Symposium: Perspectives on Tim Robinson

Friday 9th - Saturday 10th September, 2011


Funded by
The British Academy and National University of Ireland, Galway

Folding Landscapes
The Atlantic Archipelago Research Project at the University of Exeter and the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway
The Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research, National University of Ireland Galway
The Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, National University of Ireland Galway

The Connemara Symposium brings together artists, writers, scholars and the public in conversation with the work of Tim Robinson. It is supported by the Atlantic Archipelagos Research Project (AARP), which is a collaboration between the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the University of Exeter. AARP is grateful to acknowledge the support of the British Academy, the University of Exeter and the National University of Ireland, Galway, in bringing these events to life.

Tim Robinson is best known for his two-volume study Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage and Labyrinth (republished by New York Review of Books Classics Series 2008-9); he is currently completing the final volume of a trilogy, Connemara: Listening to the Wind (2006) and The Last Pool of Darkness (2008). The recipient of a major European Conservation Award in 1987, Robinson was Parnell Visiting Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge this last year.

Tim Robinson's two-volume study Stones of Aran was described by the Irish Times as ‘One of the most original, revelatory and exhilarating works of literature ever produced in Ireland' and by the London Review of Books as ‘a wonderful achievement'. Next year is the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Tim Robinson's Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage.

The Connemara Symposium offers a unique opportunity to engage with his work and follows a previous meeting in Cambridge, which you can view here - The Connemara Symposium brings some of the world's leading creative thinkers and artists engaged with questions of human society and the environment to Galway.

All events are free and open to the public.

A full schedule of events is below. Please contact for further details and updates.

We look forward to seeing you in September.


Friday 9th September
Location: Galway City Museum
Opening remarks: Nicholas Allen (NUI Galway)
Plenary Lecture: John Elder (Middlebury College) - ‘Edge to Edge'

Break 2.15-2.30

Location: Galway City Museum
Conversation One: Poetry and Landscape

Matthew Campbell (University of Sheffield)
Moynagh Sullivan (NUI Maynooth)
Hugh Haughton (University of York)
Briona Nic Dhiarmidha (University of Notre Dame)

Location: Roundstone Community Hall
Reception and screening of Pat Collins film, ‘Tim Robinson: Connemara'

Saturday, September 10
Location: Galway City Museum

Plenary Lecture:
Tim Robinson - ‘A Land without Shortcuts'

Location: Galway City Museum

Conversation Two: Prose and Landscape

John Brannigan (University College Dublin)
Eamon Wall (University of Missouri-St Louis)
Christine Cusick (Seton Hill University)
John Wylie (University of Exeter)
Kelly Sullivan (Boston College)

3.30-4:00pm Break

Location: Galway City Museum
Conversation with Norman Ackroyd

Location: Galway City Museum
Closing remarks: Nick Groom (University of Exeter)

Location: Druid Theatre
Reception and readings at the Druid Theatre
Free and open to the public
Readings from Andrew McNeillie; Manchán Mangan; Moya Cannon; Eamon Grennan; Tim Robinson