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Irish Cultural Centre

Music, literature and radio shows from the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London.
Northern Irish Voices: Jan Carson in conversation with Anne Flaherty
We are pleased to present Jan Carson in conversation with Anne Flaherty.About Jan Carson: born in Ballymena, Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator now based in Belfast. Her writing includes Malcolm Orange Disappears (2014), Children’s Children, (2016), and two micro-fiction collections, Postcard Stories 1 and 2 (2017 & 2020).  Jan won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition in 2016 and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Story Prize and Sean O’Faolain Short Story Prize. Her most recent novel The Fire Starters (2020) won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland, the Kitschies Prize for Speculative Fiction and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Book Prize. Jan’s most recent 10 part short story series, The Last Resortwas transmitted on BBC Radio 4 in early 2021. In January this year she hosted an online symposium showcasing contemporary Northern Irish writers: Prophets, Makers and Risk Takers.She is currently writer in residence on an AHRC-funded research project at Queen’s University Belfast exploring the depiction of Dementia in contemporary fiction. Jan’s third novel, No Promised Land will be published in Summer 2021.About Anne Flaherty: A journalist born in London and growing up in County Clare, Anne has worked for The Irish Press in Dublin and The Irish Times in Belfast as well as reporting from Africa and Asia. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Writing from Queen’s University Belfast and an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of Surrey.
May 16 2021
52 mins
Northern Irish Voices: Glenn Patterson in conversation with Anne Flaherty
We are pleased to present Glenn Patterson in conversation with Anne Flaherty.About Glenn Patterson: born and based in Belfast, Glenn Patterson is a graduate of the University of East Anglia creative writing course. He is the author of 11 highly acclaimed novels, including Burning Your Own (1988), Fat Lad (1992),  That Which Was (2004), The Mill for Grinding Old People Young (2012) and Gull (2016). He also co-wrote the screenplay of the film Good Vibrations (2013) about the Belfast music scene of the 1970s. Glenn is also well known for his non-fiction titles which include his collected journalistic writings Lapsed Protestant (2006), Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times (2008), a memoir of his grand-parents and Backstop Land (2019) concerning Northern Ireland and Brexit. He has also written plays for Radio 3 and Radio 4. Glenn is the recipient of numerous awards including Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (1988), Betty Trask Award (1988) Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award (1993),  Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist Award (2006), and Heimbold Visiting Chair of Irish Studies (2016).  He is currently Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.About Anne Flaherty: A journalist born in London and growing up in County Clare, Anne has worked for The Irish Press in Dublin and  The Irish Times in Belfast as well as reporting from  Africa and Asia.  She is a graduate of  Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Writing from Queen’s University Belfast and an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of Surrey.
May 9 2021
59 mins
Northern Irish Voices: Frank Ormsby in conversation with Anne Morrison
We are pleased to present poet Frank Ormsby in conversation with Anne Morrison.About Frank Ormsby: Born in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, Frank  Ormsby was educated at Queen’s University in Belfast and until 2010 he was Head of English at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.  He is the eighth Ireland Professor of Poetry, a position he took up on 1 November 2019 and will hold until 31 October 2022. Frank has consistently been seen as one of Northern Ireland’s foremost poets and to date has published 7 collections of poetry: A Store of Candles (1977), A Northern Spring (1986), The Ghost Train (1995), Fireflies (2009), his retrospective Goat’s Milk: New & Selected Poems (2015), which was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize,  The Darkness of Snow (2017) which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for a National Book Circle Critics Award in the US and his most recent work, The Rain Barrel (2019). Frank was editor of The Honest Ulsterman from 1969 to 1989.  He has also edited Poetry Ireland Review, along with a number of poetry anthologies and several books.In 1992 he received the Cultural Traditions Award, given in memory of John Hewitt.  In 2002 he received the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St Thomas at St Paul, Minnesota. About Anne Morrison: Anne has a long and distinguished career as a television executive and producer in documentaries and other factual programmes. She is currently Creative Director, Factual at Nevision production company, having held senior roles in the BBC for many years. She was Chair of BAFTA and founded the BBC Academy. In 2018, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Nottingham Trent University for services to broadcasting and the arts. She was born and brought up in Belfast and now lives in London.
May 2 2021
50 mins
Northern Irish Voices: Lucy Caldwell in conversation with Keith Hopper
Lucy Caldwell discusses her most recent publication, Intimacies (2021), in conversation with Keith Hopper.About Lucy Caldwell: born in Belfast and currently living in London, Lucy Caldwell is the author of 3 novels: Where They Were Missed (2005), The Meeting Point (2011) and All the Beggars Riding (2013). She has written 2 collections of short stories, Multitudes (2016) and Intimacies (2021), along with several stage plays and radio dramas.  She is also the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (2019). Lucy’s work has attracted numerous awards, including The George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (2006), The Susan Smith Blackburn Award (2007), Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters’ Guild Award (2009), The Richard Imison Award (2009), the Dylan Thomas Prize (2011), Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist Award (2012), The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award (2013) and the Commonwealth Writers’ Award, Canada and Europe (2014).  She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.About Keith Hopper: Dr Keith Hopper lectures in Writing & Literature at the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition, 2009); general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001-2007); and co-editor of Flann O’Brien: Centenary Essays (2011) and The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (2013). He also co-edited a series of four books by and about the Irish writer Dermot Healy (2015-2016). Keith is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and is currently writing a book on poetry and the sense of place in the digital age.
Apr 25 2021
48 mins
Northern Irish Voices: Michael Longley in conversation with Anne Morrison
Michael Longley discusses his most recent publication, The Candlelight Master (2020), in conversation with Anne Morrison. About Michael Longley: born in Belfast, Michael Longley, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of 12 collections of poetry, has been a central figure in the poetry of Northern Ireland since the 1960s. From his first collection, No Continuing City: Poems 1963-1968 (1969) to his most recent publication, The Candlelight Master (2020), he has received numerous awards for his work. These include the Whitbread Poetry Prize (1991), the American Ireland Fund Literary Award (1996), the T.S. Eliot Prize (2000), the Hawthornden Prize (2000), the Wilfred Owen Award (2003), the Irish Times Poetry Now Award (2012), the Griffin International Prize (2015), the PEN Pinter Prize (2017) and the inaugural Yakamochi Medal (2018)Other major achievements include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), a CBE award (2010), and from 2007 to 2010 Michael was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2015 he was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast, and in the same year he received the Ulster Tatler Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of Aosdana.Michael has also written widely on the arts in Northern Ireland.  He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.About Anne Morrison: Anne has a long and distinguished career as a television executive and producer in documentaries and other factual programmes. She is currently Creative Director, Factual at Nevision production company, having held senior roles in the BBC for many years. She was Chair of BAFTA and founded the BBC Academy. In 2018, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Nottingham Trent University for services to broadcasting and the arts. She was born and brought up in Belfast and now lives in London.
Apr 18 2021
1 hr
Northern Irish Voices: Mary McAleese in conversation with Carlo Gébler
Launching our series on Northern Irish Voices, Mary McAleese discusses her recent memoir, Here’s The Story (2020), in conversation with Carlo Gébler.About Dr Mary McAleese: Born in Belfast, Dr Mary McAleese is a law graduate from Queen’s University.  In 1975 she was appointed Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College, Dublin.  In 1987 she returned to Queen’s as Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and in 1994 she became its first female pro-Vice Chancellor.  She is the first President of Ireland to have come from Northern Ireland, a position she held for two terms from 1997-2011.  The theme of her presidency was “building bridges” and she has a longstanding interest in many issues concerned with justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation.  Since stepping down as President she has gained a PhD in canon law (2018).Throughout her distinguished career Mary McAleese has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary doctorates: amongst others these include The American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award (2007) and honorary doctorates of law from the University of Otago, New Zealand (2007),  Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, (2009) and Fordham University in the Bronx, New York (2010). In 2009 she became the third living person to be awarded the Freedom of Kilkenny. In 2013 a ceremony was held to rename a bridge on the MI motorway near Drogheda as the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge to honour her contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.About Dr Carlo Gébler: Carlo Gébler is the author of nearly 30 works including novels, plays, short stories, children’s fiction, travel writing, historical pieces and a memoir. His more recent work includes The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) a retelling of Aesop’s Fables (2019) and Tales We Tell Ourselves: A Selection From ‘The Decameron’ (2020). He has contributed extensively to a wide variety of publications including  Critical Quarterly, The Dublin Review, Fiction Magazine, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Independent.
Apr 11 2021
1 hr 8 mins
Life in Lockdown: Dara Ó Briain in conversation with Anne Flaherty
Apr 8 2021
1 hr 1 min
Life in Lockdown: Siobhán McSweeney in conversation with Anne FlahertyKeith Hopper, Dermot Bolger, Anne Flaherty and Carlo Gébler in conversation, chaired by Anne Goudsmit - The ICC Digital Literary Festival final panel discussion
The ICC Digital Literary Festival features some of the stalwarts of Irish literature alongside recent bestselling authors.This recorded conversation features our Literary Festival interviewers in a panel discussion chaired by Anne Goudsmit.About Dr Keith HopperKeith is a lecturer in Literature, Film Studies, and Digital Humanities for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition, 2009), and general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001-2007). Keith also co-edited a series of four books by and about the Irish writer Dermot Healy (2016). About Dermot BolgerDermot is a journalist, editor, publisher, and one of Ireland’s best known and most prolific authors.  He has written 14 novels, 17 plays and 10 collections of poetry.  His work has attracted many awards, including the AE Memorial Prize and the Macaulay Fellowship. His play, Lament for Arthur Cleary, won both the Samuel Beckett Award and the BBC Stewart Parker Award. Dermot established Raven Arts Press in 1977 which was acknowledged to be one of Ireland’s innovative publishing houses.  He subsequently helped co-found New Island Books, which is now one of Ireland’s leading publishers. His most recent work, Secrets Never Told, is his first collection of short stories, one of which, Supermarket Flowers was shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020. About Anne FlahertyA journalist born in London and growing up in County Clare, Anne has worked for The Irish Press in Dublin and The Irish Times in Belfast as well as reporting from Africa and Asia. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Writing from Queen’s University Belfast and an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of Surrey.About Carlo GéblerCarlo is the author of nearly 30 works including novels, plays, short stories, children’s fiction, travel writing, historical pieces and a memoir. His more recent work includes The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) and a retelling of Aesop’s Fables (2019).  He has contributed extensively to a wide variety of publications including  Critical Quarterly, The Dublin Review, Fiction Magazine, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Independent. His most recent work, Tales We Tell Ourselves: A Selection From ‘The Decameron’forms the subject of his own interview with Dermot Bolger. About Anne GoudsmitAnne Goudsmit was born in Co. Fermanagh. She left Ireland to study at Sussex University and at the Sorbonne before moving to London. Her early career was in Finance, when she worked at Citibank and subsequently at ITV.Anne wrote her PhD thesis on Northern Irish fiction at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, where she was a visiting lecturer.She launched the monthly Book Club at the Irish Cultural Centre in 2017 and is a member of the Irish Literary Society.
Mar 28 2021
55 mins
John Banville In Conversation with Carlo Gébler - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #10
The ICC Digital Literary Festival features some of the stalwarts of Irish literature alongside recent bestselling authors.This interview features author John Banville in conversation with Carlo Gébler.About John BanvilleJohn Banville is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of 17 novels, including The Sea which won the 2005 Man Booker prize and The Book of Evidence which was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1989.  Other major achievements include The Franz Kafka prize, The Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature and The Prince of Asturias Award, Spain’s most coveted literary prize. John has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 2007 and in 2017 Italy made him a Cavaliere of the Ordine della Stella d’Italie. He also writes under the pen name Benjamin Black. John will discuss his novel Snow which was published earlier this year.About Carlo GéblerCarlo is the author of nearly 30 works including novels, plays, short stories, children’s fiction, travel writing, historical pieces and a memoir. His more recent work includes The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) and a retelling of Aesop’s Fables (2019).  He has contributed extensively to a wide variety of publications including  Critical Quarterly, The Dublin Review, Fiction Magazine, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Independent.You can also listen to Carlo interviewing Roddy Doyle, Sinéad Gleeson, Colum McCann in other episodes. Carlo's most recent work, Tales We Tell Ourselves: A Selection From ‘The Decameron’ forms the subject of his interview with Dermot Bolger.
Mar 26 2021
54 mins
Michelle Gallen in conversation with Keith Hopper - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #9Carlo Gébler In Conversation with Dermot Bolger - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #8
The ICC Digital Literary Festival features some of the stalwarts of Irish literature alongside recent bestselling authors.This interview features author Carlo Gébler in conversation with Dermot Bolger.About Carlo GéblerCarlo is the author of nearly 30 works including novels, plays, short stories, children’s fiction, travel writing, historical pieces and a memoir. His more recent work includes The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) and a retelling of Aesop’s Fables (2019).  He has contributed extensively to a wide variety of publications including  Critical Quarterly, The Dublin Review, Fiction Magazine, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Independent. Carlo's most recent work, Tales We Tell Ourselves: A Selection From ‘The Decameron’ forms the subject of this interview with Dermot Bolger. In his broadcasting role he is also conducting some of the Digital Literary Festival interviews. Check out our other episodes to hear him interviewing Roddy Doyle, Sinéad Gleeson, Column McCann and John Banville. About Dermot BolgerDermot is a journalist, editor, publisher, and one of Ireland’s best known and most prolific authors.  He has written 14 novels, 17 plays and 10 collections of poetry.  His work has attracted many awards, including the AE Memorial Prize and the Macaulay Fellowship. His play, Lament for Arthur Cleary, won both the Samuel Beckett Award and the BBC Stewart Parker Award. Dermot established Raven Arts Press in 1977 which was acknowledged to be one of Ireland’s innovative publishing houses.  He subsequently helped co-found New Island Books, which is now one of Ireland’s leading publishers. His most recent work, Secrets Never Told, is his first collection of short stories, one of which, Supermarket Flowers was shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020. Listen to Dermot Bolger in conversation with Anne Flaherty here.
Mar 12 2021
57 mins
Liz Nugent In Conversation with Anne Flaherty - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #7Colum McCann in conversation with Carlo Gébler - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #6Dermot Bolger in conversation with Anne Flaherty - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #5Sinéad Gleeson in conversation with Carlo Gébler - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #4Donal Ryan in conversation with Keith Hopper - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #3Emma Donoghue in conversation with Anne Flaherty - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #2Roddy Doyle in conversation with Carlo Gébler - The ICC Digital Literary Festival Episode #1

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