DUBLIN: CITY OF WORDS WITH PROF CHRIS MORASH
Dublin: City of Words
THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 6.30PM
We are delighted to announce our first annual Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Lecture presented by Prof. Chris Morash will trace a series of routes through the streets of the city, opening up some of the ways in which literature transforms our experiences of the city in which we live. The lecture will be delivered in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring.
There are cities like Sao Paulo or Beijing that impress themselves upon you by their sheer scale; there are cities that impress themselves upon you by their iconic monumentality, such as Paris or New York; and then there are cities of hidden stories, cities that only unveil themselves to you gradually as you read your way through their streets. Dublin is such a city: a city of words. There are few cities in the world whose streets are so rich with the traces of its writers. Hovering over it all is what is arguably the greatest city novel of them all, James Joyce’s Ulysses, of which he famously claimed that if Dublin were ever destroyed, it could be rebuilt from the pages of his book. However, Ulysses is only part of an even more densely woven fabric, extending back to Swift and the writers of the eighteenth, through the poet Thomas Kinsella’s delicate weavings of memories and streetscapes, to writers such as Benjamin Black, whose Quirke crime novels evoke a dark Dublin of the 1950s, and forward to the chroniclers of the diverse and complex city into which Dublin has grown, contemporary writers like Anne Enright, Paul Murray or Tanya French. This first annual UNESCO City of Literature Lecture will trace a series of routes through the streets of the city, opening up some of the ways in which literature transforms our experiences of the city in which we live. The UNESCO City of Literature Lecture will be delivered annually by the holder of the Seamus Heaney Professorship of Irish Writing, TCD, and future lectures will open up some of the byways and hidden alleys of Dublin as a city of words.
Prof. Chris Morash is Vice-Provost of Trinity College Dublin, where he is also the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing. His many publications in the field of Irish writing go back to his ground-breaking study of Irish Famine literature, Writing the Irish Famine (Oxford, 1996). He is perhaps best known for his work on Irish theatre, including the standard history, A History of the Theatre in Ireland, 1601-2000 (Cambridge, 2002). Mapping Irish Theatre [with Shaun Richards], (Cambridge, 2014), and the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre [co-edited with Nicholas Grene], (Oxford, 2016). He has also published widely on other aspects of Irish culture, ranging from Yeats’ theatre to theories of space. He is a former Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.