A remarkable range of writers through the twentieth century and on into the twenty-first have made literary capital out of farming experience. Sometimes looking back to their own farm childhood, or their memories of their parents or grandparents, they have made living on the land a central part of their writing. This talk will look at the different ways that fishing and farming has been represented from the Blasket Island autobiographers, Tomas O’Crohan and Maurice O’Sullivan, through Patrick Kavanagh, John McGahern and Seamus Heaney, to contemporary writers such as Jane Clarke, Claire Keegan and John Connell.
Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Yeats's Poetic Codes (Oxford University Press, 2008), Home on the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2014), The Theatre of Tom Murphy: Playwright Adventurer (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Farming in Modern Irish Literature (Oxford University Press, 2021).
We will also be joined by Jane Clarke, poet and author of two highly acclaimed collections, The River and When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019). Jane will read some of her poems.
Talk will take place online on Zoom.
Admission: Free but Registration is essential through the link below.