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Art | Memory | Place: Closing Discussion with David Rieff & John Banville

Thursday 16 February, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Lecture Room, IMMA

On Memory and Forgetting

In the final event in the Art | Memory | Place programme, David Rieff, author of In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and its Ironies (2016) and John Banville, award-winning author and critic will discuss the role of historical memory and forgetting, taking as a starting point Davids proposition that sometimes it may be better to forget? 

This discussion will be introduced by Maurice Earls, joint editor of Dublin Review of Books. 

Further Information

David Rieff  (born 1952, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American nonfiction writer and policy analyst, journalist with the Guardian and was a former war correspondent. His books have focused on issues of immigration, international conflict, and humanitarianism. He has published numerous articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El Pais, The New Republic, World Affairs, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, and other publications. His latest book is titled In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and its Ironies, published by Yale University Press 2016. Further information about this publication can be found here

William John Banville (born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945) is an award-winning author and critic. He joined The Irish Press as a sub-editor in 1969 and continued with journalism for over thirty years and was Literary Editor at The Irish Times from 1988 to 1999.Banville’s first book, Long Lankin, a collection of short stories and a novella, was published in 1970. His first novel, Nightspawn, came out in 1971, followed byBirchwood (1973), Doctor Copernicus (1976), Kepler (1981), The Newton Letter(1982), Mefisto (1986), The Book of Evidence (1989), Ghosts (1993), Athena(1995), TheUntouchable (1997), Eclipse (2000), Shroud (2002), The Sea (2005),The Infinities (2009) and Ancient Light (2012). His non-fiction book, Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City, was published in 2003 as part of Bloomsbury’s ‘The Writer and the City’ series. In 2012, an anthology comprising extracts from John’s fifteen novels to date, together with selections drawn from his dramatic works and various reviews, was published under the title, Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader.

Among the awards John’s novels have won are the Allied Irish Banks fiction prize, the American-Irish Foundation award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1989 The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was awarded the first Guinness Peat Aviation Award; in Italian, as La Spiegazione dei Fatti, the book was awarded the 1991 Premio Ennio Flaiano. Ghostswas shortlisted for the Whitbread Fiction Prize 1993; The Untouchable for the same prize in 1997. In 2003 John was awarded the Premio Nonino. He has also received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation in the US. In 2005, John won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea. In 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. Last year, John was awarded the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature.
Maurice Earls holds a doctorate degree from University College Dublin awarded for research into Dublin’s newspaper and periodical press in the early nineteenth century. Maurice Earls was one of the founders of Books Upstairs Bookshop in 1978 and has worked as a bookseller since then. Maurice Earls has been Joint editor since 2006 of the Dublin Review of Books to which he regularly contributes. Dublin Review of Books . The Dublin Review of Books publishes essays chiefly in the fields of literature, history, arts, culture and the human sciences on a quarterly basis since Spring 2007. Since Autumn 2012 it publishes fortnightly with additional material added between issues and works with the ambition to promote analysis and ideas by reflecting on international and Irish themes and, where appropriate, on their interaction.

Art | Memory | Place Programme

Art | Memory | Place is a year-long programme of talks and events taking place over the course of 2015-16 in the context of the ‘decade of centenaries.’ Focusing on artists whose work addresses themes relating to memory and place, the purpose of this programme is to broaden and deepen the current discussion about the subject of remembrance and commemoration and to take account of such work.

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