Voices From the Past

DBF-2019-EventImages-600x900.inddWith Louise Kennedy, Leeann Lane, Eoin O’Brien

Friday 15 November

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Winter Garden, Smock Alley Theatre

Free entry, Booking advised


Enjoy readings in the Winter Garden of work from three remarkable writers who were overlooked in their own time. Eoin O’Brien will present poems by Ethna MacCarthy (The Lilliput Press), Louise Kennedy will introduce Norah Hoult’s Farewell Happy Fields (New Island) and Leeann Lane will read from her biography of Dorothy Macardle (UCD Press). These three recovered voices, collected here for one special event, until recently had not been noted in the arena of Irish writing. There will be a short discussion afterwards between the readers.



Louise Kennedy is a PhD candidate at Queens University Belfast where she is completing a thesis is entitled ‘Journey Out of Print: The Life and Writing of Norah Hoult (1898-1984)’. Louise’s own writing has won prizes and been published in journals such as The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine ans Banshee. She is short-listed for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019. 

Leeann Lane is a lecturer in the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University. She is author of Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular (UCD Press 2010). She is a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenaries appointed by the government in 2012.   

Eoin O’Brien is an acknowledged authority on cardiovascular medicine. He has also published widely on Irish writing and medical history, including his innovative study of Samuel Beckett, The Beckett Country (1986), and The Weight of Compassion & Other Essays (2012).