Details of Sixth International John McGahern Seminar

NUI Galway and Leitrim County Council have announced that the sixth International John McGahern Seminar, commemorating the work of the renowned Irish writer, will take place from 24-26 May.

NUI Galway and Leitrim County Council have announced that the sixth International John McGahern Seminar, commemorating the work of the renowned Irish writer, will take place from 24-26 May.

The literary, historical and environmental aspects of McGahern’s work will be the focus this year with the keynote lecture by Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin and a regular broadcaster on RTÉ.

The Chinese-American writer, Yiyun Li, winner of the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award in 2005, will talk about McGahern’s work and read from her own work.

Other speakers include Professor Joe Cleary of NUI Maynooth and Yale University, Professor Eamonn Wall of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and author and former Irish Times journalist, Paddy Woodworth.

There will also be visits, guided by local historian Dr Frank Brennan, to places around Aughawillan, Ballinamore and Mohill important to McGahern’s life and works, and also a boat trip to Cootehall in Co Roscommon where writers and readers groups from the region will give public readings from McGahern’s autobiography, Memoir. The archaeologist Chris Read will follow his talk about the landscape around Fenagh, where McGahern lived, with a field trip to a number of significant archaeological sites in South Leitrim.

NUI Galway is providing five Scholarships to assist students to attend the Seminar and visit the McGahern Archive, at the University in the James Hardiman Library. Scholarships are valued at €500 each. Apply directly to the Academic Director, Dr John Kenny, at john.kenny@nuigalway.ie.

For further details on events and to book for the 2012 International John McGahern Seminar contact Christine at 071 9621694, email arts@leitrimcoco.ie or visit www.leitrimarts.ie