Gerry Smyth of LJMU English has organised a number of events as part of the public engagement activities associated with the English programme’s Marginal Irish Modernisms Research Network. These events (which are running under the joint auspices of the Liverpool Irish Festival) are free to attend, although the film premiere and the Bluecoat concert require pre-booking.


Lost Irish Books of the Modernist Era (Liverpool Central Library, Friday 16 October, 3.00-4.30)

Three leading academics introduce rare books of Irish interest from the library’s extensive holdings.


Nora & Jim (Joe H. Makin Theatre, Pilgrim Street, Saturday 17 October, 7.00 – 9.00)

A new play based on an episode in the lives of James Joyce and his partner Nora Barnacle, followed by a Q&A with the writer, director and cast.


Experimenting with Time: J.W. Dunne and Irish Modernism (Room 1.21, John Foster Building, Monday 19 October, 5.30-7.00)

Professor Keith Hopper (Oxford) introduces the gloriously eccentric J.W. Dunne (1875-1949), an Irish aeronautical engineer who wrote a series of books on parapsychology and precognition, and who served as the model for the character of de Selby in Flann O’Brien’s cult novel The Third Policeman.


James Joyce: Musician and Poet! (Bluecoat Arts Centre, Tuesday 20 October, 7.30-9.00)

Dr Gerry Smyth discusses the musical imagination of one of Ireland’s foremost prose writers. This show will feature selected performances from a new version of Joyce’s Chamber Music (1907).


The Brother (Frederik’s, Hope Street, Sunday 25 October, 6.00-8.00)

The world premiere of a film version of the successful stage play based on the work of cult Irish writer Flann O’Brien.

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