London Irish Lecture #8 is back this Winter, with very special guest Jaki McCarrick with her talk 'Where is home?'. More 'talks' than lectures, each event offers the opportunity for engagement and interaction, and an evening of lively conversation and learning.

'Where is home?' Jaki talks about her London-Irish background, the importance of reclaiming the Irish story in London, and the joys and difficulties of returning “home” to Ireland. She will also read from her Edge Hill Prize-shortlisted story collection, The Scattering.

Jaki McCarrick is an award-winning writer of plays, poetry and fiction. Her play LEOPOLDVILLE won the 2010 Papatango Prize for New Writing, and her play THE NATURALISTS premiered last year in New York to rave reviews: "Best Bet International Theatre", Theatre is Easy; "Impeccable, a gift to its actors" New York Times; "Beautifully performed" The New Yorker. Staged by The Pond Theatre Company at the Soho Repertory Theatre, NY. Her play BELFAST GIRLS was developed at the National Theatre Studio, London, was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 BBC Tony Doyle Award. It premiered in the US in Chicago in 2015 to much critical acclaim and has since been staged widely internationally. It has just premiered in Australia and opens in Sweden, its European premiere, in November.

In 2016, Jaki was selected for Screen Ireland's Talent Development Initiative and has recently completed the screen adaptation of BELFAST GIRLS. Jaki's short story collection, The Scattering, was published by Seren Books and was shortlisted for the 2014 Edge Hill Prize.

Jaki, who was longlisted in 2014 for the inaugural Irish Fiction Laureate, is currently editing her first novel. She writes critical pieces for the Times Literary Supplement, Irish Examiner, Poetry Ireland Review and other publications.


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Event start 8.00pm

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