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Embassy of Ireland Lecture: “The Past Is a Foreign Country” with Mary Morrissy | 19 May, 2016 | 6 pm | Theatre III | FLUL

Date: 19 May, 2016
Venue: Theatre III, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Organization: ULICES Sponsor: Embassy of Ireland in Portugal

ULICES Research Group 4 – Other English-speaking Literatures and Cultures invites you to attend the Embassy of Ireland Lecture 2016.

Guest writer: Mary Morrissy

Title: “The Past Is a Foreign Country” – Lecture & Reading

Bio note:

Mary Morrissy is the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl (1996), The Pretender (2000) and The Rising of Bella Casey (2013), and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye (1993) and the recently published Prosperity Drive (2016), which has earned her wide acclaim and comparisons to Chekhov and Alice Munro. Her short story “The Gender of Cars” has been translated into Portuguese, “O Género de Carros”, and features in the anthology Contar um Conto (eds. Ana Raquel Fernandes and Mário Semião, 2014).

In 1995 Mary Morrissy was awarded the prestigious US Lannan Award for work “of exceptional quality”. Mother of Pearl, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread (now Costa) Award, and The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey were both nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award.

Mary Morrissy has taught creative writing in the U.S. and Ireland since 2000 and was appointed Lecturer in Creative Writing at University College Cork in 2015.

Embassy of Ireland Lectures:

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

All are welcome.


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