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Silencing The Country Girls: Edna O'Brien and the Censor

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In 1988, Edna O’Brien gave an interview to Julia Carlson for her seminal book, Banned in Ireland: Censorship & the Irish Writer, which examined the personal, social, and literary impacts of censorship in twentieth-century Ireland. As part of a programme of events co-hosted by the School of Law and the School of English for Trinity Week 2019, and to celebrate the selection of Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy as Dublin One City One Book 2019, Silencing The Country Girls: Edna O’Brien and the Censor revisits O’Brien’s interview and the issues it raised which continue to resonate today, both within and far beyond the literary world. Julia Carlson joins us to speak about her work on Banned in Ireland, which also featured interviews with John McGahern, Benedict Kiely, and Brian Moore, and the question of gender and censorship. She will also discuss these issues, and their contexts, in conversation with Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor of Law at Trinity and a leading expert on freedom of expression and copyright. Finally, we welcome the acclaimed actor and writer Noni Stapleton (Penny Dreadful, Charolais) who will bring Edna O’Brien’s witty, candid, and serious interview to life in a special performance.

Julia Carlson lectured in American Literature and acted as Director of the MA in Literature and Publishing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has written on Irish censorship and edited Banned in Ireland: Censorship and the Irish Writer, which includes an interview with Edna O’Brien, for the British human rights organization, Article 19.

Noni Stapleton is an award-winning Irish actor and playwright. Charolais, which she wrote and performed, earned plaudits in Ireland, the UK, and the US, including the Stewart Parker Award. She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting and has worked extensively in theatre, television and film, including recent roles in the hit television series Penny Dreadful (Showtime/Sky), Vikings (History Channel), Ripper Street (BBC), and Quirke (BBC).

This event will be preceded by two discussions of censorship in Ireland by leading experts:

5pm-6pm: Law Professors and practising barristers Prof. Neville Cox and Prof. Ailbhe O'Neill will outline the history of censorship in the Irish State

6pm-7pm: Historian Conor Kostick will discuss the history of book censorship.

To book tickets for these events, please visit the Censorship in Ireland event page on Eventbrite.

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