May 07 2018 - Jul 29 2018
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Until 1967, international as well as homegrown authors had to contend with Ireland's restrictive book censorship policies. See what that meant for an emerging nation at this fascinating exhibition.
Until 1967, international as well as homegrown authors had to contend with Ireland's restrictive book censorship policies.
Believing it was working to reflect the values of a fledgling independent nation, the Censorship of Publications Board was established in 1929 by the Irish Free State. For decades, important works from the likes of Kate O’Brien, Brendan Behan, Aldous Huxley and Marcel Proust were kept out of the bookshops and far from the public consciousness.
In 1967, the Censorship of Publications Act officially put an end to book banning, forever after changing the direction of history and intellectualism in this country.
See what book banning - and its abolition - meant for an emerging nation at Banned Books - Censorship in Ireland, 1929-1967, a fascinating exhibition that looks at what is gained - and lost - when a national ideology is taken too far.