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"Imagining: Home", UCD O'Reilly Hall, 6 June 2018

Jane Urquhart, acclaimed Canadian author and 2017/18 Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at UCD and Dr Paul Halferty, Director of Canadian Studies at UCD, hosted 'Imagining: Home' in June 2018. It celebrated the literary connections between Ireland and Canada, with participating authors Margaret Atwood, John Banville,  Anne Enright and Frank McGuinness.

At the event, Margaret Atwood was awarded the Ulysses Medal at O'Reilly Hall.

For those of you that couldn't attend the event, you can watch it below.

Credit: Dr. Paul Halferty, Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at UCD.

About the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies

The UCD Centre for Canadian Studies is housed in the School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing within the College of Arts and Humanities and serves as a forum for academic research and teaching in the interdisciplinary field of Canadian Studies. It also supports the research and teaching of the annual visiting Craig Dobbin Chair in Canadian Studies. 

About the Authors

Margaret Atwood

margaret atwoodMargaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her recent novels are The Heart Goes Last and the McDade trilogy, the Giller and Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Oryx and CrakeThe Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Other novels include Man Booker Prize winner, The Blind Assassin; and Alias Grace, The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Penelopiad - a retelling of the Odyssey - and the modern classic The Handmaid’s Tale – now a critically acclaimed television series. Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, was published in 2016. Her most recent graphic series is Angel Catbird. In 2017, she was awarded the German Peace Prize, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, and the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award.
(photo credit: Liam Sharp)

John Banville

john banvilleJohn Banville's latest books are the novel Mrs Osmond and Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir. Among the awards he has received are the Man Booker Prize, the Austrian State Prize for Literature, the Kafka Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award.
(photo credit: Douglas Banville)



Anne Enright

Internationally acclaimed Irish author Anne Enright has written novels, short stories, plays and essays. Her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize.




Frank McGuinness

frank mcguinnessFrank McGuinness is the award-winning, internationally celebrated playwright of The Factory Girls and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme. A screenwriter, poet and novelist, he has also adapted a number of classical plays for theatre production in Ireland and abroad. He has twice won a Tony Award for his work. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the UCD School of English, Film, Drama and Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Humanities.
(photo credit: Dominic Martella UCD)

Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart is the current UCD Craig Dobbin Professor in Canadian Studies. She has authored eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool (winner, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, France); Away (winner, Trillium Award, Canada); The Underpainter, (winner, Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, The Orange Prize, UK); and The Stone Carvers, (finalist, The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, Man Booker Prize, UK).  Urquhart is also a poet and has written four books of verse, a collection of short fiction and a biography of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. She was editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, a collection of the finest Canadian work spanning more than 100 years. Her writing has been translated into several foreign languages.


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