Irish Studies at UNSW is delighted to welcome as the inaugural Thomas Keneally Fellow, the distinguished Irish writer Anne Enright.
Wednesday 31 May, 2017
6.15pm – 7.30pm
Ritchie Theatre, UNSW (G19)
‘The Landscape Solution: Hurt and Healing in the Irish Countryside’.
One of Ireland’s most critically lauded and popular novelists, Anne Enright is known for her dry humour, her mesmeric prose style and her blistering depictions of family relationships, love, sex and Catholicism. She turns her attention in this evening’s talk to the Irish landscape, the iconic scenery of Irish national revival that was also the backdrop for terrible institutional cruelties. With the help of readings from her novels, the Booker-prize winning The Gathering (2007) and her latest, The Green Road (2015) she discusses the recent discovery of a mass grave at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway, the legacy of institutional abuse and the way this is both avoided and expressed in her fiction. In so doing, she offers her reflection on structural and institutional inequality in Ireland, a legacy with which Australia is also grappling.
Please join us for this free on-campus event – registration essential.