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I Wouldn’t Start from Here: the Second Generation Irish in Britain

Thursday, 20th June, 2019    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Editors Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath McKay will be reading from their book of essays, fiction and poetry by second generation Irish writers in Britain , whose contributors attempt to capture the diverse experience of a group of people largely rendered invisible.

The sections touch upon what it is to be authentic, what’s new about the experience of ‘diaspora’, what evolves and what changes. Many of the contributors acknowledge that anti-Irish racism has been part of their lives and the work reflects the tensions of not belonging but of ploughing on.

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Ray French is the author of two novels, All That is Mine and Going Under and the joint editor of End Notes: ten stories about loss, mourning and commemoration.

Moy McCrory writes academically about identity and class. Her own fiction has been translated into fifteen languages and she was included in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.

Kath McKay has published two novels, three poetry collections and short stories, some of which have been broadcast on Radio 4. Like Ray French, she teaches at the University of Hull.

In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group

Tickets: £3.00 on the door, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk