Brian Moore in Context Symposium, 4 June 2021

7 June 2021: If you were unable to attend the symposium on 4 June, you can catch up with the discussions via the links below. Please note that the recordings will only be available for 7 days and will expire at the end of 14 June (BST).


Organised to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this symposium seeks to critically (re)appraise the work of Belfast-born writer, Brian Moore (1921-1999). The aim of the symposium is to put Moore’s work in conversation with a series of historical, intellectual, literary and institutional contexts.

There will be three “roundtable” discussions, all of 90 minutes’ duration.

All timings below refer to British Summer Time.

1.00-2.30pm. Roundtable 1: Brian Moore and (Northern) Irish Contexts 

Chair: Alison Garden, Queen’s University Belfast

Eamonn Hughes, Queen’s University Belfast. Moore Among His Narrators. 

Caroline Magennis, University of Salford. “Only decay could bring to fruition”: The Northern Irish spinster from Brian Moore to the Twenty-First Century.

Stephen O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast. Partition and Fatalism.

Watch this roundtable here. Password: Hy3a7@3L

2.45-4.15pm. Roundtable 2: Irish Canadian Literature before and after Brian Moore 

Chair: Sinéad Moynihan, University of Exeter

Michele Holmgren, Mount Royal University. Some Irish “Failures”: Irish Writers in 18th and 19th century Canada

Gerald Lynch, University of Ottawa. “Out of Ireland” and Into Canadian Literature

Katrin Urschel, Independent Scholar. “The Allure of Indigenous People in Irish-Canadian Literature.” 

Watch this roundtable here. Password: p$GG1!=m

4.30-6pm. Roundtable 3: Adapting Brian Moore/Brian Moore Adapting 

Chair: Sinéad Moynihan, University of Exeter

Mary Lindsay and Vittoria Cafolla, Artistic Directors, Paradosso Theatre. Adapting Brian Moore for the Stage: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (and her adapters) 

Brian McIlroy, University of British Columbia. Quebec on Screen: Brian Moore’s film adaptations of The Luck of Ginger Coffey and Black Robe

Gillian Roberts, University of Nottingham. Adapting Cultural Appropriation: The Case of Black Robe

Watch this roundtable here. Password: $M@.1Cx1