Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Weston Lecture Theatre
£7 - £12.50
Biographer and priest Dr Robert Tobin talks about the great Irish essayist and human rights activist Hubert Butler and introduces a film about his life, Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future, directed by Johnny Gogan.
Butler was active in Croatia before and after the Second World War. He smuggled Jewish people into Ireland before the war and exposed the scale of the Nazi-inspired Croatian genocide. His uncovering of the role of the Catholic Church led him to being branded a Communist in his home country.
Butler’s essays are collected in The Eggman and the Fairies. They are reflections on his Irish home and also range across the great issues of the day including neutrality, partition, censorship, religion, and nationalism.
“Hubert Butler is one of the great essayists in the English language, the peer of Hazlitt, Robert Louis Stevenson and George Orwell.” John Banville
Tobin is chaplain and tutor at Oriel College, Oxford, and author of The Minority Voice: Hubert Butler and Southern Irish Protestantism, 1900-1991.
This event lasts 90 minutes.
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