Lifelong Learning in the NLI
Adult Learning Courses in conjunction with UCD
Are you interested in learning about Irish writers and what inspired them?
A new course beginning in February 2014 might be of interest
'Regional Genius: Place and Identity in Irish Writing' will look at the role of place, locality and landscape in Irish writing. Students will be encouraged to explore how authors respond to and shape notions of place and community within Ireland. The different genres of poetry, novels, short stories and drama are represented and the chosen authors reflect the manuscript holdings of the library. Writers whose work will be encountered include: W.B. Yeats, Seamus, Heaney, John Mc Gahern, Brendan Kennelly, Elizabeth Bowen, Patrick Kavanagh, Brian Friel.
The course will run from February 4th for 8 Tuesdays from 10am - 12.30pm.
Places are going fast on the other course that will be offered in Spring 2014.
Irish War of independence 1919 - 1921 explores the events, impact and legacy of the Irish War of Independence. It discusses key aspects of the political and military campaigns both at national and regional levels.
The course will run over 8 Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12.30pm beginning on February 5th.
Booking for both courses is through UCD Adult Education
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.
As I roved out
In 2012, the group of traditional singers Jerry O'Reilly, John Tunney, Brigid Tunney, Cilona Ni Shuilleabhain, Bredan 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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