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The Country Girls Writing Workshop with Dermot Bolger

The Continuing Character – Dermot Bolger

 

Not least of the achievements of Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy is how she interweaves the worlds of her two central characters at different stages of their lives. In this workshop novelist Dermot Bolger examines the challenge of getting inside the head of the same characters for a second time and progressing their stories while remaining true to their original representation. In discussing how he depicted the early decades of his real life heroine, Eva Fitzgerald, in his classic 2005 novel, The Family on Paradise Pier, and then later used the same characters to explore Eva’s closing decades in his 2018 novel, An Ark of Light, Bolger explores questions of to how to blend the plot of one novel into the plot of its sequel; how to research fiction set in the period when The Country Girls is set and both the issues and responsibilities involved in basing fiction on real events, be they biographical or autobiographical.

Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 11:30 am

Tickets

Booking

Booking essential

The Country Girls Writing Workshop with Nuala O’Connor

Writing From the Body – Nuala O’Connor 

Writing sensual moments and/or sex scenes in fiction can be a tricky business. How upfront does the writer need to be? How much should be on the page and how much hinted at? Using examples and writing exercises, this workshop will look at how far to go when it comes to writing from and about the body in long and short fiction.

The Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 11:45 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Writing Women, Society and Sex in Ireland

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls : Writing women, society and sex in Ireland today and yesterday. A panel discussion featuring Martina Devlin author of Truth or Dare and About Sisterland , Dr Maureen O’Connor  (UCC)  and author June Caldwell (Room Little Darker ) . Chaired by Garrett Fagan (UCD)

This event is jointly support by Dublin: One City One Book and The National Library of Ireland.

All welcome. No booking required.

Martina Devlin has written 10 books. Her latest is Truth & Dare, a short story collection in which she brings to life some of the women who shaped Ireland – from Maud Gonne to Countess Markievicz. She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland commentator of the year, and is vice-chair of the Irish Writers Centre.

Dr Maureen O’Connor lectures in the School of English at University College Cork. She has published widely in Irish Studies, especially on women’s writing. She has recently completed a book-length study of Edna O’Brien’s writing.

June Caldwell’s short story collection Room Little Darker was published in 2017. She is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and her short story SOMAT was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by The Sunday Times. Her first novel Little Town Moone will be published in 2020.

Discussion chaired by Garrett Fagan who teaches literature courses at the National University of Ireland and at various Dublin universities, the Open University and Warwick University.

Venue

National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street Dublin 2,

Time

April 13 at 12:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

Class Divides in Irish Society Past and Present

Panel Discussion: Class Divides in Irish Society Past and Present 

Colm Keegan and Professor Margaret Kelleher

What promises to be a very lively discussion between these two well-known personalities on the Dublin literary scene will include topics such as how the working-class has traditionally been portrayed in writing; working-class writers and social issues; how writers portray class in their own work; the shift in attitudes towards class as displayed in current writing; and to what extent the urban/rural divide still exists. There will be plenty of time for Qs & As also.

 

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 3:45 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

The Country Girls Book Club – BOOKED OUT

 

 

BOOKED OUT

Dublin City Libraries Book Club members are invited to attend a special event with author Rachael English and broadcaster Rick O’Shea, where they will discuss Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy – the main themes, the importance of Edna O’Brien’s writing and more. Audience participation is encouraged. Followed by complimentary refreshments. Places limited.

Rachael English is a journalist and presenter of Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One. She is the author of four novels including The American Girl and The Night of the Party.

Rick O’Shea is a broadcaster with RTÉ Gold and runs Ireland’s largest online bookclub – The Rick O’Shea Book Club with over 25,000 members. He was a judge for the Costa Book Awards and along with Sinéad Moriarty selects books for the Easons Must Reads promotions.

 

BOOKED OUT

Venue

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Time

April 15 at 2:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Women’s Magazines and ‘Problem Pages’ of the 1950s and 60s

What were women reading for relaxation and entertainment during the 1950s and 60s? Find out more with Dr Caitríona Clear in this intriguing talk about women’s magazines of the period.

Catríona Clear is the author of Women’s Voices in Ireland: Women’s Magazines in the 1950s and 60s.

Venue

Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Time

April 15 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Edna O’Brien: Life Stories, a Documentary Screening

Directed by Charlie McCarthy and produced by Clíona Ní Bhuachalla of Icebox Films in 2012, this documentary is based on interviews with Edna O’Brien and her two sons Carlo and Sasha. The film offers a glimpse of O’Brien’s more private life and her writing process. Introduction by director Charlie McCarthy.

Venue

Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Time

April 16 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Film Screening: I Was Happy Here (1965)

IFI and Dublin One City One Book present films directed by Desmond Davis with screenplays by Edna O’Brien

I WAS HAPPY HERE (1965)

Cass (Sarah Miles), escapes from an arid marriage in London and returns home to Co. Clare. The rekindling of passion with her old sweetheart is complicated by the arrival of her husband and the disapproval of locals. Lively scenes of London emigrant experience contrast starkly with life in the faded seaside town in this tale of romance and melancholy. 1965 / 91 mins/ B/W

Tickets in person or at www.ifi.ie

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Venue

IFI, Eustace St Dublin 2,

Time

April 17 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Booking

Booking essential

Portrait of the Writer as a Young Woman- Talk by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Portrait of the Writer as a Young Woman:  Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls as a prototype of Coming of Age Novels.

Novelist, short story writer and playwright ÉilÍs Ní Dhuibhne will discuss Enda O’Brien’s The Country Girls, its style and content, and its relationship to her own coming of age novel, The Dancers and Dancing.

No booking. All welcome.

ÉilÍs Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin and graduated from UCD with BA in 1974, MPhil in 1976 and PhD in1982. She is an Irish novelist, short story writer and playwright in both Irish and English.  Her fiction includes The Dancers Dancing (1999), The Bray House (1990), Fox Swallow Scarecrow (2007) Midwife to the Fairies, The Shelter of Neighbours (2012), Hurlamaboc (2009) and several other books.  Plays include Dun na mBan Tri Thine (first performed in the Peacock 1996, and performed in the Taidhbhearc in July 2017), Milseog an Samhraidh, and an episode in Signatories (2016), amongst others. She has also several non-fiction works and is a regular book reviewer for the Irish Times.  Her latest book is Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 2017). Her books have been translated to several languages.

 

Venue

Blanchardstown Library, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre Dublin 15,

Time

April 17 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

From the Convent Cloister to The Country Girls: The Irish Nun in History and Literature

Convent life gave opportunities to Irish women to get a good education, avoid ‘compulsory’ marriage and indeed the chance for ‘worldly’ adventures. Find out more with Deirdre Raftery, author of Nano Nagle, the Life and Legacy, and Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin during an evening of talk and readings introduced by Nell Regan.

Venue

Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Time

April 17 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Irish Writers Centre Workshops

The Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

  • Time to be confirmed

Booking and further information at http://www.irishwriterscentre.ie

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 18 at 10:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

The Country Girls: The Book, the Author and Society

Join Catriona Crowe of the Royal Irish Academy and Paula Shields of RTÉ Radio One’s Arena programme for a wide-ranging conversation about Edna O’Brien, her Country Girls Trilogy and the 1960s society that reacted to the book.

Venue

DLR LexIcon, Level 5, Room 2 Dun Laoghaire,

Time

April 18 at 1:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Clare County Libraries Book Club Event

A special book club event to celebrate The Country Girls Trilogy by acclaimed Clare-born author Edna O’Brien, as the 2019 Dublin: One City One Book choice. Guest speaker TBC.

 

Venue

Scariff Public Library, Mountshannon Road Scariff, Clare

Time

April 18 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking advisable
  • Phone: 061 922893

Girls in Their Married Bliss on Stage

 

Presented by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The New Theatre. A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy. Romantic Kate and pragmatic Baba, now both married, experience the trials and troubles of love and passion against the backdrop of 1960s London. Starring Katie O’Kelly and Madi O’Carroll. Produced and directed by Anthony Fox, Curated by Jane McCarthy.

Venue

The New Theatre, 43 Essex St E, Temple Bar Dublin 2,

Time

April 24 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

€6 – €8

Booking

Booking essential

An Evening With Edna – BOOKED OUT

Spend the evening in the company of Edna O’Brien, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book and one of Ireland’s most treasured writers. Edna will be interviewed by writer Colum McCann about her enormous contribution to world literature. She will be joined by singer Moya Brennan and harpist Cormac de Barra, playing some of her favourite music. Selected excerpts from The Country Girls Trilogy will be read by actor Seána Kerslake. 

Booking is essential. Maximum of 2 tickets per booking.

Edna O’Brien‘s works include 18 novels, 9 collections of short stories, 5 plays, biographies of James Joyce and Byron, a cultural history of Ireland, memoirs and a volume of poetry. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal, the Frank O’Connor Prize and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, she has lived in London for many  years.

Colum McCann is the author of 6 novels and 3 collections of stories including Transatlantic and Thirteen Ways of Looking. He has won numerous international literary awards and his fiction has been published in over thirty languages. Let The Great World Spin was the winner of the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award and the National Book Award in the USA.He most recently published Letters to a Young Writer.

Seána Kerslake is best known for The Hole in the Ground which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, A Date for Mad Mary, Dublin Oldschool and Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. She has appeared in many theatre productions including Mood Music at London’s Old Vic. Seána was the recipient of the Bingham Ray New Talent Award and has been nominated for 3 IFTA Awards.

In a long illustrious career with Clannad and as a solo performer, Moya Brennan has established a reputation as one of the great performers of Celtic music, an Irish icon with the world as her stage.  Her uniquely soulful ethereal voice has attracted a huge international following and earned her countless awards and record sales in excess of ten million.

Virtuoso harper, Cormac De Barra, is one of Ireland’s premier traditional musicians.  He has toured and played all over the world with major stars such as The Chieftains, Liam O’Maonlai, Brian Kennedy, and principally as accompanist for Moya Brennan. As well as performing, Cormac is a presenter on TG4’s Flosc and Imeall TV series.

Venue

Round Room, Mansion House Dawson St, Dublin 2

Time

April 24 at 8:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Girls in Their Married Bliss on Stage

Presented by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The New Theatre. A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed The Country Girls Trilogy. Romantic Kate and pragmatic Baba, now both married, experience the trials and troubles of love and passion against the backdrop of 1960s London. Starring Katie O’Kelly and Madi O’Carroll. Produced and directed by Anthony Fox, Curated by Jane McCarthy.

Venue

The New Theatre, 43 Essex St E, Temple Bar Dublin 2,

Time

April 25 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

€6 – €8

Booking

Booking essential

Girls in Their Married Bliss on Stage

Presented by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The New Theatre. A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed The Country Girls Trilogy. Romantic Kate and pragmatic Baba, now both married, experience the trials and troubles of love and passion against the backdrop of 1960s London. Starring Katie O’Kelly and Madi O’Carroll. Produced and directed by Anthony Fox, Curated by Jane McCarthy.

www.thenewtheatre.com

Venue

The New Theatre, 43 Essex St E, Temple Bar Dublin 2,

Time

April 26 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

€6 – €8

Booking

Booking essential

Girls in Their Married Bliss on Stage

Presented by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The New Theatre. A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed The Country Girls Trilogy. Romantic Kate and pragmatic Baba, now both married, experience the trials and troubles of love and passion against the backdrop of 1960s London. tarring Katie O’Kelly and Madi O’Carroll. Produced and directed by Anthony Fox, Curated by Jane McCarthy.

Venue

The New Theatre, 43 Essex St E, Temple Bar Dublin 2,

Time

April 27 at 2:30 pm

Tickets

€6 – €8

Booking

Booking essential

Girls in Their Married Bliss on Stage

Presented by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The New Theatre. A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed The Country Girls Trilogy. Romantic Kate and pragmatic Baba, now both married, experience the trials and troubles of love and passion against the backdrop of 1960s London. Starring Katie O’Kelly and Madi O’Carroll. Produced and directed by Anthony Fox, Curated by Jane McCarthy.

www.thenewtheatre.com

Venue

The New Theatre, 43 Essex St E, Temple Bar Dublin 2,

Time

April 27 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

€6 – €8

Booking

Booking essential
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