If you are anywhere near Clonmel then take yourself along to the Junction Festival over the next few days. And even if you’re not near Clonmel, take yourself over to the Junction Festival on Saturday 11 July for a chance to hear the excellent John McCourt in conversation with Frank McNally about Trollope’s position as the foremost Victorian Englishman writing about Irish matters.
McCourt is that rare academic – a professor of English Literature at Roma Tre University who is accessible to the layman while discussing the finer points of his academic research. I always think that is the mark of someone who deeply understands and loves his subject – if he can convey that knowledge and enthusiasm to the ordinary man.
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