THE IRISH Literary Society's annual dinner took place at the National Liberal Club in central London this week, where the guest of honour, Irish novelist Edna O’Brien, read from her work and took questions from ILS Vice President Professor Roy Foster. The dinner took place in the Liberal Club’s David Lloyd George Room.
To mark the Yeats 2015 celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, the ILS paid tribute to the poet with readings from Professor Roy Foster, Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, Bernard O'Donoghue and Patricia Leventon. Edna O’Brien joined the tribute, reading the poem Sailing to Byzantium.
The Irish Literary Society was established in London in 1892. Among its founders were W B Yeats and Douglas Hyde and other leaders of the Irish Literary Revival including Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Maud Gonne.
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