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The immigrant in contemporary Irish literature.

This pioneering collection of essays deals with the topic of how Irish literature responds to the presence of non-Irish immigrants in Celtic-Tiger and post-Celtic-Tiger Ireland. The book assembles an international group of 18 leading and prestigious academics in the field of Irish studies from both sides of the Atlantic, including Declan Kiberd, Anne Fogarty and Maureen T. Reddy, amongst others.

Key areas of discussion are: what does it mean to be ‘multicultural’ and what are the implications of this condition for contemporary Irish writers? How has literature in Ireland responded to inward migration? Have Irish writers reflected in their work (either explicitly or implicitly) the existence of migrant communities in Ireland? If so, are elements of Irish traditional culture and community maintained or transformed? What is the social and political efficacy of these intercultural artistic visions?

Writers discussed include Hugo Hamilton, Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Dermot Bolger, Chris Binchy, Michael O’Loughlin, Emer Martin, and Kate O’Riordan

ISBN: 978-0-7190-8928-2
Subject Area: Cultural Studies
BIC Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Published: December 2013
234 x 156 mm
304 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press

Aspects Irish Literature Festival – line up announced.

From 25 - 29 September 2013, Bangor prepares to rub shoulders with the literati at the 22nd Aspects Irish Literature Festival. This year, our Festival Programme Consultant is Colin Bateman, who has put his own unique spin on programming the eclectic mix of poetry and prose for which the festival has become renowned.
We are delighted to welcome Dublin-born journalist and broadcaster Peter Snow back to the festival this year. Household names such as BBC Radio 4’s Jenni Murray and veteran journalist Sir Max Hastings will also be taking to the stage in the Festival Marquee to talk about their work.  Our Young Aspects headline guest this year is sure to thrill as we welcome Eoin Colfer, million-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series.
As always at Aspects, we like to showcase as many forms of writing as possible, so we’re welcoming legendary stand up comic and author in his own right, Sean Hughes, whilst we’ll also be enjoying some of the finest songwriting currently on offer in the shape of Kevin Doherty and Pete Roe.
Festival Consultant Colin Bateman said he was very proud to be involved as Programme Consultant this year: “I did my first public appearance as a writer for Aspects in 1994 and have been a regular guest of Aspects since then for nearly 20 years. It’s very exciting to see it from the other side and to be involved in such a highly regarded festival.”
The Mayor of North Down, Councillor Andrew Muir commented: “This festival is the highlight of the annual Arts programme in North Down. We hope that alongside the other festivals which take place throughout the year in Bangor that Aspects contributes culturally to the fabric and texture of the town.
I would like to thank our Festival partners for their support which is vital to Aspects’ success. They include Libraries NI, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, Booksni, Coffee Cure at the Museum and Walled Garden and our media partner Culture Northern Ireland.”
Author Bernard O’Donoghue has described the Aspects Irish Literature Festival as “one of the great gatherings”. So what are you waiting for? Head to Bangor in September and we’ll see you at the festival!

Tickets will be available from Wednesday 3 July by following the link www.aspectsfestival.com, from the Festival Box Office at North Down Museum (028 9127 1200) and from Bangor Tourist Information Office (028 9127 0069).

‘Editing is my natural role’

Declan Meade has made it his business to find our finest writers, and his 15 years at The Stinging Fly make for formidable reading