Lifelong Learning in the NLI
Adult Learning Courses in conjunction with UCD
Our cultural partnership with UCD will continue with another series of learning opportunities in 2016. The popular courses in Irish History and literature are again be part of the programme, to be followed in May with a course introducing the work of Samuel Beckett run over 4 Tuesday mornings.
The Drama and Fiction of Samuel Beckett
Tutor: Dr Alan Graham
The course introduces students to the innovative ways in which the work of Samuel Beckett challenges the traditions of literature and theatre. In tracing the development of the Beckett canon, the course examines the pre and post-war fiction, the dramas which established his international reputation, the daringly experimental theatre from the 1960s and 1970s, and the haunting lyricism of the late prose. In addition, we explore the ways in which the abstraction of Beckett’s work remembers personal as well as historical experiences, providing an intimate portrait of Beckett the man as well as the artist.
4 Tuesdays 10.00am-12.30pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24
Full details on all the courses are available in the UCD Adult Education Brochure.
Places on this course can be booked through UCD Adult Education: http://www.ucd.ie/adulted/ 01 716 7123
The National Library of Ireland works with Irene Graham, founder of The Memoir Writing Club and author of The Memoir Writing Workbook to offer workshops and lectures on memoir writing as part of our ongoing events programme.
Irene also offers a 16-week Online Memoir Writing Course, where participants focus on the art of story creation using personal life experiences and family history. Find out more about the course here.
The National Library takes part each year in Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. The Bealtaine Festival takes place in May and celebrates creativity in older people. The NLI hosts Bealtaine events and has also embarked on series of research projects. For information on the projects, check the project websites below and learn about the latest project: Man, Woman and Child.
Man, Woman and Child
Man, Woman and Child was a research and performance project devised and co-ordinated by Michael Fortune and featuring traditional singers, Luke Cheevers, Niamh Parsons, John and Brigid Tunney, Mick Fowler, Jerry O'Reilly, Rosie Stewart, Tim Lyons and Aileen Lambert.
Supported by the Arts Council, the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Age and Opportunity and the NLI, the project was based on the Child Ballad Collection - a collection of traditional songs collected by the American collector Francis J Child in England and Scotland between 1882 and 1898. Although many of the songs or variants of them are sung in the Irish tradition, no comprehensive study and performance of the ballads had been undertaken in Ireland prior to this project. The Child ballad collection is in the library's collection and this project provided the opportunity to bring the ballads from the shelf to the stage.
Over four nights in Novemeber and December 2013, the audiences at the library enjoyed hearing the ballads and the stories behind them.
Follow this link to explore the concerts on the website
As I roved out
In 2012, the group of traditional singers Jerry O'Reilly, John Tunney, Brigid Tunney, Cilona Ni Shuilleabhain, Brendan Kennedy, Larry Joy and Roisin Gaffney researched material and composed new songs on the theme of travel and emigration. The songs were performed in the library on May 30th as part of the Bealtaine 2012 Festival. The project was facilitated by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune in collaboration with the Bealtaine festival, the National Library and the ITMA and supported by the Arts Council. To read about the project : www.asirovedout.ie
Read more about previous projects:
The Magpies Nest
In this project six local historians from County Wexford and artist Michael Fortune worked with the NLI and Age and Opportunity on the research of historical themes of local interest. The project was documented on the Magpies Nest website and features diary entries, images and video footage of the research process. The project culminated in an exhibition at the National Library for the duration of the Bealtaine Festival 2009.
The Wild Bees' Nest
The Wild Bees' Nest was a research and songwriting project involving a group of traditional singers throughout Ireland. Research for the project was carried out in the National Library of Ireland and the Irish Traditional Music Archive. The project was conceived and devised by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert and supported by The Arts Council in conjunction with The Bealtaine Festival and the National Library. Performances of the newly composed songs took place in the NLI during the Bealtaine Festival. The project was documented on The Wild Bees Nest website. A CD of the songs was launched in May 2012.
Wild Bees Nest performance
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