Join us for a day of stimulating talks and music at the Hugh Lane Gallery.
Friday 23 February 2024, 10am-3.45pm
This seminar George Moore in Dublin will explore themes arising from the life, art, time and milieu of the pioneering Irish writer George Moore (1852-1933) and will include the following illustrated talks:
- 10am Welcome Jessica O’Donnell, Head of Education and Community Outreach, Hugh Lane Gallery and Dr Brendan Fleming, Moderator
- 10.10am ‘Ireland’s Debt to George Moore – a personal appraisal’, Peter Costello, author, critic and editor.
- 10.45am ‘George Moore and Hugh Lane’s Gallery of Modern Art’, Logan Sisley, acting Head of Collections, HLG
- 11.20am Dr Noreen Doody will launch George Moore: Spheres of Influence, eds. Kathryn Laing
and Mary Pierse, Liverpool University Press
- 11.30am Break
- 11.55am ‘ “A place to escape from”: almost home – George Moore’s Dublin’, Dr Noreen Doody, former senior lecturer at the School of English, Dublin City University and lecturer on Irish writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- 12.30pm Break
- 1.50pm ‘George Moore and the British Impressionist Painter Clara Christian McCarthy’, Adrian Frazier, emeritus professor of University of Galway and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
- 2.30pm The programme concludes with a recital by Una Hunt, internationally renowned pianist of work by Michele Esposito (1855-1929), Augusta Holmès (1847-1903), Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Introduced by Dr Mary Pierse, Trustee, The George Moore Association and co-editor with Kathryn Laing of George Moore: Spheres of Influence (Liverpool University Press).
George Moore in Dublin will be moderated by Dr Brendan Fleming, a graduate of the University of Oxford where his doctoral thesis focused on the writings of George Moore.
- We look forward to seeing you and details of the programme can also be viewed here George Moore in Dublin Schedule
Free, advance booking via Eventbrite or come along on the day subject to availability
George Moore in Dublin is presented in association with the George Moore Association.
Peter Costello is a literary historian and critic, author of The Heart grown Brutal, James Joyce: The Years of Growth, and with John Wyse Jackson, a biography of John Stanislaus Joyce.
Logan Sisley is Acting Head of Collections, Hugh Lane Gallery.
Noreen Doody is a former senior lecturer at the School of English, Dublin City University. She lectures on Irish writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and has published many articles in this area. Dr Doody’s research has a particular focus on the aesthetics and creative imagination of Oscar Wilde and of W.B. Yeats, and on their social and cultural context. She is the author of The Influence of Oscar Wilde on W.B. Yeats: “An Echo of Someone Else’s Music” (2018); The Moon Spun Round: W.B. Yeats for Children (2016), and co-editor of Voicing Dissent: New Perspectives in Irish Criticism (2012). Dr Doody studied at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.
Adrian Frazier is an emeritus professor of University of Galway and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author of biographically-based books on George Moore, Maud Gonne, John Behan, W. B. Yeats, and Abbey actors who worked with John Ford. His biography of the poet John Montague (1929-2016) is forthcoming.
Dr Brendan Fleming is a graduate of the University of Oxford where his doctoral thesis focused on the writings of George Moore. His many publications have covered the relationships between Moore, Zola and the publisher Henry Viztelly, the publication of a memoir by Margaret Gough who was one of Moore’s secretaries, the discovery of an early serial version of Moore’s ‘Mildred Lawson’. His teaching and research interests included modernism and Irish literature, the history of the book, and critical theory. He is currently an honorary Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Buckingham.
Mary Pierse (formerly of UCC) has published widely on the writings of George Moore, and is the compiler/editor of Irish Feminisms,1810-1930 vols 1-5 (Routledge, 2009). Her ongoing research involves Franco-Irish links in the arts.
Una Hunt is one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has performed many concertos with Irish orchestras in including The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. She has also toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Russia and North America. She has also performed with some of the world’s leading artists including violist Bruno Giurana and flautist, James Galway and regularly performs with her violinist sister, Fionnuala, in the Hunt Duo. Particularly noted for her work in rediscovering Irish composers, Una has curated and performed this repertoire in the USA (including Carnegie Hall) and through a visiting professorship at Hood College, Maryland. In 2019, she produced the first modern performance of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Veiled Prophet opera at Wexford Festival Opera and in July 2024 will produce William Vincent Wallace’s sumptuous opera, Lurline in its first full performance in over 100 years; this takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra. Una is equally active in research and was instrumental in setting up Performance Research Ireland with like-minded colleagues to support artistic research in Ireland. She currently chairs this initiative and is series editor of the Performance Research Ireland book series. She has published widely on the music of Ireland and has curated and performed this repertoire in the USA (including Carnegie Hall), Europe, the UK and Russia. In addition to her numerous books, chapters and articles are 14 world-premiere CD recordings and 4 sheet music editions including the rare facsimile and CD of the New York Album 1854 by composer William Vincent Wallace. Her Thomas Moore Songbook has been published by Carysfort Press/Peter Lang with download tracks on Apple Music and Spotify. Over a ten-year period, Una was music consultant to the National Library of Ireland during which time she produced reports, mounted performances and recorded CDs of the library’s music holdings. She is an award-winning documentary maker and holds a professorship at TU Dublin Conservatoire.