BEST CONFERENCE EVER? 😍😍😍 #irishworkingclassstudies


Been involved in a fair few left-wing conferences in Ireland over the years but never seen anything like this.

First ever Irish working-class studies conference, jam-packed with online & offline events on every conceivable related subject – 8th-12th November. Over 5 days there will be 30 panels, 2 Keynote Speakers and 2 live Performance evenings.

I’m talking on a zoom panel entitled Working-Class Poets on Poetry, details in photo, but I will be attending absolutely everything & drinking up the knowledge!

My particular topic on that panel is ‘The Persistence of The Oral – folksong, identity, & social memory in Irish working class culture.’

I will be talking about our bilingual song tradition and how this serves as the ‘literature’ of the working-class(& all the marginalised) in Ireland.

Some job done here pulling it all together. Congrats to Emma Christina, Sophie Meehan & all involved. Legends!

Whole brilliant programme here: