St Mary’s Research Fellow to Speak at House of Commons

Dr Keith Hopper, Research Fellow for the Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, has been invited to speak at the House of Commons as part of the Irish Writers’ Week.

Irish Writers’ Week is organised by the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith in association with Irish Arts UK and provides an organised platform for Irish writers, bringing them to the attention of London’s wide audience.

Dr Hopper, who also teaches Literature and Film Studies at Oxford University, recently published The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (Dalkey Archive Press, 2013) with co-editor Neil Murphy. To mark its publication, Dr Hopper will deliver this talk, which explores the challenges and the pleasures of editing O’Brien’s work. There will also be readings from the anthology by some special guests.

The new book features a selection of O’Brien’s most important short stories, as well as the text of his last unfinished novel, Slattery’s Sago Saga. It also includes new translations of several stories originally published in Irish, along with some other rare pieces that have been collected in this book for the first time.

The free public event, organised by the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, is being held on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm in the House of Commons. Although the event is free, places are limited and booking essential. Please email for more information.