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Flann O’Brien Centenary Weekend, Trinity College Dublin

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Friday 14th October     Venue: Long Room Hub

5.30-6.00  Registration for conference delegates

6.15            Official Opening: Micheál  O Nualláin

6.30          Opening Lecture:

                  Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times), ‘Oblomov in Ireland’

7.30-         Wine Reception


Saturday 15th October – Academic Programme    Venue: Emmet Theatre, Arts Building

9.30-11.00            Language Games and Adaptation

Chair: Dr Eibhlín Evans

Adrian Naughton (UCD) “[Y]ewy yew-yews” and “[t]he stupid unwitting woodcock”: Parody and the Sweeney verses in At Swim-Two-Birds

Flore Coulouma (Paris) – ‘Bad jokes, I love them: Flann O’Brien’s dead serious philosophy of language’

Werner Huber (Vienna) – A Tale from the Vienna Woods: Adapting At Swim-Two-Birds for the Big Screen


11.00-11.30       Coffee Break

11.30 – 1.00      Arresting Developments: Reading The Third Policeman

Chair: Dr Paul Delaney (TCD)

Alana Gillespie (Utrecht) – From Lower Down or Higher Up: Spectral, Sceptical Dialogism in The Third Policeman

Paul Fagan (Vienna) – “the happy conviction that one is not, of all nincompoops, the

greatest”: Meaning, Relevance, and  Effects of the Comic and Sublime in Flann O’Brien

Jennika Baines (UCD) – No reason for faith: Manichaeism and Catholicism in The Third Policeman

1.00 – 2.00       Lunch Break

2.00 – 3.00       Keynote Lecture     Chair: Dr Sam Slote (TCD)

Keith Hopper (Oxford), ‘Writing to the Future: Flann O’Brien in the 21st Century’

3.00-3.30         Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.00        O’Brien, Joyce and Literary Doubles

Chair: Dr Jennika Baines (UCD)

Thierry Robin (Brest) – ‘Two in One’ or the primal crime scene in O’Brien’s world

Ondrej Pilny (Prague) – Flann O’Brien and Pataphysics

John Wyse Jackson – Brian O’Nolan and Envoy

5.15 – 6.15         Closing Roundtable     Chair: Dr Carol Taaffe

Anthony Cronin, Dr Louis de Paor (NUIG), Dr Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck)

   Sunday 16th October – Cultural Programme     

 Supported by The Irish Times and UNESCO City of Literature

   Venue: Emmet Theatre, Arts Building


10.00-10.30   Selections from Cruiskeen Lawn

Performance by Val O’Donnell

10.45-11.45   Messrs Flann, Finn & Co: A Rough Guide to Flann O’Brien

Lecture/ Performance by Dr Eibhlín Evans and Jack Lynch

12.00-1.00  The Writers’ Writer – Panel Discussion

Chair: Dr Carol Taaffe

Frank McNally, The Irish Times

Ed O’Loughlin, author of Toploader (2011) and Not Untrue and Not Unkind (2009)

Arthur Riordan, author of Slattery’s Sago Saga (2010) and Improbable Frequency (2004)

2.00-3.00   The Science of Flann O’Brien

Lecture/ Performance by Prof. Dermot Diamond and Fergus Cronin

3.15-4.15     Staging Flann O’Brien – Panel Discussion

Chair: Dr Eugene McNulty (St. Patrick’s College)

Eamon Morrissey, creator of The Brother

Jocelyn Clarke, adaptor of At Swim-Two-Birds (2009) and The Third Policeman (2007)

Kellie Hughes, actor with Blue Raincoat Theatre Co.

4.30-5.00    At Swim-Two-Birds

Rehearsed reading of excerpts from O’Brien’s classic novel


Written by flann100

June 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

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