Archive 2015

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

We are delighted to be based in the newly-dubbed Nottingham City of Literature – recognised as such by UNESCO (joining such literary hotspots as Dublin). We contributed a guest blog (27 Nov 2014) and you can read it here. NISG run regular events on literature, including poetry, prose, drama and storytelling, working with partners such as Nottingham Patrick’s Day Festival and Five Leaves Bookshop, and we look forward to more collaborations in the future.

What NISG did in 2015 …

Brooklyn, the film of Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel, returned to  Broadway Media Centre Nottingham 27 – 31 Dec. It stars Saoirse Ronan. 
Deirdre O’Byrne provided a 5-minute intro to the screenings on Thurs 12 Nov 2015.
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Gifted storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy made a very welcome return visit to Nottingham, hosted by Beeston Tales, on Wed 9 December. Several NISG members attended. Clare told the story of Inisfáil – the Isle of Destiny, and held us spellbound. 
White Lion pub, Middle St, Beeston NG9 1FX / 07719092513.

We’re here all year….

Irish culture is not just for St Patrick’s Day.
We are here all year round.
Join us on our facebook page, and on our forum, where we connect with other Irish groups in the East Midlands region.
We are busy planning events to commemorate the anniversary of the 1916 Rising. It’s been an exciting century. Come and help us remember the part our country and culture played in it.

Spring 2015


As part of St Patrick’s Day festival, we told traditional Irish stories in schools: St Mary’s (Hyson Green), Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Bulwell), and St Philip Neri (Mansfield).
The theme story this year was Caoilte and the animals and birds. Artist Julie Turner worked with children in three Nottingham schools, making costumes and props to use in the parade on 17th March. The festival was a great success. See the photos on facebook.

We were delighted to pay two visits in February and March to do storytelling for the children of St Anthony’s (Solihull).

Following the success of the BOB ROBINSON EXHIBITION at the Surface Gallery Moss Book Publications produced BOB ROBINSON PAINTINGS, a twenty-seven page booklet with 14 colour reproductions, introductory and critical notes, and a full list of works included in the recent BOB ROBINSON EXHIBITION. The launch took place in the Cafe Bar of Nottingham Contemporary at 6pm on Tuesday 10th March.

The booklet costs £5 from is higly recommended by us.  Bob is originally from Co Tyrone, and now lives in Nottingham. Nottingham Irish Studies Group provided some financial support for the publication of this book, and for Bob Robinson’s recent two-part exhibition of paintings and sculpture.


 On Wed 18th March, Graham Caveney gave a really interesting talk on Shane McGowan at Five Leaves Bookshop. Graham drew on his own expertise as a biographer and music journalist, and his Irish-in-Britain heritage, to discuss McGowan’s public image and the important, but mostly unacknowledged, contribution made by second-generation-Irish musicians to so-called Brit Pop, citing Oasis, The Smiths and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, as well as The Pogues.
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