Anna Burns won the 2018 Man Booker Prize with Milkman, a groundbreaking novel set in 1970s Belfast. Burns uses humour and a distinctive narrative voice to tell a story of the Troubles.
Join us at Five Leaves Bookshop (who also won an award in 2018 – for Independent Bookshop of the Year!) to discuss Milkman.
Monday 25 February 2019, 7pm – 8.30pm.
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row (near Primark, next to The Works, opposite the Tourist Information Centre) NG1 2DH.
The bookshop is down a little alleyway… watch out for the sign.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming, as this session may be busy.
You do not need to join the book group, or Nottingham Irish Studies Group, or come to any other events – though you may, of course, if you wish. It’s fine to just join us for this discussion.
Free. All welcome. Refreshments provided.
All we ask for this book group discussion is that you read the book beforehand. If you want to buy it at Five Leaves Bookshop, tell them you’re coming along to the discussion and you will get 15% discount off the price of the book (and you can book your place in person while you are there).
Irish Cursing: A Magical History, with Thomas Waters
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH
Wednesday 13 March 7pm – 8.30pm
£3 inc refreshments.
Email bookshop to book a place: email@example.com
Historian Thomas Waters explores the weird world of Irish maledictions and curses. He shows that Irish folklore went well beyond fairies, banshees, apparitions and holy wells.
Cursing was a righteous supernatural attack, which used clever wordplay and special rituals to smite evildoers. With roots in ancient times, this type of cursing remained extremely widespread during the modern era, as Ireland’s people fought over food, land, religion and politics. Although it’s declined recently, even today some people still throw angry maledictions.
In this talk, Dr. Waters introduces the history and principles of cursing, and explains why the Irish were so good at it. If you think ordinary swearing is handy for letting off steam, you’ve seen nothing yet.
‘May you wither up by the fire of hell soon and sudden, may the flesh rot off your bones and fall away putrid before your eyes, and may the consolation of eternal flames come to be your consolation in your last illness, and the hearthstone of hell be your pillow for ever.’ – from a letter sent to a Limerick landlord, in 1886.
Thomas Waters lives locally, in Beeston. He’s a lecturer in history at Imperial College London and author of Cursed Britain: A History of Evil Magic in Modern Times, due to be published in August by Yale University Press.
This event is part of Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Festival 2019. More info here .
We will also be working with local schoolchildren in preparation for St Patrick’s Day Parade. We provide a storyteller and artist to help the children make props for the parade. This year’s theme story is the tale of Patrick himself – how he was captured by Niall of the Nine Hostages and his pirates, brought to Ireland and sold as a slave. More about Patrick’s story here.