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28 July- 2 August 2019 | Trinity College Dublin

Now in its ninth year, the Samuel Beckett Summer Schoolprovides 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.

This year’s programme sees lectures from Olga Belobordova, S. E. Gontarski, Nicholas Johnson, Pascale Sardin, Rhys Tranter and Katherine Weiss. Daily seminar topics include Beckett’s Manuscripts (Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle)
Beckett and Irish History (Feargal Whelan)
Beckett’s Bilingual Oeuvre (Pascale Sardin)
Reading Beckett’s Drama (Jonathan Heron)
Performance Workshop (Sarah Jane Scaife). An open forum on Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing will also be chaired by Julie Bates.

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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