EILÍS DILLON 1920–94: Exploring Irish Childhoods / An Irish writer in her time CENTENARY CONFERENCE

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin
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EILÍS DILLON 1920–94:Exploring Irish Childhoods /An Irish writer in her time CENTENARY CONFERENCE. 

Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 6–7 March 2020 in association with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.


Born in Galway, Eilís Dillon grew up with the new Irish state. She started writing in the 1940s, and over the next half-century published more than fifty works charting the concerns of a changing Ireland following the war of independence. Her range was extraordinary: three literary novels, three detective stories, five historical novels, thirty-eight books for children and young people, two stage plays produced in the Abbey and Peacock, two edited books, some poems, short stories, autobiographical essays, translations and radio plays. She lived at various times in Italy and America, served on the Arts Council, and helped to develop cultural organizations including the Irish Writers’ Centre, Children’s Books Ireland, and Aosdána. Her first publications were written in Irish, but the vast majority were in English; so far, her works have been translated into fifteen languages. Her last children’s book was set in Hungary during the Holocaust.

Proposals for panels and 20-minute individual papers are invited for this conference marking the centenary of Eilís Dillon’s birth. Possible topics include: History as background or foreground;Ireland in the mid-century; Modernizing Ireland; Irish women writers; Irish language; Folklore; Translation, translations; Myths, Stories and Archetypes; Influences and tradition; Sources and Successors; Text and illustration; Irish crime fiction; Communities and conflict; Family life; Childhood; Intergenerational relationships; Humour and satire; Islands and isolation; Outsiders; Poverty; The Wild Atlantic West; Music and song; Dealing with the past; Ideology; The sea; Rome and environs. 

Please email all proposals by Saturday 31st August 2019 to eilisdillon100@tcd.ie.

Other centenary events will also take place. The Eilís Dillon website (www.eilisdillon.net) is currently being updated and will change to www.eilisdillon.ie.

Contacts: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin.

Advisory committee: Dr Jane Suzanne Carroll, Dr Celia Keenan, Dr Patricia Kennon, Dr Amanda Piesse, Professor Mary Shine Thompson, Dr Pádraic White.