What’s on in November and January: A Course, Symposium, Commemoration, and Irish language and music summer schools

12 November 22: Ulysses for everyone – a guided tour

This interactive course, a mix of presentation and discussion of text, assumes no prior knowledge of Ulysses, although having read the five chapters we recommend (1, 4, 6, 13, 18, or as many as you can manage), will certainly help to make the day a richer reading experience for you. Spending the day with us will help get you over the obstacles to reading, to put Joyce in a rich literary and historical context, and make clearer his innovations as a writer and thinker.

At Bloomsday in Melbourne, we’re firmly of the view that Ulysses is potentially for every kind of reader and that most readers need only minor assistance over the obstacles it represents. And also that it is a treasury for life, to be enjoyed almost as a different text as one is exposed to life’s exigencies. We’d love to welcome you to an ever-expanding community of readers of Ulysses. It may have turned 100 years old on back on 2 Feb. 2022, but it is still very much our contemporary and still unfolding for those who love it.

This intensive introductory course is a fundraiser for Bloomsdaym with every cent going to creative personnel for Bloomsday 2023.

When: 10am-4.30pm Saturday 12th November 2022
Where: Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton
Cost: $90
To book: https://events.humanitix.com/introduction-to-ulysses

Presented by Associate Professor Frances Devlin-Glass (Ph.D., ANU), Director of Bloomsday in Melbourne
and Dr Steve Carey Ph.D.

Public Lecture and Symposium on Transnational Ireland

Christopher Morash Lecture: Ghosts of Catholic Ireland  24 November 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Public Lecture by Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne

Location: Brown Theatre Electric Engineering Building, University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC 3010

In 1925 a group of Irish-Americans wrote to the Irish government, proposing the construction of a giant transmitter in the shape of a harp on the Hill of Tara, in Ireland, with each of its five towers tuned to a different continent, broadcasting a continuous flow of Catholic content. This image can stand for a dominant imagining of Ireland for much of the twentieth century: as a bastion of Catholic belief and teaching in a secularising world.

In the past thirty years, however, that image has imploded, and the role of the Catholic Church in almost every aspect of Irish life has receded, to the point at which we can now speak of a post-Catholic Ireland. It has been well established that almost every Irish writer of the twentieth century registered, (if only in opposition), the earlier dominance of the Church in Irish life, with Joyce providing perhaps the most famous instance.

But what of Irish writers of the current century? This lecture will look at some of the ways in which the ghosts of Catholic Ireland continue to haunt Irish writing, asking if, in some cases, those ghosts might now even be benign, and capable of being turned to creative uses.

Professor Chris Morash FTCD, MRIA is Visiting MacGeorge Fellow, University of Melbourne. He hold the Seamus Heaney Chair of Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin. His. Dublin: City of Literature is scheduled for publication by Cambridge early in 2023, the first in a ‘Cities of Literature’ series of which he is general editor. Other books include Writing the Irish Famine (Oxford, 1995), A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000 (Cambridge, 2001), A History of the Media in Ireland (Cambridge, 2009), Mapping Irish Theatre [with Shaun Richards] (Cambridge, 2013) and Yeats on Theatre (Cambridge, 2021. He contributed to the Irish entry at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2021, and was invited to curate a series of plays, entitled Unseen Plays, for the Abbey Theatre (also 2021). He chairs the judging panel for the International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s richest prize for a single novel in English.

Is an Eventbrite booking event, but free.

24-25 November: Symposium: Rethinking Transnational Ireland


Re-thinking Transnational Ireland

9am-6pm, 25 November 2022

William MacMahon Ball Theatre

The node of multi-disciplinary activities known as ‘Irish studies’ has been transformed over the last generation and not just by the social and cultural revolution that has taken place in Ireland itself over the last 30 years. Any contemporary scholarly reckoning with the state of the field needs to engage with the so-called ‘transnational turn’ in historical studies, with the rise of global frames for understanding national culture (as in ‘world literature’), with the sheer size, cultural impact and diffuse nature of the Irish diaspora, with the impact of new technologies on the sorts of questions that can be asked and answered. This symposium will take stock and reflect on how a field of study with a national identifier might think beyond the nation, with an emphasis on the Australasian and Pacific regions

9-9.05am: Welcome and Opening

Ronan McDonald, Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies, University of Melbourne

9.05-10.30am  Katherine Bode, Ronan McDonald, Maggie Nolan, ‘Close Relations: Irishness in Australian Literature’

10.30-11am BREAK

11-11.30am Jeremy George, ‘Between the Colony and the World: Nationalism, Modernism and the Settler Revolution’ 

11.30-12.00pm Jimmy Wintermute, ‘Renegotiating Histories of Transnational Activism, Ireland and New World Settler-Colonialism’

12.00-12.30pm Maebh Long, ‘Pacific and Irish Connections’ (TBC)

12.30-1.15pm: LUNCH 

1.15-2.15 pm Malcolm Campbell, ‘Global San Francisco and the Irish of the New Pacific’ (Keynote Address)

2.15-2.30 BREAK

3.00-3.30pm: Matthew Ryan, ‘Time after national time’

2.30-3.00pm: Chris Murray, ‘Faustian Meditations: W.B. Yeats, C.G. Jung, and Transnational Discourses of Self-Cultivation’

3.30-4.00pm Val Noone, Studies of the Irish Famine, Melbourne, 1995-1997: Christopher Morash, Chris Watson, Patrick O’Farrell and others

4.00-4.15pm BREAK

4.15-5.15pm Chris Morash, ‘Entangled: Ireland and the Spaces of Data’ (Keynote Address)

5.15pm-6.00pm Roundtable – New Directions for Irish Studies

Registration open now:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/symposium-rethinking-transnational-ireland-tickets-463991128957

More Information and Abstracts of Papers: https://isaanz.org/2022/10/22/rethinking-transnational-ireland/

27 November 22: Famine Orphan Commemoration at the Rock


WHEN:                 SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2022 – 2PM-4PM


2-7 January 2023 Lake School in Koroit

Join the Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance in Koroit VIC January 2-7 2023. You can learn fiddle, whistle, bodhran (irish drum), harp, concertina , guitar, ukulele to mention but a few of over 100 classes, workshops, sessions, dances and concerts. Extensive program for Kids and Youth as well. You can view the program and book tickets on www.trybooking.com/CAHRP For all enquires email Felix on felix@bushwahzee.com Pictured is The Lake School photo from January 2022

Irish Language Summer School January 7-14, 2023

A week of Craic, Ceol, Damhsa, agus Ranganna Gaeilge!

A holiday close to home January 7-14, 2023. A week of Irish language classes and cultural activities at Bungendore, 40 minutes north of Canberra, for all levels, from beginners to fluent speakers. Cost $195.

Scoil Samhraidh 2023 will commence from 12pm on Saturday 7th January.

Registration will take place in The Hall at St Mary’s
Catholic Church, 28 Turallo Terrace.

Irish language classes will be held each day from Sunday to Friday in various locations around the village including: St Mary’s Catholic Hall; St Mary’s Catholic Church; Bungendore School of Arts 10 Sparrow Close.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided each

Children are welcome, if they have an adult to
supervise them.

The last session each afternoon will be an elective of choice such as tin whistle; bodhrán; dancing etc.

Evening activities will be held in The Hall at St Mary’s Catholic Church with the last night of
entertainment at a larger venue.

Those who wish to kick on into the night can gather at the Carrington, where folk music
sessions will provide some relaxation from a busy day.

Bungendore is a small village. We are spoilt for choice with cafés and restaurants with breakfast, lunch or dinner
available, as well as a SUPA IGA for those who wish to prepare their own food, or breakfast in
their room before attending classes.

Special discounted accommodation has been reserved for the language school at the Carrington Inn: $1050 single person, single room; $577.50 per person sharing. For further information and booking, contact

Eagarthóirí/ Organisors : John & Mary-Anne Curran

Ríomhphoist : (email) : blackbord29@gmail.com

Fón : (Phone) : 0402 789 636