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London Irish Cultural Centre announces Digital Literary Festival

The Irish Cultural Centre announces the ICC Digital Literary Festival, launching their 25th anniversary celebrations.

The Irish Cultural Centre (ICC), London is pleased to announce the upcoming Digital Literary Festival – a celebration of contemporary Irish writing, which will form the centrepiece of its autumn cultural programme. The festival will showcase some of the stalwarts of Irish literature, the writers behind many prize-winning works, alongside more recent bestselling authors.

The ICC Digital Literary Festival will begin on Sunday, 15th November and will run for five weeks.

Festival transmission dates

  • Sun  15/11 – Roddy Doyle In Conversation with Carlo Gébler
  • Wed 18/11 – Emma Donoghue In Conversation with Anne Flaherty
  • Sun 22/11 – Donal Ryan In Conversation with Keith Hopper
  • Wed 25/11 – Sinéad Gleeson In Conversation with Carlo Gébler
  • Sun 29/11 – Dermot Bolger In Conversation with Anne Flaherty
  • Wed 02/12 – Colum McCann In Conversation with Carlo Gébler
  • Sun 06/12 – Liz Nugent In Conversation with Anne Flaherty
  • Wed 09/12 – Carlo Gébler In Conversation with Dermot Bolger
  • Sun 13/12 – Michelle Gallen In Conversation with Keith Hopper
  • Wed 16/12 – John Banville In Conversation with Carlo Gébler
  • Sun 20/12 – Final Panel Discussion with Interviewers

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.’

The ICC Digital Literary Festival will be available to view online here: www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk/literaryfestival2020 

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.