Digital Literary Festival

Great Britain - London

Mon 21 – Thur 31 Dec

The Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith’s is proud to showcase their “Digital Literary Festival” as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

A celebration of contemporary Irish writing, which will form the centrepiece of its autumn/winter cultural programme. The festival showcases some of the stalwarts of Irish literature, the writers behind many prize-winning works, alongside more recent bestselling authors.

The ICC Digital Literary Festival began on Sunday, 15th November and is still available to watch online.

The festival line up is as follows:

Roddy Doyle
Emma Donoghue
Donal Ryan
Sinéad Gleeson
Dermot Bolger
Colum McCann
Liz Nugent
Carlo Gébler
Michelle Gallen
John Banville

These ten writers will discuss their recent works, in conversation with the following interviewers: writer and broadcaster Dr Carlo Gébler, writer and publisher Dermot Bolger, London-based journalist Anne Flaherty, and Oxford-based academic Dr Keith Hopper. The events will be streamed as ten individual author events, as well as a final panel discussion that will consider the authors and their works, and reflect on the themes and concerns raised by the interviews.

The ICC Digital Literary Festival will be broadcast on ICC Digital, the highly successful online platform that was created earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The platform enjoys an international audience and has quickly become a global hub for Irish culture and arts. It has also helped the ICC to mark their 25th anniversary year.

Dr Anne Goudsmit, member of the ICC Board, says: ‘We are delighted to welcome this exceptional line-up of successful Irish writers and their interviewers, to help launch our 25th anniversary celebrations. The range and quality of the writing included here is impressive. From discussions about a novel dealing with the Middle East, to another about post-Troubles Northern Ireland, to conversations about literary crime, historical fiction, and three very different collections of short stories, these entertaining, stimulating and thought-provoking interviews reflect the lively and varied quality of contemporary Irish writing.’

All broadcasts will be available to the public free of charge. However, donations will be invited to help support the ICC’s ongoing cultural programme and educational activities.

About the Irish Cultural Centre:

The Irish Cultural Centre is based in Hammersmith, London. It has been the home of Irish culture in the UK for the last 25 years. The ICC became a registered charity in 2013, and in 2017 it opened a new state-of-the-art building. The Centre, which contains its own performance auditorium, delivers cultural events and performances across art forms including music, film, literature and visual arts.

Hosting the very best Irish arts and educational programme outside Ireland, the ICC also plays an active role within the wider community. Celebrating equality, inclusion, and diversity, its programme aims to attract people of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and diverse heritages.

The literary festival will become an annual event in the cultural programme, when The Irish Cultural Centre’s arts building reopens and live performances can resume.



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