Join us for a special Culture Night episode of Shelfmarks, a podcast series looking at Irish nature writing from our podcaster-in-residence Zoë Comyns. In this Culture Night video special to start the series Zoë explores nature writing as it was when the Royal Irish Academy opened in 1785 to now, and how its focus has changed over the centuries. We’re going to hear a little history about some of the texts in the RIA, about some of the naturalists and members who have been part of the Academy but also get a sense of the arc of writing about the natural world. We’ll also hear how the landscape and wildlife of Ireland itself has changed over the centuries.
Lucy Collins (co-ed The Irish Poet and the Natural World)
Conor W. O’Brien (Ireland Through Birds, Life in Ireland)
and Booker longlisted writer Niall Williams (Four Letters of Love, A History of Rain, This is Happiness) and Christiine Breen (Her Name Is Rose) who have co-authored a memoir about their garden, illness and the natural world – In Kiltumper.
Readings by Derbhle Crrotty and Declan Brennan.
This project is funded by the Arts Council Literature Project Award.
About the podcast
Each week Zoë will sift through the Academy collection for Shelfmarks (biographies, manuscripts, books and reference from the collection) and invite a weekly guest writer to discuss their own relationship with the natural world. Writers include Amanda Bell, Kerri Ní Dhochartaigh, Manchán Magan, Siobhán Mannion, Jane Clarke and Neil Hegarty. Each writer has been specially commissioned to write pieces exploring their own relationship with nature. From the walks and works of R.L. Praeger to the dragonflies collected by Cynthia Longfield or birds by ornithologist RM Barrington, each week will give listeners a sense of the people who have passed through the academy and how their work and the natural world still inspires writers today.
About the podcaster
Zoë Comyns is a multi award-winning independent radio producer and works across drama, essay, fiction and factual features. Her programmes have broadcast on RTÉ (Radio 1, Lyric Fm & R1 Extra), Newstalk, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. She presents and produces Keywords, the short writing programme for RTÉ Radio. She won the John McGahern Award for Literature 2019 for emerging writers and radio awards including the New York Festivals, AIB, IMRO, PPI and Åke Blomstrom.
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Genres: Heritage / Literature / Live Radio / Talk / Visual Art
Address: 19 Dawson Street, Dublin, Dublin D02 HH58, Ireland
Phone: 01 638 0918
No Booking Required
The Royal Irish Academy invites you on a virtual visit to their 18th century Academy House. Find out about the history of one of the oldest institutions in the country, dedicated to supporting Irish academic research into history, language, and heritage. Explore the building it has called home for almost 170 years. Delve into the online exhibition ‘The Cathach of Colum Cille: The story of an ancient Irish manuscript and much more. Learn about the work of its publishing house, its curated Library of many significant manuscripts, and research projects through online exhibitions, talks, and tours. This Culture Night, visit the Academy’s website and click for culture!
Time: Any Timepm - Any Timepm
Genres: Heritage / Language / Literature / Talk / Tour
Features: Family friendly
Phone: 01 609 0600
No Booking Required
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