Projects and Events 2018/19
This academic year sees me take up an Associate Research Fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London, within the School of Arts and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI). I continue to serve on the Board of Irish Film Festival London (IFFL) and will become its Chair in November 2018. Check out the link below on all the news for the upcoming Festival for November 2018. As well as researching and teaching at Birkbeck, I am delighted to be teaching a new evening class at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, as part of its expanding education programme this October/November. More details are given on the panel below with further links to the ICC site.
Associate Research Fellowship
Birkbeck, University of London
For the academic year 2018/19 I have been conferred an Associate Research Fellowship in the School of Arts at Birkbeck, associated with the Birkbeck Institute for Moving Image (known as BIMI). [BIMI link] As well as running seminars and offering talks, it programmes a fantastic set of screenings at the award-winning Birkbeck cinema and hosts the Essay Film Festival. Follow it on Twitter @BIMI
Irish Film Festival, London 21-25 November
Regent Stree Cinema, London
Delighted to serve on the Board of IFFL. We are not for profit organisation committed to presenting the best of Irish film, animation and TV in a year round programme of events, the high lights of which is our annual festival in November  and our festival involvement in the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. For information on becoming a member, a Friend or Champion, how to get involved as a volunteer or a sponsor please check out the main website.
A Tale of Two Cities: London, Dublin and the Irish Revival
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith
Between about 1870 and 1921, the cities of London and Dublin were an urban axis for a resurgence of Irish writing, now known as the Literary Revival. Literature and drama in English and Irish was written, published, performed, read and discussed by a generation of writers who lived in and worked between these two cities. This five week course (2hrs per class) will present some of the key Irish writing and writers from this period. It will allow you to explore how the real locations and the ones imagined combined to produce a potent national narrative for a distinctive Irish cultural identity during a crucial period of Anglo-Irish relations. Here is the Course Booklet [Booklet]
Each week, the class will consist of a lecture and a seminar discussion about a writer, a work and an issue to introduce you to the current scholarship on this period. Although not formally assessed, you will be expected to read for each week’s classes. Writers to be discussed include W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory, Somerville & Ross, G.B. Shaw, Padraic Ó Conaire, George Moore. Click here for a reading list [Reading List]
‘Glossary of Terms’ [Glossary] - Read for Week 1: 24 Oct 6 pp.
Read for Week 1: 24 Oct 2 x 2 pp. The reading is two short extracts from work by Bill McCormack on 19thC Dublin (‘A clerical world’) and Peter Ackroyd on 19thC London (‘How many miles to Babylon?’). Your task is to read and compare the two cities in the period prior to the one we will be focusing on for the course.
Classes Wednesday evening 6.30-8.30pm starting 24 October until 21 November 2018
Fee £65 (10hrs of contact time). To register click here [ICC Registration]