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Symposium - ‘Our Roots Travel Widely’: Irish Poetry Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism (BRAN)

June 14, 2024
The Linen Hall, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB
10:00 - 16:30

‘Our Roots Travel Widely’: Irish Poetry Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism (BRAN) sets out to explore mid-century Irish poetry’s rich web of affiliations, reconceptualising the period from Partition to the Troubles by bringing to light neglected cross-border collaborations, transnational connections, poets of colour, feminist, ecocritical, socialist, queer, and working-class perspectives.  This free, public symposium opens with a keynote lecture by Dr Lucy Collins (University College Dublin) on Women Poets Writing War.  After lunch, we present Bran’s research findings and launch a special edition of the Poetry Jukebox, with poems by Valentin Iremonger, Pearse Hutchinson, Juanita Casey, Ferdinand Levy, Freda Laughton and others read by Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Séan Hewitt and other contemporary poets.  Mitchell Institute Fellow: Legacy, Professor Fran Brearton (Queen’s University Belfast) and Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) offer some reflections and conversation on Irish Poetic Futures and the day concludes with a poetry reading by Nithy Kasa, Scott McKendry and Julie Morrissy.

This symposium, the project’s second, is led by Mitchell Institute Fellow: Religion, Arts and Peacebuilding, Dr Gail McConnell (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr Karl O’Hanlon (Maynooth University), in partnership with the Linen Hall Library and Quotidian: Poetry Jukebox.

‘Our Roots Travel Widely’: Irish Poetry Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism’ is a two-year project funded by the Higher Education Authority under the North-South Research Programme of the Shared Island Initiative.  All events are free and catering is provided.


School of Arts, English and Languages
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