoning Gaelic League of the time. He took to writing stories, several of which won Oireachtas prizes, but got into trouble with drink and returned to Ireland in 1914 and led an itinerant life, writing little of substance, until he passed away in hospital in 1928.
Professor Lance Pettitt is Associate Tutor at Birkbeck, University of London, and a specialist in Irish cinema and cultural history. He is the author of Screening Ireland (2000), December Bride (2001), essays in ISR (2011) and Eire-Ireland (2015), is a series co-editor of ‘Ireland on Film’ (2011- ) and co-curated the ‘Centenary of Cinema’ strand in the 2016 Irish Film Festival, London. www.lancepettitt.com
Seán Hutton was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to England in the mid-sixties. He has lectured in Irish Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and St Mary’s University. His poetry collections include Go Cathair Na Traoi (1980); Gáirdín Mo Sheanuncail (1983), Seachrán Ruairí, (1986) and Na Grasa (1993). As a critic and essayist he has contributed to Ireland's Histories (1991), Oxford Companion to Irish Literature (1996) and the Poolbeg Book of Irish Poetry for Children (1997).
Marianne McAleer was born into the vibrant London-Irish community of Kilburn, where she learned her earliest songs from her Cavan father, Jim McPhillips. Although Marianne sings in a number of styles, she is best known for traditional Irish songs. She is a multi-award winner at both the All Britain and All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. Marianne is the current champion on this side of the water, in both Lilting and Singing in Irish.
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