Archive 2004



This event was kindly supported by Awards For All.


Writers Cherry Smyth, Danny Morrison and Catherine Byron read from their work and discuss Irish identity and literature.

Tom Inglis, author of Moral Monopoly, Lessons in Irish Sexuality and Truth, Power and Lies, talks about the transformation of Irish society from self-denial to self-indulgence.

Try some self-indulgence for yourself with a free Indian head massage from Marie Jenkinson.

John Gray of Linen Hall Belfast gives an overview of the collection and recent Belfast history.

Belinda Loftus, author of Mirrors: Orange and Green, explores the murals and posters in the North of Ireland.

Gillian McIntosh, author of The Force of Culture: Unionist traditions in 20th-century Ireland, uncovers the history and symbolism of Stormont.

Deirdre O’Byrne leads a workshop on Irish literature, exploring attitudes to immigration, sexuality and identity.

Lance Pettitt, author of Screening Ireland, gives an insight into Irish gangster films.

Instrument maker and musician Brian Howard on the history of the uilleann pipes – come and hear a demonstration.

Christy Evans of Coláiste na nGael runs a workshop on the Irish language.

Triskellion’s Gerry Molumby leads an acting workshop on Irish drama.

Nessan Danaher, who organised Irish Studies events for many years in Leicester, gives an illustrated history of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.


Mike Garry leads a writing workshop.

Malachy Doyle reads from and talks about his books.
Free posters and bookmarks of Malachy’s books.

Puzzles and pictures to colour.
          EVENING CÉILI in West Bridgford

Music by Banna Strand.

This photo by Gerry Molumby appeared in the Irish post feature on Changing Ireland 2.


 Irish Literature Course

 Wednesday 21st April –  2nd June 2004 (seven weeks) 

This course comprises an introduction to modern Irish writing in English. No previous knowledge of Irish literature is needed. The class is led by Dr Deirdre O’Byrne (who organised the recent Changing Ireland events), based on discussing short stories and extracts comparing the work of particular writers. The course includes a trip to the play Bright Colours Only. Classes run from 7.00-9.00pm,  with a short break. All course materials will be given out on the first night or for the week ahead.

Book now:  first come, first served.
Venue: Room 5, International Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham (onsite parking for disabled only)
Week one (21 April): Introduction. The first class will look at concepts of ‘Irishness’ and identity with discussion of extracts of work from various Irish writers, including looking at examples of oral history and writing in dialect, and short poems.
Week two (28 April): Frank O’Connor, ‘My First Protestant’ and William Trevor, ‘The Distant Past’ — short stories on the theme of religion
Week three (5 May): Bright Colours Only: this one woman show by Pauline Goldsmith resurrects the Irish wake tradition in a ‘living room’ at Thoresby Riding Hall. Stories of a Belfast childhood are mixed with tea, sandwiches and a small glass of whiskey as the actor polishes the nameplate on the coffin…. Note: this play takes place at Thoresby near Ollerton.
Week four (12 May): Paul Durcan and Eavan Boland — poems on various themes
Week five (19 May): John McGahern, ‘The Country Funeral’ and Mary Lavin, ‘The Will’ – stories on death, family and conflict over money.
Week six (26 May): Seamus Heaney and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill — poems on various themes
Week seven (2 June): Edna O’Brien, ‘A Scandalous Woman’ and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, ‘Midwife to the Fairies’ – stories on unmarried mothers, sex, secrecy.
Organised by Nottingham Irish Studies Group and Nottinghamshire County Council
Course fees: £24 waged / £15 unwaged (includes materials and ticket for play Bright Colours Only), payable in advance or, subject to availability, on the first night of the course. Cheques payable, please, to Nottinghamshire County Council.  

Note: if you would like to join the Irish literature class at Thoresby for the play only, tickets are available for the reduced rate of £7 through this leaflet only.

 For further information please contact:

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