Lectures and readings

It's All About Books - Thursday Talk

Mar 14 2019
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Alan Titley and Tanya Lokot's talks offer fascinating viewpoints and histories designed to set us thinking about our engagement with books. The talks run alongside Marie Hanlon's 'It's All About Books' exhibition in Cregan Library.

Set in the wonderful contemporary glass architecture of the DCU Cregan Library these talks explore different aspects of 'The Book'.

Alan Titley's, 'Lest We Remember: An Poll Sa Chuimhne' is a bilingual talk suitable for both non-Irish speakers and Gaeilgeoirs of every level. He is an award-winning novelist, playwright, broadcaster and scholar who writes in Irish and English. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish in UCC, and former Head of the Irish Department at St Patrick’s College, DCU. He currently writes a weekly Irish language column with the Irish Times and his latest novel, ‘Lámh, lámh eile’ was published in 2018.

Talk synopsis: Readers read hundreds of books, maybe thousands. And yet we retain only a tiny fraction of what we read. Or do we? This talk attempts to grasp at what passes through our minds when we read a book, and what stays there if anything. And if we forget most of what we read, which we do, what is the point of ploughing through any book at all. At all. At all. This bilingual talk will answer all of these pressing questions definitively for all time.

Cad a fhanann sa chuimhne tar éis na mblianta fada léitheoireachta agus staidéir? Mistéir de mhistéirí na cruinne é. Má tá eolas an domhain le fáil i leabharlanna an tsaoil, cén fáth a mbíonn daoine chomh hamaideach sin dua a chur orthu féin rudaí a fhoghlaim? Cé mhéid den leabhar a léigh tú an tseachtain seo caite a bhfuil meabhair agat air? Tabharfar aghaidh ar na ceisteanna seo le linn na cainte, agus cá bhfios, b’fhéidir go mbeadh freagra orthu?

Tanya Lokot is an Assistant Professor at the DCU School of Communications. One aspect of her research focuses on internet freedom and censorship in Ukraine and Russia, as well as media propaganda in conflicts and crises. A former journalist, her writing has appeared in The Guardian and The Moscow Times. Her forthcoming book on digital media and protest in Ukraine and Russia will be published in 2020.

Her talk, "Manuscripts Don't Burn: Censorship, Samizdat and the Curious Life of Mikhail Bulgakov's Master & Margarita," examines the work of Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Bulgakov was no stranger to state censorship, with many of his works in the 1920s and 1930s banned by Soviet authorities. His most famous novel, Master & Margarita, was published well after his death in the early 1960s – and was still censored. But determined readers devised ingenious ways to make the full text of the book available.

These talks are running in conjunction with Marie Hanlon's 'All About Books' exhibition in Cregan Library, open to the public from February 23rd - March 15th.