Author Archives: Lia Mills

Open Call: Common Currency Writer in Residence

Delivered in partnership with Cúirt International Literature Festival, English PEN and Irish PEN/ PEN na hÉireann supported by the British Council.

Edna O’Brien’s TSL Eliot Lecture (Abbey Theatre) 15th December 2020

To celebrate Edna O’Brien’s 90th Birthday, she will give this year’s TSL Eliot Lecture at the Abbey Theatre.

The fifth in a series of lectures inspired by T. S. Eliot’s impact on modern literature. The 2020 T. S. Eliot lecture, on Eliot and Joyce, is delivered by Edna O’Brien and premiered from the Irish Embassy in London on her 90th birthday, 15th December. Running Order: Introduction by Adrian O’Neill, Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Sinéad Cusack performs Eliot’s ‘Rhapsody on a Windy Night’ Edna O’Brien lecture Post-event interview with Edna O’Brien and Andrew O’Hagan The lecture premieres at 7.30pm on 15th December and will be available to watch until 15th January 2021. Note: This lecture was edited for broadcast. A full transcript of the lecture will be available in a print version in the New Year.

This lecture will be available online for a limited time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN-LP0cEs_o

Edna O’Brien received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2001.

Coming Soon: Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann

MISSION STATEMENT

The aims of Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann are: to promote literature in and about Ireland both nationally and internationally; to defend worldwide the right of writers to responsible freedom of expression as defined in the PEN Charter; and to foster international understanding through the appreciation of literature.

In 2019, the Freedom to Write Campaign was asked to take over running Irish PEN by the outgoing committee. We agreed to set up a steering committee to set up a new organization, Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann, with new structures but still adhering to the principles of PEN International and the PEN Charter, on which the Freedom to Write Campaign was based.

Over the intervening months we have set up a Company Limited by Guarantee, a prerequisite for applying for Charitable Status. We have continued to be active in support of writers who are at risk or in prison because of their writing and we have fostered links with other writers’ associations in Ireland such as the Irish Writers’ Union, Aontas na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge and the Letters With Wings project. We are also in close and continuing contact with our colleagues in PEN Centres in England, Scotland and Wales.  A Newsletter will go out to current Members in November with more details.

The new Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann will be launched at an online Zoom event to mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Sunday, 15th November at 7:00 pm (details tbc)