Archive 2019

We ran storytelling and craft sessions for 2 schools, as part of Nottingham St. Patrick’s Day Festival: children at St Patrick’s school made costumes, while Holy Cross children made banners, based on the story of Patrick himself. The children walked in the parade on 17th March with their costumes, props and banners. —

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. 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.     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 (Yale University Press. 2019) https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/t.watersThis event is part of Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Festival 2019. More info here .

On Saturday 29th June 2019, as part of Lowdham Book Festival, a talk by Deirdre O’Byrne on ‘Troubles’ fiction. 

2nd-Generation Irish in Britain – book launch

I Wouldn’t Start from Here: the Second Generation Irish in Britain

Editors Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath McKay read from their book of essays, fiction and poetry by second generation Irish writers in Britain , whose contributors attempt to capture the diverse experience of a group of people largely rendered invisible. The sections touch upon what it is to be authentic, what’s new about the experience of ‘diaspora’, what evolves and what changes. Many of the contributors acknowledge that anti-Irish racism has been part of their lives and the work reflects the tensions of not belonging but of ploughing on. Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop

Sunday 22 September: Irish poems about health and wellbeing.

Discussion led by Deirdre O’Byrne of Nottingham Irish Studies Group. 12 – 1pm, Southwell Workhouse NG25 0PT This is part of Workhouse Poetry Festival 2019.

Thursday 3 October Irish segment included in the Sockful of Porridge event, @ The Barley Twist pub on Carrington Street – storyteller Deirdre told a couple of old Irish tales. This gig was in aid of charity, raising funds for the Woodland Trust.

We are happy to support the new Irish Film Club set up by Nottingham Irish Centre. So far, the Centre has hosted The Commitments and Hear My Song. All screenings are free – with free popcorn!