“Christmas at the Workhouse event” @ Southwell
Spent the weekend of Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd December in character as a vagrant immigrant from Ireland. My character was a storyteller who was forced to leave home because of the famine. I was dressed in ragged clothes and told old Irish legends, interspersed with snippets of factual information, telling people a little about the history of the 1840s and Irish emigration to England. There are lots of parallels with current immigration and refugee stories.
Loogabarooga Festival is an annual celebration of illustrated children’s books. To highlight the many wonderful children’s versions of old Irish tales, Deirdre will be telling old Irish legends in Charnwood Museum,
11am – 12.00, Thurs 19 Oct 2017.
£2. Fun for all the family.
More info, and booking: http://www.goleicestershire.com/Loughborough/thedms.aspx?dms=3&venue=2522751&festival=4332&feature=1052&pvieflag=E
The award-winning Irish author Eimear McBride visited Nottingham on Wed 1st Nov 2017, 7.00-8.30pm, at the newly-refurbished Beeston Library.
Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, won the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, the first Goldsmith’s Prize for experimental fiction, and the Irish Novel of the Year Award. Her new novel, The Lesser Bohemians, is set in 1990s London, and features a naive young Irish student who falls in love with an older actor.
Deirdre O’Byrne of Nottingham Irish Studies Group interviewed the author, who was very articulate and forthcoming on many aspects of her writing career, techniques and style. The room was packed, and the audience showed their appreciation by buying lots of books to be signed.
This event was co-hosted by Five Leaves Bookshop and Nottingham Irish Studies Group.
£5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 0115 837 3097.
We were at Crawley Irish Festival on Sunday 27th August 2017, telling Irish stories. As usual, we had a lovely responsive audience, and even some help with dramatising the stories – thanks, Alicia!
The biggest hit this year was the story of the Giant’s Causeway.
This was a popular session, and got lots of good feedback.
Broadway Cinema Nottingham showed The Journey, a film about Martin McGuinness & Ian Paisley as political colleagues, from 5 – 18 May 2017.
The 1.30pm screening on Thur 18 May was preceded by a brief introduction by Deirdre O’Byrne of Nottingham Irish Studies Group.
Wed 8 March 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Professor Azrini Wahidin, Irish Republican Women
This presentation discussed women’s involvement in the Irish Republican Army, political protest and the prison experience in Northern Ireland. Through the voices of female and male combatants, Wahidin demonstrated that women remained marginal in the examination of imprisonment during the Conflict and in the negotiated peace process. However, as the book shows, women performed a number of roles in war and peace that placed constructions of femininity in dissent.
Azrini Wahidin is the author of Ex-combatants, Gender and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: Women, the Prison Experience and Political Protest. She is now Associate Dean at Teesside University.
An International Women’s Day event.
Wed 15th March 2017 7.00 – 8.30pm
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop
Poetry of the Irish in Britain with Cathy Galvin and Deirdre O’Byrne
Cathy Galvin read her own poetry, primarily from Rough Translation – a collection described by David Constantine as being about “the sea, islands, coastal places, family who lived very differently from how we do now, the loving connection with them”, drawing on Cathy Galvin’s Irish family past.
The ‘support act’ was Deirdre O’Byrne reading a selection of Irish-in-Britain poetry, from such writers as Maura Dooley, Ian Duhig, Eavan Boland, Bernard O’Donoghue and Catherine Byron, with commentary.
£3 on the door. Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
We are honoured to be have taken part in an event at Nottingham Galleries of Justice to celebrate the visit of Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, on Friday 11 November. The Ambassador gave a talk on Roger Casement and 1916.
Nottingham Irish Studies Group’s contribution was a brief talk on the role of Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Foresters, who were sent over to quell the Easter Rising. In these days of political turmoil, it’s good to rethink our shared history, and consider what unites rather than divides us. Let us build bridges, not walls.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine: we live in each other’s shadows, as the old Irish saying goes. Let those shadows be protective ones.
We are delighted to announce the success of our application to Loughborough University’s Inside Out Fund, dedicated to supporting community outreach by staff members: Nottingham Irish Studies Group has been awarded £500 to run a short series of talks by invited speakers. Events will take place within the Charnwood region, as stipulated by the award. Watch this space: details of speakers will be posted in due course. Go raibh míle maith agaibh / many thanks, Loughborough University.
NISG are proud to have received many invitations from groups and organisations to participate in events in both Ireland and Britain over the past few years. As you’ll see if you click on the ‘Diary’ buttons above, we’ve worked in Britain with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Bromley House Library, Crawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), Five Leaves Bookshop, Loughborough University, Mansfield and Dukeries Irish Association, Nottingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade, St Anthony’s School (Solihull) and Stanza Poetry Group.
In Ireland we’ve worked with Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely, Co Wicklow), Tullow & Carlow Libraries, History Festival of Ireland, and The International Pan-Celtic Festival.
If you have ideas/suggestions/requests for events, get in touch via our CONTACT button at the top of the page, or message us on facebook.
Click on the link ‘Irishnottingham‘ to read Patrick Murphy’s article:
‘Irish Settlement in Nottingham in the early Nineteenth Century’
Published in Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, vol xcviii, 1994
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