Facebook and YouTube broadcast (Linen Hall Library channels) • Monday 17th May, 7.00pm (UK time)
Dr Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado, Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, will present a talk on ‘Reading Caroline Blackwood.’ This lecture will cover the work of Lady Caroline Blackwood (1931-1996), a Booker Prize-shortlisted Irish author. Blackwood was born into the Ulster aristocracy at Clandeboye House in County Down, Northern Ireland. Her father was the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava and her mother was one of the Golden Guinness Girls. She began her writing career as a journalist before transitioning to literary fiction. Her trademarks are complex plot and psychology, bizarre characters and dark humour. Dr Sherratt-Bado will discuss the ten books published by Blackwood: a miscellaneous volume of short fiction, memoir and reportage; two novellas; two novels; a short story collection; a biography and a cookery book. Many of these books are in the Linen Hall Library’s holdings – including rarer editions. Blackwood’s literary legacy has been neglected by critics and overshadowed by her personal life, and she tends to be discussed in relation to her three famous artist husbands. Dr Sherratt-Bado will discuss Caroline Blackwood as a creative genius in her own right, who deserves to stand as a Northern counterpart to her contemporary Edna O’Brien.