Events Organised

  Crossroads:  Talks on Irish History, Literature and Culture

Pat Murphy and I organised this series of Irish Studies talks, held at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham in Jan-Feb-March 2014. See www.nottinghamisg.org.uk for more details.

Click on ‘What’s Next’ button at the top of this page for other forthcoming events.
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Where it began…

The freelance side of my career began in earnest when I organised two Changing Ireland festivals for Nottingham Irish Studies Group (NISG), one in 2003 and one in 2004.


These were one-day festivals of Irish culture, with invited speakers and performers. They were supported by Nottinghamshire County Council Literature Development and Awards For All.

Workshop at Changing Ireland

In 2005, I co-organised (with Pat Murphy) an Irish Studies day on Irish identity called Insiders/Outsiders?

I organised many other readings, launches, workshops and festival events while I was Nottingham City Literature Development Officer, 2004-07.

I’ve co-ordinated Irish literature events as part of Nottingham’s Patrick’s Day Festival since 2004.

In September 2009, I co-organised an Irish Studies conference at Loughborough University, with Catherine Rees. The event was photographed by Douglas MacDonald for The Irish World:

Irish Studies Conference

Lá Gaeilge
On 29 Sept 2012, Pat Murphy and I co-organised an Irish language day at Nottingham Irish Centre. Christy Evans from Coláiste na nGael took the more advanced Irish speakers for classes and Pat and I took the beginners and improvers. We watched some Irish films, and Gone to the Dogs played Irish traditional music in the evening. Bhí an-lá againn / we had a great day – and evening.

Tales of the Tiger
I organised this Irish Studies day, which was sponsored by and held at the Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University, on Sat 17 Nov 2012. Programme can be found here. The feedback was very good, and we hope to collaborate with the department at future Irish Studies events.

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