Conference competition

One of the great pleasures of preparing for the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society is the opportunity to work with other institutions in Dublin, a city rich with the material culture of the medieval period. We are grateful to the Edward Worth Library, Marsh’s Library, the Chester Beatty Library, the Royal Irish Academy and, of course, the Library of Trinity College Dublin for welcoming us and showcasing some of the materials that will be part of our discussions in the coming days.

Above all, though, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my friend and colleague, Dr. Brendan O’Connell in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. We have organised a number of shared events over the years, mostly around our postgraduate students and I am delighted that part of the conference will take place in Trinity on Tuesday afternoon.

Cooperation between UCD and TCD goes back a long way and one that I thought we might celebrate with a little competition. For this, I need to direct you to the Trinity Library website where Ellen O’Flaherty has written a little piece on a building that once was the Magnetic Observatory of Trinity College Dublin, but now lives out its years as the O’Kane Film Studies Centre in UCD. What does this have to do with the Early Book Society? Well, between 1957 and 1971 that same building was once the manuscript room in Trinity College Dublin and the work space of a generation of medieval scholars who preceded us.

For our competition, take a look at the picture of the building which was built in 1837 by the architect Frederick Darley: https://www.tcd.ie/library/berkeley/39-a-quick-observation/ it’s quite a distinctive building – low, neo-classical pillars and small. Note the two gentlemen sitting in front of the building. The delegate or delegates who most creatively recreate the photo and post it on social media with the #EBSDublin2019 will win a small prize.

We invite you to go and explore our woodland walks, to locate this beautiful building that celebrates the generosity of shared enterprise and was once the study place of our scholarly ancestors.

Dublin Restaurants and Cafés by Julia O’Connell

Coffee and Lunch Spots

Feeling peckish?

Clement and Pekoe, South William Street.

Relaxed and popular coffee shop.

Industry Design Shop, Drury Street.

Homeware and design shop with an excellent café serving salads, soups, sandwiches and cakes.

Loose Canon Cheese and Wine, Drury Street

            Specialist wine shop serving cheese boards and charcuterie.

Pi Pizza, South Great George’s Street.

            Popular new restaurant serving good, wood-fired pizza.

Ramen Bar, William Street South.

            Casual restaurant serving fresh, generous bowls of ramen and other Japanese dishes.

Cornucopia Vegetarian Restaurant, Wicklow Street.

            Ever popular vegetarian restaurant serving both soup, salads and larger hot meals.

Bunsen, Four Locations in the city centre.

            Popular, reasonably priced option for burgers.

Brother Hubbard, North on Capel Street, South on Harrington Street

            Modern, Middle-Eastern style food, particularly popular for brunch.

Restaurants

Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street.

            Gourmet grocery shop with a basement wine bar and popular restaurant upstairs.

Pearl Brasserie, 20 Merrion Street Upper.

            Elegant basement restaurant serving French food. Close to Merrion Square, Museums and         government buildings.

Hugo’s Restaurant, Merrion Row.

            Lively bistro restaurant close serving an Irish menu with French influences.

The Winding Stair, Lower Ormond Quay.

            Irish restaurant in an airy room overlooking the River Liffey with downstairs book shop.

The Greenhouse, Dawson Street.

            Michelin-starred modern restaurant serving Irish, seasonal ingredients.

L’Ecrivain, Baggot Street Lower.

            Modern French restaurant serving seasonal Irish ingredients.

The Pig’s Ear, Nassau Street.

            Restaurant overlooking Trinity College serving seasonal Irish food.

Book Room at EBS – invitation to self-promote!

Delegates might like to know that we will have a small book room for the duration of the conference. Jason O’Toole, one of our UCD postgraduate students, will look after it. Brepols and Boydell and Brewer are sending representatives and books; Liverpool Press are sending on flyers; a rep from W. W. Norton will be present on the Monday. The Heidelberg MET series will be represented also. We are still in negotiation with others.

I am really writing to invite you to bring copies of recently published volumes that you would like to promote and display in the Book Room. We will sign them in and do everything in our power to keep them safe. The room will be locked while we are way from the building. You might like to pick up some flyers / order forms from your publishers.

So, don’t be shy! Bring along your books for display in the Book Room. It is a great opportunity to share your achievement with an interested public.

Drinking Bottles

At a recent meeting with Jason, Julia and Mark, I alarmed them somewhat when I told them that there was ‘water in the walls’. When I saw their faces, I realised that some further explanation was necessary.

Of course, I am not talking about dampness or any structural faults to the building, simply, there are potable water stations inset into the walls in the Sutherland Building where we will be hosting the conference in UCD. Could I, therefore, encourage delegates to bring their own water bottles to the conference for refilling as you require?

Introducing our registration team

We are looking forward to welcoming you to UCD on July 7th.

Jason O’Toole (UCD), Julia O’Connell (TCD) and Mark Ronan (UCD) will be helping out during the Conference. I thought it might be useful to introduce each of them to you ahead of the conference.

Photo - Jason O'TooleJason is a postgraduate student in UCD exploring the discourse of sexuality  in early modern literature with particular emphasis on the sense of touch. His work investigates whether early modern sexuality fragments into sanctioned procreation through marriage, an outcome of sexual touch, and proscribed acts of sexual pleasure for recreation. Julia

Julia is a third-year PhD candidate in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She is currently working on a comparative analysis of the representation of grief in late-medieval English and French Literature written during the Hundred Years War. She has previously studied at Durham and Glasgow universities.

Mark RonanMark is a PhD candidate with the School of English, Drama and Film UCD. Research area: articulations of appetites, agency and addiction in pre-modern literature, with particular focus on late-medieval and early modern English verse.