Archive 2017

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. 
Azrini Wahidin is the author of Ex-combatants, Gender and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: Women, the Prison Experience and Political Protest.
An International Women’s Day event.

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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.
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
 

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.

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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.
 

 

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On Tues 12 Sept, Deirdre told Irish legends featuring wondrously wise and witty women, at Nottingham Women’s Centre Open Day.
This was a popular session, and got lots of good feedback.

 

Loogabarooga Festival is a celebration of illustrated children’s books. To highlight the many wonderful children’s versions of old Irish tales, Deirdre told old Irish legends in Charnwood Museum,
11am – 12.00, Thurs 19 Oct 2017.

 

_An Evening with Eimear McBride

The award-winning Irish author Eimear McBride visited Nottingham on Wed 1st Nov 2017, 7.00-8.30pm, at the newly-refurbished Beeston Library.

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.

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Vagrant Irish Storytelling

“Christmas at the Workhouse event” @ Southwell Workhouse, a National Trust Museum:
Storytelling in character as a vagrant immigrant from Ireland.