Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence in Ireland, has been the stage for many important conversations on issues affecting the UK, Ireland and the wider world. This year Ambassador Paul Johnston will host a series of Glencairn Conversations – bringing together figures from across these islands to exchange perspectives on issues that matter to both countries, including history, cultural and sporting connections, economic and scientific advances.
In March, The British Embassy Dublin, St. Patrick’s Festival and I.NY welcome four renowned artists, from across disciplines and with a shared connection to both the U.K. and Ireland, for a hosted conversation at the Glencairn residence, exploring how each place supports, influences & grows from the arts and artists of the other.
Booker Prize–winning author Anne Enright, Tony Award–winning Artistic Director of Druid Garry Hynes and musician & performer Camille O’Sullivan, in conversation with Gerard Stembridge, will discuss their own stories of the Irish U.K. relationship, and how that relationship helped shape their respective artistic, professional & personal lives. The conversation will also explore their experiences of each place to Irish and U.K. artists more widely, thinking particularly how our proximity - both physically and culturally - has influenced artistic life and work in Ireland and the U.K. and the communities of artists, friends and family which that life and work develops.
The conversation will take in the artists’ future ambitions for work influenced by both places, and what they feel this relationship holds for the next generation of Irish & British writers, performers, artists, actors and designers.
Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival 2022
Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she lives and works. Having studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, she completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Her novels include The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, awarded Bord Gáis Novel of the Year. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction.
Garry Hynes co-founded Druid in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991 and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She has worked with the Gate Theatre (Ireland); the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (UK), Center Theatre Group, Second Stage, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, the Kennedy Center, the Mark Taper Forum and the Spoleto Festival (USA).
Awards for her work include The Joe A. Callaway Award (New York) for Outstanding Directing for The Cripple of Inishmaan (2009); a Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998); other theatre awards, including Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards, Best Director for DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts 1&2), Henry V, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Waiting for Godot and a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005).
Garry has received Honorary Doctorates from the University College Dublin, University of Dublin, the National University of Ireland and the National Council for Education Awards. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy (HRHA). In 2011, Garry was appointed Adjunct Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway.
Born and brought up in London to an Irish father and French mother, before moving back to Ireland as a child, Camille O'Sullivan is a singer and actress renowned for her interpretations of the songs of Nick Cave, Jacques Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more.
Previously an award-winning architect and portrait painter, she has welcomed audiences around the world with sell-out performances at London’s Royal Festival Hall, The Roundhouse and the Sydney Opera House.
Gerard Stembridge is a Limerick- born writer and director who has worked extensively in theatre, film, TV and radio, first coming to prominence having co-created the satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday with Dermot Morgan.
Stembridge wrote the screenplay for Ordinary Decent Criminal, (Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino), and co-wrote Nora, (Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch.) He wrote and directed Guiltrip, About Adam(Kate Hudson) and Alarm (Aidan Turner). He has written five novels, mostly recently What She Saw (2017).
I.NY is an international cultural project that celebrates and brings to life the shared story of Ireland and New York. With year-round audience engagement, artist collaborations and cross-Atlantic initiatives, all activity culminates in the annual I.NY Festival.
I.NY is the creative brainchild of David O’Donovan and Aoife Flynn, who developed the project with the help and support of numerous individuals and organisations in Ireland and New York
Held over ten October days in Limerick, Ireland, the festival is anchored by the I.NY Cultural and Diaspora Programmes, telling the story of the relationship through music, literature, film, theatre, dance, street-art, the I.NY Gathering, the Annie Moore talks series, and more.
In addition, the festival features Enterprise and Education programming, while I.NY Explore celebrates the Irish influence on New York fashion, food, sport, politics, architecture, design, religion and more, and explores how that influence eventually returned home.
“It’s from a fascination with and love for both the history and modernity of the Ireland -New York relationship that I.NY is built. The intention is to uncover the stories that are the fabric of that relationship, to tell them to a wide audience, encourage that audience to share their own, and once a year, through these stories, bring that relationship to life in an Irish city.
I.NY creates opportunities for an audience to explore what it means to be local and global, Irish and American, emigrant and native, and to share and experience these stories”.