A Terrible Beauty… commemorating Easter Rising 1916 panel discussion
This year marks the centenary of Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916. Foremost among the leaders of that rebellion were several writers including Padraig Pearse, Thomas McDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett.
The panel discussion will involve contributions from a mix of celebrated historians, writers and literary critics: Fergal Keane, BBC news correspondent; Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford; Catherine Morris, author of Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival; Colm Tóibín, novelist and cultural commentator; and HE Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador in London. Discussion will circle around the idea of Easter 1916 as a writers' uprising, focussing on the central role played by literature both before and after this key event in the foundation of the modern Irish state.