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Irish Literature: From Plunkett to Rooney - Remote Course

NB. 2021 SUMMER RECESS - JUL 31 to AUG 22
There will be no classes during this period

This carefully structured course is a general introduction to critically reading some of Ireland's best known literature in the context of a progressing Ireland.

We will begin in the 20th century with short stories by James Plunkett, Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds and Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls. We take in John Banville's The Book of Evidence and then move to contemporary literature through Mike McCormack's Solar Bones, Claire-Louise Bennett's Pond, Sara Baume's Spill Simmer Falter Wither and Sally Rooney's Normal People.

By the end of the course, participants will have read and discussed a number of Ireland's authors and critically analysed their themes. Irish Literature is an exciting and highly enjoyable new course, which would be ideal for the literary enthusiast or anyone preparing to study English at third level. Limited places.

About the facilitator
Dr Martin Keaveney has been facilitating creative writing courses at Galway Arts Centre since 2018. He also lectures on Irish Literature at NUIG's Autumn Series. His debut novel, Delia Meade, was published in 2020 by Penniless Press, UK.  His debut collection of stories, The Rainy Day, was published by Penniless Press in 2018. Short fiction has been published in many literary journals in Ireland, UK and US. He has also written for the screen and his writing has been produced and exhibited at many international film festivals and on broadcast television. His scholarship has been published widely, including at the peer-reviewed journals New Hibernia ReviewEstudios Irlandeses and the Journal of Franco-Irish Studies. He has a B.A. in English and Italian, an M.A in English (Writing) and a Ph.D. from NUIG (Creative Writing and Textual Studies). He was awarded the Sparanacht Ui Eithir for his research in 2016 and the NUIG Write-Up Bursary in 2018. See more at www.martinkeaveney.com

'Excellent support from tutor'
'Enormously helpful and generous writer's workshop'
'[Martin] takes a genuine interest in his students'
'An engaging speaker who listens and answers questions in a useful way'
'[Martin's] guidance is excellent'
'Very enjoyable and engaging'
'I looked forward to the class every week, each week I became more and more inspired to go home and work on my projects' [Evening Course]
'Thoroughly enjoyed the day' [One Day Course]

See more at www.martinkeaveney.com/testimonials

Remote attendance options
INTERACTIVE – attend interactive Video Conference discussion (Zoom) 6.30 – 7.45 weekly & receive material by email including video of a recorded lecture each week

EMAIL – receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week

PHONE – phone in to hear interactive class and receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week

POST – receive material by email with a podcast on USB key of a prerecorded lecture each week

FLEXI – meet tutor remotely for 30 minute discussion weekly at mutual time and receive all course material by email

The course will be presented by Dr Martin Keaveney (John McGahern scholar)
See www.martinkeaveney.com/testimonials 

Combinations of the above available at no extra cost, please enquire. All remote courses cost the same

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Course Times & Information

Start Date Thu 15th Jul 2021 - 6:30 pm
End Date Thu 23rd Sep 2021 - 7:45 pm
Capacity 15
Cut off date 15-07-2021
Price per person €100.00

Contact Galway Arts Centre

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