The wide-ranging consequences of the 1922 partition of Ireland, 100 years on, are no less relevant now than then; with discussions of Brexit and the Northern Irish Protocol dominating the news, thinking about Irish culture and politics is more important than ever. Irish writers, from both sides of the border, have always had to write against a consideration of what it means to be, or identify as, Irish – with questions of national identity intersecting with debates around language, class and religion.
In this day school we will discuss a range of works by contemporary Irish writers (poets, novelists, short story writers and playwrights) to see how the events of the last 100 years have shaped, and continue to shape, Irish literature. Each genre has its special place in the debate, while several writers have seen their works adapted for television or have also written for film. The writers discussed will include, but not be limited to: Marina Carr, Seamus Heaney, Claire Keegan, Martin McDonagh, Frank McGuinness, Bernard McLaverty, Sally Rooney, Colm Tóibín and William Trevor.