Joyce to Beckett: Ireland & Modernism

A symposium at Magdalene College, Cambridge, in association with the Cambridge Group for Irish Studies. The distinguished line-up of speakers includes many of the leading figures in Irish studies across several generations, as well as creative writers and actors. While the main focus will be on the two greatest Irish modernist writers, Joyce and Beckett, contributors will also consider other modern Irish writers and the appropriateness or otherwise of “modernism” as a category in poetry, fiction, drama and the visual arts.

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The Hamish Canham (Applied) Prize – Free Prizegiving Presentation and Discussion

The free public event will take place in the 5th floor lecture theatre of The Tavistock Centre, London, on 13 December 2017. This year’s winner is Maryam Ghasemi, a former student of the Tavistock and Portman’s ‘Psychoanalytic Studies’ masters course. Her paper is titled, ‘Rockaby: Eros and Thanatos’, and is a psychoanalytic reading of the short play by Samuel Beckett.

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CFP: Samuel Beckett Working Group 2018

The conference theme of Theatre and Migration is intrinsically linked to questions of mobility and access, as it evokes various performances of borders. As a writer who moved from Ireland to France and wrote in multiple languages, Samuel Beckett’s works manifest the quest for transcending borders linguistically, culturally, artistically, philosophically and politically.

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Gare St Lazare Ireland to perform extracts from Beckett’s Watt, First Love, and Other Texts at the Abbey Theatre

In exploring the use of music in Samuel Beckett’s work, Gare St Lazare Ireland have created an entirely original performance that defies easy description.  A meditation, a celebration, an interpretation; Here All Night’s absence of linear narrative frees us to go where the words and music bring us and offers another way to access both Beckett’s world and our own.

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Lisa Dwan to read from Beckett’s ‘Foirades/Fizzles’

Royal Academy of the Arts: “To coincide with our landmark exhibition, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, Lisa Dwan reads from Foirades/Fizzles, a stunning publication that juxtaposed Jasper Johns’ vibrant, energetic etchings with a series of Samuel Beckett’s short prose pieces, both in their original French and translated into English. They have been the subject of notable scholarly works and the collection is now considered to be one of the greatest artist’s books of the 20th century, having been exhibited internationally and lauded for its significant impact across the visual arts, literature, music and theatre.”

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International Symposium to be held on Beckett’s How It Is

On 23 February 2018, Gare St Lazare Ireland and Le Centre Culturel Irlandais will host a symposium on Samuel Beckett’s 1961 novel Comment C’est/How It Is. The Symposium will feature a number of international Beckett scholars and artists including Daniela Caselli, Peter O’Neill, Jean Michel Rabaté, Judy Hegarty Lovett, Anna McMullan, Dunlaith Bird, Dan Gunn, Mel Mercier and Pim Verlhurst and the event will conclude with a reading from How It Is by actor Conor Lovett.

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