About the Project

Designed to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this project seeks to critically appraise, and thus revive scholarly and public interest in, the work of neglected and important Belfast-born writer, Brian Moore (1921- 1999). The author of twenty-six novels in diverse genres and a transnational subject who lived most of his adult life in Canada and the U.S., Moore’s literary career invites re-examination in the context of the emergence of a number of scholarly trends in the two decades since his death: the rise and rise of migration and diaspora studies, particularly in an Irish Studies context; democratising trends that would now regard Moore’s “pulp” novels as an essential (rather than an anomalous) part of his oeuvre; adaptation studies (several of Moore’s works were adapted for the screen); the “material turn” in literary studies which places greater emphasis on unpublished writings and archival materials; the increasing emphasis on the importance of coteries and networks in the production of literary texts, rather than the individual “genius” of a given writer; the politics of prize-giving and the literary marketplace.

The Small Research Grant will be used to fund a collaborative programme of research, culminating in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies devoted to Moore’s work. Public-facing events will take place in liaison with a number of Belfast-based partners. An international academic conference, from which will be drawn papers for the special issue on Moore, will take place in Belfast in 2021.

The project runs from 3 August 2020 to 2 August 2022 thanks to the award of a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant.

Brian Moore's last, lovely essay on his discovery of Bulmer Hobson's grave in Connemara and his wish "to be buried here in this quiet place among the grazing cows." Moore died #OTD in 1999. https://t.co/d1M4rfvEvc

Great episode about desert 'romance' (if you call rape, romance) with Ellen Turner up on Patreon this afternoon. I should really have asked her about the history of the cover art too.

Oooh: lots to look forward to it. Am particularly excited by The Writer’s Torch: Reading Stories from The Bell, edited by Phyllis Boumans, Elke D’hoker and Declan Meade (Stinging Fly Press, April).

Martin Doyle@MartinDoyleIT

A preview of books to look out for this year - Irish and international; fiction and nonfiction. Lots to look forward to https://t.co/T5abMrPCEX

For lovers of murals based on Irish literature, this portrait of Judith Hearne (from the Brian Moore novel) can be found off the Antrim Road in Belfast, where Moore was born.

By @thisisfriz https://t.co/kdbqerxCfh

There will be a special limited-edition indies edition of #TheseDays - I’ll be signing a lot of them for @NoAlibis. So you can get your pre-orders in at the link below! They matter so much for bookshops and writers📚 https://t.co/k3rmAsZeWz

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