Dublin writers and the art of conversation.
Pearse Street Library: Wednesday 21 February at 6.30pm
The 6th Annual Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Lecture by Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing, TCD
The writer Lady Gregory, reflecting back on her life, once observed that conversations with her friends had enriched her writing, teaching her “swiftness in putting thought into a word, a sentence”; and this has been true for many writers. Hidden beneath many of the great literary works of Dublin’s writers are lost conversations, words that passed through the air before they were formulated into sentences on a page. For some writers, talking was important enough that they organised regular literary salons, opening their houses to one another on a particular night every week, where they gathered to discuss life and literature.
This talk will look at a few of those Dublin literary salons, the writers who frequented them, and their cultivation of the art of conversation.