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Voice of Ireland

Sebastian Barry, Kevin Barry and Sinéad Morrissey Chaired by Boyd Tonkin

Sunday, 29 March 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

Multi-award-winning Irish novelists Sebastian Barry and Kevin Barry and leading Irish poet and winner of the T S Eliot Prize Sinéad Morrissey talk about their works and about contemporary Irish literature. What is the Irish voice in literature and poetry and where does it come from? The close-knit communities, the landscape, politics, music, religion? How has Irish history influenced its poetry and prose?

Sebastian Barry’s latest novel A Thousand Moons is about memory and identity and is set in Paris, Tennesse, in the aftermath of the American Civil War, where the community is still riven by the legacy of the war. Sebastian Barry won his second Costa book of the year award with his last novel Days Without End. He has also twice been shortlisted for the Booker award.

Kevin Barry’s latest novel Night Boat to Tangier is a tragicomic novel about sex, death, narcotics, sudden violence and old magic and about the mysteries of love. He is also author of the novels Beatlebone and City of Bohane. Barry is a winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award.

Morrisey is a Northern Irish poet who won the T S Eliot prize for her fifth collection, Parallax. Her most recent and sixth collection, On Balance, won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection. The collection is set against ecological and economic instability and looks back at some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal states of balance and imbalance that have shaped our history. It also addresses gender inequality and our inharmonious relationship with the natural world. Morrissey is director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University.

The session is chaired by writer and critic Boyd Tonkin, who writes on arts and books for the Financial Times, the Economist and Spectator, and is special adviser to the Booker International Prize (which he chaired in 2016).

This event is part of the festival’s programme of Irish literature and culture.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming