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London Irish Women’s Centre – photograph by Joanne O’Brien

In autumn-winter 2011, the ‘Women and Exile in Irish Literature and Culture’ lifelong learning reading group met for three hours a week over ten weeks at the London Irish Women’s Centre to explore how the experience of Irish women emigrants is represented in the work of a range of twentieth-century Irish writers. It involved discussion of novels, short stories, and poems by writers such as Edna O’Brien, Eavan Boland, Emma Donoghue, Moy McCrory, Anna May Mangan, James Joyce, George Moore, Liam O’Flaherty, William Trevor, and Colm Tóibín. The series was led by Ellen McWilliams (Bath Spa University) and featured guest visits from authors and academics, who have written about the Irish community in England, and the experience of growing up Irish in England.

The ‘Women and Exile in Irish Literature and Culture’ Reading Group was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supported by the London Irish Women’s Centre.

With thanks to photographer Joanne O’Brien – www.joanneobrien.co.uk – for permission to reproduce her work.

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