S168. Out from Under the Influence: Irish Writers Reach Beyond Post-Colonialism

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Writers feel their way into new worlds. Just how ingrained can one culture be with that of another country? This panel showcases a selection of contemporary voices from Ireland forging identity, through poetry and fiction in a rapidly changing country. A recent upsurge in new writers in Ireland coupled with the emergence of creative writing programs has raised questions to be grappled with—what does it mean to be an Irish writer and how important is national identity to any writer?


Kathy D'Arcy is an Irish poet (Encounter, The Wild Pupil) currently completing an Irish Research Council funded Creative Writing PhD in University College Cork, where she teaches on the women's studies MA and creative writing programs. She has previously worked as a doctor and youth worker.

Niamh Prior’s poetry and fiction appears in journals including The Stinging Fly. She won the 2016 international iYeats Poetry Prize. Her PhD in fiction at UCC, Ireland, is funded by an Irish Research Council scholarship. She is cofounder of an association for writing programs in Irish universities.

Eibhear Walshe lectures in the School of English in UCC, Cork, Ireland. His books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life, Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde and Ireland, A Different Story: The Writings of Colm Tóibín. His childhood memoir, Cissie’s Abattoir, was broadcast on RTE’s Book on One.

Colin Barrett is the author of the collection of stories, Young Skins, and the winner of the Guardian UK First book award, The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and The Irish and UK Times.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside