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MoLI hosts a programme of events across the museum, including performances, readings, talks and workshops. Join our newsletter below to hear about upcoming events, or become a member to benefit from advance booking.

Upcoming events at MoLI

Capturing the Contemporary

3 December 2020 | 20.00 | Online

To celebrate the launch of The New Irish Studies (Cambridge University Press), join writers and literary critics as they discuss recent trends in contemporary Irish writing. 

Hear Anne Enright and Margaret Kelleher consider how creative writers remake the past, Christian O’Reilly and Emilie Pine examine pregnancy on the Irish stage, Rosaleen McDonagh and Michael Pierse review the challenges of equitable representation, and Leontia Flynn and Eric Falci  explore the legacy of Seamus Heaney in contemporary poetry. 

The editor of the collection, Paige Reynolds, will lead the discussion. Scholars and the writers whom they studied will, together in conversation, tackle the question: How do we capture and communicate, in the moment, the particular energy and diversity of twenty-first-century Irish and Northern Irish writing?

Presented by MoLI in partnership with the Dublin Book Festival and Cambridge University Press.


Mo Bhagáiste

13 December 2020 | 19.00 | Online

Dráma aonair dátheangach, scríofa ag Pól Ó Gallchóir agus é féin i bpáirt Mhic Gianna, bunaithe ar dhírbheathaisnéis cháiliúil Sheosaimh Mhic Grianna, Mo Bhealach Féin. Scríbhneoir tréitheach ab ea Mac Grianna as Rann na Feirste, ceann de na ceantair ba Ghaelai sa tír ag an am ach chuir meabhairghalar an Griannach ina thost , faraor.  

Mo Bhagáiste is a bilingual drama based on Seosamh Mac Grianna’s seminal autiobiographical novel Mo Bhealach Féin. A native of Rann na Feirste, a Gaeltacht area steeped in Irish culture and history, Mac Grianna was an astonishingly gifted writer whose genius was cut short by mental illness. This drama deals with the challenges faced by an Irish artist struggling to be understood in an English speaking world.

An Imram production. Presented in partnership with Imram.


Previous events at MoLI

Ireland’s Generation X? — Belinda McKeon

2 December 2020 | 19.00 | Online

Presented by MoLI in partnership with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Join Professor Barry McCrea with writer Belinda McKeon in this edition of Ireland's Generation X?, a series of conversations about Ireland's in-between generation.

“Generation X” describes the group of people born between 1965 and 1985, a generation caught between Baby Boomers and Millennials characterised by anti-establishment slacker culture, cynicism, irony, and— after the global economic crash — negative equity. An American term describing American lives, the moniker perhaps fails to accurately represent the experience of those who came of age during the 1980s and 1990s in Ireland. This series invites artists and writers who grew up in an Ireland shaped by the Troubles, social justice movements, EU membership, the Peace Process, and the Celtic Tiger, to share their work and reflect on the social and cultural influences at home and abroad

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: Collected Poems

25 November 2020 | 19.00 | Online

MoLI, in partnership with Poetry Ireland and the Gallery Press, is proud to host the launch of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Collected Poems. Broadcasting from the Museum of Literature Ireland, Ní Chuilleanáin will be in conversation with fellow poets Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr about her life and work. Ní Chuilleanáin will also read from this monumental publication, which features poems from more than fifty years, including new, previously unpublished poems.

Bright Sparks presents The Haunted Lake: Stories and Art with PJ Lynch

14 November 2020 - 14 November 2020 | 14.00 | Online

We are delighted to welcome multi award-winning illustrator and writer, PJ Lynch to MoLI for a very special online family event.

PJ will read from his brand new children’s book, The Haunted Lake, an epic and haunting love story.

He will also share how he created the art work and show the audience at home how to draw a ghostly fantasy figure.

Intrigued? We certainly are!

Age 8+  
€5 (family ticket

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Narrative: Sasha Terfous and Dafe Orugbo on how to write your world.

29 October 2020 - 29 October 2020 | 19.00 | Online

To celebrate the launch of our online exhibition on Frederick Douglass join spoken word artist Sasha Terfous and performer Dafe Orugbo, one half of Tebi Rex, for an hour of conversation, performance and instructions that will inspire you to reflect on and narrate your experiences and your world.

Age 13+

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Bright Sparks presents Stick-or-Treat! An online Hallowe’en Storytelling and Craft Workshop with Úna Woods

24 October 2020 - 24 October 2020 | 12.00 14.00 | Online

Age 6+ years.

12pm – Relaxed event, slow pace and smaller numbers.

2pm – Lively, interactive event.

Get ready to make an amazing Hallowe’en themed picture inspired by the Dublin Vampire with the help of author and illustrator, Úna Woods, live in your own sitting room. Úna will share her new book with you - Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire? and then show you how to create your own.

Make a spooktacular mixed media collage using simple shapes, bright colours and crazy patterns. Then you can chat to Úna and show her your artwork!

You will need – scissors, coloured paper (if possible), white paper, markers or colouring pencils
Old wrapping paper, old birthday cards, colourful pages from magazines or newspapers – raid your recycling bin!

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