Nov 18, 2021
Launch of All Strangers Here
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A new anthology from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Arlen House, All Strangers Here explores the interrelationships between diplomacy, creativity, and language across poetry and prose published by Irish diplomats and their families over the past century.

Part of a wider programme marking the centenary of the Irish Foreign Service, it features many remarkable writers, amongst them: Eavan Boland and Maeve Brennan, both daughters of Ambassadors; poets Valentin Iremonger and Denis Devlin; and Conor Cruise O’Brien and Máire Mhac an tSaoí, one of the State’s first female diplomats.

For this launch event on 18 November 2021, Rick O’Shea was joined by co-editor Angela Byrne, contributors Richard Ryan and Siobhán Campbell, and the Department’s former Secretary General, Niall Burgess, who initiated the project, to celebrate the volume’s launch and discuss the arts of diplomacy and writing.

Presented by MoLI in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs.
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