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The Third Literature of Irish Exile
Autumn School
Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh - Saturday, 26 October 2002

The Literature of Irish Exile autumn school is now in its third year. The focus will again be on how emigrants from Ireland have given expression in words to feelings of exile. The songs of emigration and exile part of the programme will take place the stimulating setting of the Outdoor Museum of the Ulster-American Folk Park: at a fireside in the Old World; on board ship; and at a fireside in the New World. The rest will be in the warmth of the library of the Centre for Migration Studies. The aim is to give members of the public a friendly opportunity to meet and mix with experts on some of the less well-known aspects of 'exile' in Irish literature.

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Dr Sophia Hillan is Director of the Queen's University of Belfast's Institute of Irish Studies MA programme at both Belfast and Armagh and is the Academic Director of the new International Summer School in Irish Studies and Pre-Semester Programme in Irish Studies for American and European students. Her published work includes The silken twine: a study of the works of Michael McLaverty (1989); and (as editor) In quiet places: the uncollected stories, letters and critical prose of Michael McLaverty (1992); (as co-editor) Hope and history: eyewitness accounts of life in twentieth-century Ulster (1996). Her most recent work is The Edge of Dark: the Sense of Place in Writings of Sam Hanna Bell and Michael McLaverty.

John Moulden is a well-known author, collector and performer of traditional Irish song and is the author of Songs of Emigration

Dr Liam Harte is Senior Research Fellow in the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster

Dr Patrick Ward is Advisor for English in the Western Education and Library Board and author of Exile, Emigration and Irish Writing, Irish Academic Press, 2002

Pat Coughlan is Professor of English at University College, Cork; Brian Lambkin is Director of MCMS; Paddy Fitzgerald is Lecturer and Development Officer at MCMS; Belfast; John Lynch is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Lifelong Learning at Queen's University, Belfast

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Programme Details

Saturday 26 October, 2002

10.0 Registration (MCMS Library at Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh)
Tea / Coffee on arrival

10.45 Welcome (MCMS Library)

11.00 'The theme of exile in the novels of Sam Hanna Bell', Sophia Hillan
Chair: Pat Coughlan

11.45 Discussion

12.00 'Writing "Home": The Autobiography of the Irish in Britain', Liam Harte
Chair: John Lynch

12.30 Lunch, Ulster-American Folk Park Restaurant

1.30 Songs of Emigration and Exile in the Outdoor Museum, sung at a fireside in the Old World, on board ship, and at a fireside in the New World, John Moulden
Chair: Patrick Fitzgerald

3.00 Afternoon Tea (MCMS Library)

3.15 'Exile, Emigration and Irish Writing', Patrick Ward
Chair: Sophia Hillan

4.0 Panel Discussion (including chairs)

4.30 Reception for speakers and participants

Fee: £20.00 stg (50% concession for students, unwaged and senior citizens) This includes: registration, morning tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee and drinks reception.

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