A couple of these have already taken place, but for those of you who may be (a) interested in Irish writing and (b) (crucially) around the Liverpool area, there are eight more evenings taking place on Thursday nights until shortly before Christmas.
The Liverpool Hope University series kicked off a couple of weeks back with what sounds like an intriguing talk by Justice Adrian Hardiman of the Supreme Court titled “James Joyce and the Golden Age of the English Murder”.
If that’s a title to whet the appetite, the great pity is that there’s no way I can retrospectively get to Liverpool on Sunday, October 14th.
Nevertheless, the rest of the talks look no less interesting (or more accurately, not a huge amount less intriguing), starting this Thursday night with Professor Patricia Coughlan of UCC on “Hard Times and Sibling Songs: Sibling Relations in Irish Literature, James Joyce to Anne Enright”.
The four remaining talks in November see Anne Fogarty discuss Joyce’s “The Dead”, Jarlath Killeen on Bram Stoker’s The Snake’s Pass, Jane Suzanne Carroll on C.S. Lewis, Nicholas Daly on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, PJ Matthews on JM Synge, Michael Kennedy on Conor Cruise O’Brien and the Congo and Terry Phillips on Sebastian Barry and Ireland’s hidden history.
For all the details, the full list of Liverpool Hope University’s talks on Irish literature is over here (PDF, 2.54MB).
(P.S. If someone can point me in the direction of anything to give me more info on Justice Hardiman and James Joyce, feel free to leave a comment…)