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Lecture series 2014-15

Disability & Liteature

This innovative series of seminars explores the various ways in which disability has been represented in literature from the perspectives of academics, writers, artists and activists in local and international contexts.

It is organized by the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, in conjunction with the MSc in Disability Studies (School of Social Work and Social Policy), and is co-hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub.  It features contributions from the School of English as well as from the Centre for Deaf Studies and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability in TCD.  It also welcomes speakers from outside TCD, from key organizations, including the Disability Federation of Ireland and Arts & Disability Ireland, and from the field of the contemporary arts. The series contributes to Trinity's major research focus on 'Identities in Transformation'

Seminars are organised thematically, or with reference to the work of a particular author, and subjects to be covered include images of disability, impairment and deafness in works by writers with or without disabilities. 

The series will be held over seven consecutive weeks, beginning on Monday 13th January 2014 at 7pm.  Seminars will be held in two accessible locations in TCD: the Trinity Long Room Hub and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability.  Seminars will be signed by an ISL interpreter, and all are very welcome to attend.  For further information, contact:  Dr Paul Delaney, School of English at or Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte, MSc Disability Studies at

This lecture series is generously supported by the Trinity Equality Fund.




Children’s Literature and Disability

Chair: Declan Treanor (Disability Service, TCD) |Speakers: Audrey Baker (St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra), Dr Siobhan Parkinson (Former Laureate na nÓg) and Dr Amanda Piesse (School of English, TCD).

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Dickens and Disability

Chair:  Karen Campos McCormack (Equality Officer, TCD) | Speakers: Dr Daragh Downes (School of English, TCD) and Prof Darryl Jones (School of English, TCD) Listen to the Podcast



Poetry and Disability

This lecture will take place in the National Institute for Intellectual Disability.

Speakers: Theo Dorgan (Poet), Dr Nerys Williams (Poet, UCD), Dr Philip Coleman (School of English, TCD)  



Christy Brown

This lecture will take place in the National Institute for Intellectual Disability.

Speakers: Stephen Daunt (Newstalk), Dr Paul Delaney (School of English, TCD), John Dolan (CEO, Disability Federation of Ireland)  



Deaf People and Literature

Speakers: Dr John Bosco Conama (Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD), Prof Christopher Morash (School of English, TCD)





War Literature and Disability

Speakers: Prof Gerald Dawe (School of English, TCD), Dr Eve Patten (School of English, TCD) Listen to the Podcast


Readings with Contemporary Artists and Writers Speakers: Rosaleen McDonagh (Playwright), Pádraig Naughton (Director, Arts & Disability Ireland) Listen to the podcast

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