A new lecture series honouring Derry native Seamus Deane by Playhouse Patron Theatre Company Field Day.
The aim of this lecture series is to honour Derry native Seamus Deane and to continue with Field Day's 35-year tradition by bringing to Derry some of the world's leading thinkers who have the potential to make the city an international centre of intellectual discovery every year.
The proceedings of the lecture series will be published in the annual Field Day Review, providing a published record for posterity and establishing a legacy for the future.
The Seamus Deane Honorary Field Day Lecture will be an annual event to acknowledge and celebrate the life and work of Derry native Seamus Deane. The inaugural lecture in 2015 will be delivered by Seamus Deane himself. Deane has an international reputation in the world of literature and literary criticism. He is professor emeritus at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and has a prolific backlist of publications, most notably the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1992) which remains today the definitive point of reference in Irish literary criticism. He was a shortlisted finalist for the Booker Prize in 1996 for his autobiographical novel Reading in the Dark , which describes his Derry childhood.
For the inaugural lecture series, Seamus Deane has identified speakers of world renown and invited them to Derry to deliver lectures on the theme of ‘Republics that were and that might be' - an introduction to the wider public debate on the 1916 Rising and its local and international contexts. The invitees include some of the world's leading thinkers who have the potential to make Derry a centre of intellectual discovery (this year and every year).
Tickets £5 /£3 (The proceedings of the lecture series will be published in the annual Field Day Review)