Deirdre F. Brady

“A wild Field to a Later Generation”: The Irish Women Writers’ Club and their international networks

Dr Deirdre F. Brady’s research interests include Irish women writers of the twentieth century, their literary networks, political campaigns, creative lives, and feminist publishing enterprises. Her recent monograph entitled Literary Coteries and the Irish Women Writers’
(1933-1958), published by the Liverpool University Press (2021) explores the dynamic coterie culture at the heart of the mid twentieth century, the networks and connections, nationally and internationally, of the members of the Women Writers’ Club and their relationship with Irish PEN. She is published in international journals such as The New Hibernia Review, Estudios Irlandeses, Irish Migration Studies in Latin America and Bibliologica, and has published the first account of the Gayfield Press on the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP). Dr Brady has contributed to the film Ghosts of Baggotonia. produced by Yellow Asylum Films and has been published regularly in The Irish Times. She has recently taken up a lecturing position in MIC, U.L, (Limerick & Thurles).

Joe Cleary

Stormy Weather:  Irish Culture in the 1930s in International Perspective

Joe Cleary is Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of Modernism, Empire, World Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2021), The Irish Expatriate Novel in Late Capitalist Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Outrageous Fortune: Capital and Culture in Modern Ireland (Field Day Publications, 2007) and Literature, Partition and the Nation-State: Culture and Conflict in Ireland, Israel and Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism (2014) and The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture (2005). In addition, he has edited or co-edited three special issues on Ireland and Empire, peripheral realisms, and contemporary Irish culture and politics (in Éire-Ireland in 2007; Modern Language Quarterly in 2012, and Boundary 2 in 2018). His articles have appeared in Irish, English and American journals and he is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Common Ruin: The Ends of Capitalism and the Crisis of the Novel.”

Eibhear Walshe

“Catching on to Europe”. Kate O’Brien, and the Spanish Civil War

Eibhear Walshe lectures in the School of English at University College Cork and is Director of Creative Writing. He has published in the area of memoir, literary criticism and biography, and his books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life, (2006), Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde and Ireland, (2012), and A Different Story: the Writings of Colm Toibin, (2013). His childhood memoir, Cissie’s Abattoir, (2009) was broadcast on RTE’s ‘Book on One’. His novel, The Diary of Mary Travers, (2014), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award in 2015 and longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. He was associate editor, with Catherine Marshall, of Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, (2016), edited by Fintan O’Toole and shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award. His other novels include  The Trumpet Shall Sound. ( 2019 ) And The Last Day at Bowen’s Court ( 2020) and he has just completed a biography of Jane Wilde.