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Samuel Beckett Summer School

28 July- 2 August 2019 | Trinity College Dublin

Now in its ninth year, the Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works to engage with a faculty drawn from the world’s foremost Beckett scholars, all in the surroundings of Trinity College Dublin, the author’s alma mater.

Take part in seminars, lectures, public performances, guided tours and lively discussions in a stimulating and convivial atmosphere of this historic institution.

The Samuel Beckett Summer School Public Programme 2019

Monday 29 July 2019, 6:00 PM, Samuel Beckett Theatre
How It Is (Part 2) by Samuel Beckett
A work-in-progress presentation by Gare St Lazare Ireland
post-show discussion and 2019 launch reception to follow
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Tuesday 30 July 2019, 7:00 PM, Kilmainham Gaol (Courthouse)
Beckett Behind Bars
A conversation hosted by Feargal Whelan, with Nora Masterson and Mouth on Fire

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Wednesday 31 July 2019, 11:00 AM, Trinity Long Room Hub
Beckett and Laughter
A “long table” hosted by Nicholas Johnson, with Eva Kenny & Raymond Keane
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Wednesday 31 July 2019, 1:15 PM, Meet at Pavilion Bar
Tour of the Beckett Country
Guided by Feargal Whelan / depart 1:30 from campus, return 6:00
all seats €15 — includes soup & sandwich lunch — walk-ups welcome
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Wednesday 31 July 2019, 6:30 PM, Trinity Long Room Hub
Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing
A reading and conversation hosted by Julie Bates and Steven Matthews, with Niamh Campbell and Nathan O'Donnell

Thursday 1 August 2019, 11:30 AM, Trinity Long Room Hub
Behind the Scenes: The Beckett Archive at Trinity College Dublin
A conversation with Jane Maxwell, Gerald Dawe, and Eoin O'Brien about new Beckett acquisitions, the Leventhal/MacCarthy papers, and more
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Friday 2 August 2019, 12:00 PM, Trinity Long Room Hub
In Conversation: Joe Caslin and Leah Kenny
On the public artwork "The Youth Need To See Their Greatness Reflected In Our Eyes" and more / chaired by Julie Bates

Seats at all public programme events (with the exception of the Tour of the
Beckett Country) can be reserved free of charge, with an optional donation
supporting the 2020 public programme of the Beckett Summer School.

The public programme is a core activity of the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies, based within the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. It is generously supported by Dublin UNESCO/City of Literature, Larry and Mary Lund, and many of our partners at this year's venues and institutions.

Student Symposium: Sunday, 4 August 2019
The 2019 Summer School will host an additional symposium featuring research and discussion by participants in the school, on the Sunday following the activities of the school (4 August 2019). We hope that this enhances the opportunity for current students and researchers to engage and reflect on their activities, and is the first step toward making the Summer School a credit-bearing course. Please contact for enquiries related to the symposium, or express your interest on the registration form.

Please email for any enquiries.

The Beckett Summer School began in 2011 as a project of the School of English and the School of Creative Arts at Trinity College Dublin. Since 2017, it forms a core part of the activities of the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies, formed by a partnership between those two schools, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies, and the Trinity Library. The Summer School is housed on campus at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, which also hosts the research centre.


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