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Birthday Lecture 2024

7th June 2024

On Friday 7th June 2024, we’ll be holding an online only event to celebrate Bowen’s 125th birthday. We have the great pleasure of welcoming Irish writer and academic Eibhear Walshe as speaker for this year’s birthday lecture. The event will take place at 8.30pm (GMT) via Zoom.

“Treading on Bowen’s grave – Writing The Last Day at Bowen’s Court”

In this birthday lecture, Eibhear Walshe discusses his experience of fictionalising the life of Elizabeth Bowen in his 2020 novel, The Last Day at Bowen’s Court, and looks at the way his creative process was helped by his research on Bowen and Ireland and the letters between Bowen and Charles Ritchie. The ways in which fiction can transcend the limits of biography is at the centre of his interest.

You can sign up for the event on the link below!

Season’s Greetings to everyone from the Elizabeth Bowen Society. Thanks for following our work – and take a look at our Tweets on the right if you haven’t already.
Despite the problems 2021 has brought, we’re delighted that some Bowen-related events have worked so well: our reading groups focusing on her short stories; ‘An Evening at Bowen’s Court’, an online event in September, and some of our members meeting at the annual commemorative service at Farahy, Co. Cork, in September.
There have also been many new publications related to Bowen this year – take a look at the ‘New Bowen Publications’ tab which will be updated soon, and reviews in the Elizabeth Bowen Review, volume 4 of which was released in October. We’re looking forward to working on volume 5, and hope to organise some small events in 2022. 2023 will bring us the fiftieth anniversary of Bowen’s death and the centenary of her first publication, so we will be marking this with a bigger event – hopefully the world will be more normal then!
Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year – we hope to see you soon!