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Maria Edgeworth 250 Conference
7-8th of December 2018. Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin


Portrait of the Edgeworth Family
Adam Buck
18th century, 1787
Coloured pencil, watercolour and graphite on paper
Sheet: 25.1 x 30.4 cm
Photo © National Gallery of Ireland 


To  mark  the  250th  anniversary  of  the  birth  of  Maria  Edgeworth,   the School of English, the Long Room Hub, and the National Library of Ireland will host a conference examining her  life  and  writing  across  its  full range and  scope. As  well as  papers  that  address  Edgeworth’s  innovative writing  for  the  young,  her  essays  on education and  her  ambitious  and original novels,  there will also be papers that discuss  the  wider  intellectual, social  and  political  world  of  the  Edgeworth  family.
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To celebrate the 250th anniversary of her birth, the RDS Library is hosting an exhibition on Maria Edgeworth. Based on the RDS Edgeworth collection it will give insight into Edgeworth as an educator and successful novelist.

On the evening of the 6th December, the Royal Irish Academy celebrates Maria Edgeworth’s sesquicentenary. Edgeworth was an honorary member of the Academy, which marks her 250th birthday with a panel that foregrounds contemporary Irish women writers across the literary genres. Speakers include Marina Carr, Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin, Eiis Ni Dhuibhne, Claire Kilroy and Margaret Kelleher. The event will be introduced by Claire Connolly MRIA and a reception will follow. 

The event will take place at Academy House on Dawson Street on Thursday 6 December 2018 at 6 pm. Please follow this link for more information: This event will have Irish Sign Language interpreting.  Booking is essential and a very limited number of places remain.

Registration for this conference is not required and anyone interested is welcome to attend.