Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW: Eimear McBride in conversation with Ronan McDonald

When:22 May 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW (Map REF D9)
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Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, touches on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma. McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. Eimear McBride will be in conversation with the Director of the UNSW Global Irish Studies Centre Professor Rónán McDonald whose research interests span modern Irish literature and culture and the contribution of Irish migrants to Australia.

Professor Rónán McDonald holds the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies and is the Director of the UNSW Global Irish Studies Centre. Professor McDonald was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied his BA and MA at the University College Dublin. He completed his postgraduate research in English at the University of Oxford. Before he took up his current post in 2010, he was a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Samuel Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading, UK.

His first book Tragedy and Irish Literature was published in 2002, followed by Cambridge Introduction to Beckett in 2006 and The Death of the Critic in 2007. He has produced numerous articles, essays and reviews on Irish literature and culture. His current research interests focus on Darwinism, degeneration and the crisis of value in Irish modernism.

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