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EMBASSY OF IRELAND LECTURE 2017 | 3 May, 2017 | 12 pm | Auditorium III | FLUL



Date: 3 May, 2017
Venue: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Organization: ULICES/Embassy of Ireland in Portugal

ULICES Research Group 4 – Other English-speaking Literatures and Cultures invites you to attend the Embassy of Ireland Lecture 2017.

Guest writer: Deirdre Madden

Title: Reading and Conversation with Deirdre Madden

Bio note

Deemed “the constant genius of Irish letters” by fellow writer Sebastian Barry, Deirdre Madden lectures Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin, and is the author of Hidden Symptoms (1986), The Birds of Innocent Wood (1988), Remembering Light and Stone (1993), Nothing Is Black (1994), One by One in the Darkness (1996), Authenticity (2002); Molly Fox’s Birthday (2008) and Time Present and Time Past (2013). She has also published three books for children, Snakes’ Elbows (2005), Thanks For Telling Me, Emily (2007) and Jasper and the Green Marvel (2011), and edited All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories (2015).

A child when the Troubles broke out in her native Northern Ireland, Madden concedes that, “the Troubles are almost always in my work in some way, at some level,” be it in novels about the Troubles or about art, love, and loss. Using fiction to “enter into another person’s mind” with remarkable compassion, Madden similarly calls for “a criticism that is also instinctive and imaginative, that attempts to approach any given work in the same spirit as the work itself.”

Embassy of Ireland Lectures

Launched by H. E. Ambassador James Brennan after his visit to the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, in May 2008, to address students enrolled in the recently created course unit on Irish Literature and Culture, the Embassy of Ireland Lectures have brought to Portugal distinguished Irish writers and academics.


Admission is free.


University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES)