I Wouldn’t Start From Here: The Second Generation Irish in Britain

Date and time
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
19.30 - 21.30

The Quad Arts Centre, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

Room: The Box

'I Wouldn’t Start From Here: The Second Generation Irish in Britain', is a collection of essays and creative pieces from the finest second generation Irish writers in Britain. Edited by Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath McKay, all three editors will talk about the collection, to which they also were contributors, and read extracts from the book which includes the work of different authors all sharing the same background.

This first book from the Wild Geese Press, which is dedicated to publishing writers of the Irish diaspora, aims to capture for the first time the diverse experience of a group largely rendered invisible. Accusations of inauthenticity are picked apart here in discussions which touch upon what is authentic, what is new, what evolves and what changes. The book offers a way of examining where these writers and thinkers stand in relation to a shared heritage and past, in a continuously changing present.


Ray French was born in Wales to Irish parents. He is a part-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull and also teaches a class at the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds. Ray has also run residential courses for the Arvon Foundation, lectured at Leeds Trinity University, ran workshops in schools, libraries and art galleries, and for community writing groups, refugees and teenagers.

Moy McCrory is a writer and academic of Irish parentage who writes about identity and class. As a fiction writer she has had three collections of short stories and a novel published. Two of her books were serialised by the BBC and her work had been translated into fifteen languages. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Derby.

Kath Mckay is a fiction writer and poet who has built up the short story strand at the University of Hull. She has published two novels, two full poetry collections and one poetry booklet, while her short stories have been anthologised and broadcast. Kath has won awards for poetry, short stories and a crime novel. She has given papers and written on short story writers Tim Winton, Flannery O'Connor, William Trevor and Ron Rash. In 2017, she co-edited an AHRC publication, End Notes.

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