Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, novelist and memoirist, son of the Irish Literary Revival writer Alfred Perceval Graves, visited Ireland three times – in 1918, when he was stationed in Limerick following service on the Western Front, in 1928, to seek out Irish poet Geoffrey Phibbs in Sligo, and in 1975, when he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy. Author of The White Goddess (1948), a text which has been described as ‘the last product of the Irish Literary Revival’, and a poet whose work, as he claimed himself in 1959, ‘remains true to the Anglo-Irish tradition into which I was born’, Robert Graves’s profound influence on the generation of Irish poets who began writing in the 1950s and 1960s is matched by his own indebtedness to Irish literature and Celtic scholarship earlier in the 20th century.
Papers are invited on all aspects of Robert Graves’s relations to Ireland and Irish letters. Abstracts (no more than 250 words) should be sent by 31 May 2011 to Dr Fran Brearton (firstname.lastname@example.org), School of English, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland.
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Thursday 24 November at 8pm in Crescent Arts Centre.