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Exploring Irish Childhoods: An Irish Writer in her Time

Friday, 6 March, 6pm – Saturday, 7 March 2020, 7pm

Exploring Irish Childhoods: An Irish Writer in her Time

A centenary conference on the writings of Eilís Dillon organised by the School of English.

Although Eilís Dillon’s many published books earned her critical recognition in her lifetime, since her death it has been difficult to place her work in the canon of Irish writing. In her centenary year, a reassessment is due. Her reputation as a children’s writer is secure; in the words of Nancy Watson she is a “foundational” writer in the field of Irish children’s literature. Several papers at the forthcoming conference will address her books for young people, but other aspects including her historical novels will also feature. A panel discussion of her cultural context will include speakers from publishing and the arts. The political and cultural dimension of her work as a whole will be discussed in lectures by Declan Kiberd and Gerald Dawe.

March 6th 2020
6pm: Keynote Lecture by Gerald Dawe
Eilís Dillon’s Across the Bitter Sea and the politics of place’
Please note that Declan Kiberd's lecture originally scheduled for this time (Invisible Republics: Eilís Dillon and Modern Childhoods) will now not be able to proceed due to circumstances beyond our control.
March 7th 2020
9:30am – 5pm: CONFERENCE

Please register for the opening keynote and conference at the following link: 

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
Contact Name: Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

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