Talk: Shakespeare & Music


Literary Lunchtimes – Shakespeare and Music with Samantha Lin (QUB)

Shakespeare and Music with Samantha Lin

Date: 13 Apr 2016
Time: 1pm
Venue: Ulster Hall

William Shakespeare once described music as the `food of love.` This Literary Lunchtime discusses several Shakespearean passages about music and explores how composers have, in turn, responded to Shakespeare`s plays. Musicians from the Ulster Orchestra perform the Adagio from Beethoven`s 1st String Quartet, inspired by the tomb scene from Romeo and Juliet.

Samantha Lin is a final-year PhD student at Queen`s University where she is researching the role of the soundtrack in Shakespearean movie adaptations.

Free admission – booking required, call our box office on 028 9033 4455.

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Public lecture: “Shakespeare, O’Casey and ‘the Nature of an Insurrection’”

To commemorate Shakespeare 400 and as part of the ‘Shakespeare and Easter Rising’ programme of events taking place around Ireland, University College Cork’s School of English is delighted to host a public lecture on “Shakespeare, O’Casey and ‘the Nature of an Insurrection’”. This lecture by Dr Ger Fitzgibbon will examine the influence and role of Shakespeare in the drama of O’Casey and in the wider cultural landscape of Ireland during the Rising and the War of Independence.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 26 April, at 6pm, in the Council Room on the Quad, UCC, and all are welcome to attend.

UCC’s School of English will host a range of Shakespeare 400 events this year and details will be announced in due course.


Early Modern History PhD opportunities – University of Limerick

The Department of History, University of Limerick, is offering one full-time PhD Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern German History. Proposals for projects in the following areas are particularly encouraged: history of education, print culture, Reformation history, urban history. The successful candidate will be attached to the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum.

The Department of History, with UL’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is also offering two three-year fee-waivers only in any area of post-1500 History.

The deadline for applications for both the PhD Teaching Fellowship and the PhD Fee Waivers is 29th April 2016.

Further details can be found on the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum website.


Symposium: Shakespeare 400 Ireland, NUIM, 21-22 Oct 2016

“Shakespeare 400 Ireland”

Date and time: 21 and 22 October 2016

Location: Iontas Building, Maynooth University

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In this year of commemorations, from the centenary of the 1916 Rising to the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death, this two-day symposium at Maynooth University will explore historical and cultural connections between Shakespeare and Ireland. “Shakespeare 400 Ireland” will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Willy Maley (University of Glasgow) ‘”They are rising, they are rising”: Shakespeare and 1916’. Other invited speakers Professor Mark Burnett (Queens University Belfast), Dr Jane Grogan (UCD) and Professor Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway) will present papers on Shakespeare in Irish writing, film and theatre. The symposium represents an opportunity to examine Shakespeare’s Irish reception contexts and to critically reflect on the interrelations between national literary traditions, history and memory. As part of the event, an exhibition of a 1685 Shakespeare Folio will be held in the University library.

Organiser: Dr Stephen O’Neill, Maynooth University Department of English.

Supported by Maynooth University’s Commemoration Committee.

Public talks: UCD – Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lectures 2016

The UCD School of English, Drama, and Film and the Abbey Theatre are delighted to announce the forthcoming UCD/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lectures 2016.

11th May, 7pm, Pearse Museum:  Prof. Andrew Murphy (University of St Andrews), ‘Shakespeare and Irish Radicalism: The Road to 1916’

12th May, 5pm, Abbey Theatre (Peacock):  Prof. Gordon McMullan (King’s College, London), ‘Remembering and Forgetting Shakespeare in 1916’

27th May, 4pm, Abbey Theatre (Peacock): Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe), ‘Gesture on the Shakespearean Stage’

9th June, National Library, 7pm: Prof. Margaret Kelleher (UCD) and Prof. Danielle Clarke (UCD): ‘An “Irish Mode”? The Literary Writings and Legacy of Thomas MacDonagh. A conversation, with selected readings from MacDonagh’s works, performed by the UCD Ad Astra Drama Scholars

These lectures are free and open to all, but tickets must be pre-booked. For 11th May and 9th June, please book online at For 12th May and 27th May, please contact the Abbey Theatre Box office on (01) 8787 222 or