Sisters II - The lives and writings of the Owenson sisters

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Sisters II - The lives and writings of the Owenson sisters

Sisters II celebrates sisterhood by exploring the lives and achievements of four families of sisters who made their mark on Irish life.

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Royal Irish Academy 19 Dawson St D2 Dublin Ireland

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Sisters II, hosted by The Royal Irish Academy Library, continues the celebration of sisterhood. National Heritage Week 2022 kicks off the monthly lecture series on 17 August and ends with the official launch of the Sisters publication on 10 November.

See RIA Publications to order the book and listen back to the first series of lectures.

The final evening lecture of this second series will be delivered by Claire Connolly, MRIA, Professor of Modern English at University College Cork, on the lives and writings of Miss Sydney and Miss Olivia Owenson.

The lecture will be followed by the launch of Sisters, edited by Siobhán Fitzpatrick and Mary O'Dowd.

Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at University College Cork. A cultural history of the Irish novel, 1790–1829 (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism) won the Donald J. Murphy Prize. With Marjorie Howes (Boston College), Professor Connolly is General Editor of Irish literature in transition, 1700– 2020 (Cambridge University Press, 2020); and editor of Volume 2 of the series, Irish literature in transition, 1780–1830.

About the Authors:

Siobhán Fitzpatrick

Siobhán Fitzpatrick held the position of Librarian to the Academy until April 2020. She has co-edited several monographs on antiquarian and bibliographical themes and has written on science publication in Ireland and on aspects of the Academy's manuscript and print collections. Siobhán has served as President of the Library Association of Ireland and as Hon. General Secretary of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. She is a past chair of CONUL (the Consortium of National & University Libraries).

Mary O'Dowd

Mary O'Dowd is Emeritus Professor in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics History at Queen's University Belfast. Her research interests focus on gender and social history in early modern Ireland. She was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010 and is currently the Secretary for Polite Literature and Antiquities/Humanities in the Academy.

Tickets are free, but places are limited, so advance booking is required.

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