The Irish Working Class: History, Politics and Literature
Speakers including Dr Heather Laird of UCC and Michael Pierse at QUB will discuss Irish working-class life in history, literature and politics. This will be followed by the Belfast launch of Michael Pierse’s book, ‘A History of Irish Working-Class Writing’ which provides a wide ranging and authoritative chronicle of the writing of Irish working-class experience, charting representations of Irish working-class life from eighteenth-century rhymes and songs to the novels, plays and poetry of working-class experience in contemporary Ireland.
3pm – 4.15 pm – Perspectives on Irish working class life
4.15pm – 5pm – Poet Paula Meehan, former Ireland professor of Poetry – Readings and Conversations
5pm – Dr Michael Pierse, Queens University Belfast – Book Launch of A History of Irish Working Class Writing
(Discounted Rate £30)
Light bites and refreshments will be provided.