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Shaw talk: Shaw and Legacy


Monday, November 2, 2020, 16:00 - 17:00




Free but booking is essential

Celebrating the launch of a special issue to mark 40 years of the Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies: SHAW 40.2 on 'Shaw and Legacy' .

Shaw Day, 2 November at 4 p.m. GMT or 11 a.m. EST.

On 2 November 1950, the night Bernard Shaw died, Broadway and Times Square dimmed their lights in his honour. As well as being a prolific writer and polymath, he was one of the first global celebrities who carefully created and managed his brand. With his passionate interest in social justice and poverty, in human rights, in public discourse and in entertainment, he was a man with much to say to our times. He was a master of self-invention, a nobody who captured the zeitgeist and one of the first private individuals to understand fully how to generate—and how to use—global fame. Join us to debate Shaw and his legacy and whether he should still be taken seriously.

Speakers include: Soudabeh Ananisarab, Colin Murphy; Nicholas Grene, MRIA; Adrian Paterson, Aileen Ruane, and Chris Wixson;

This event has been organised to celebrate the launch of a special issue to mark 40 years of the Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies: SHAW 40.2 on 'Shaw and Legacy' edited by guest editors Ruth Hegarty and Barry Houlihan.

The webinar is hosted by the Moore Institute and the Hardiman Library at NUI Galway in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy on Zoom and will also be streamed to Facebook Live via the Moore Institute, NUI Galway.

Booking is free but essential. Registrants will receive further information and a zoom link for attendance in advance of the session. Queries should be directed to

Find out more about the Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies: SHAW here.

Discover how Shaw created GBS, the first great brand, in Judging Shaw by Fintan O'Toole, published by Royal Irish Academy: 'a handsome tribute from one of Ireland's leading intellectuals to one of his mightiest forebears' (Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books). Purchase your copy here.

Visit our online exhibition on George Bernard Shaw, inspired by the book Judging Shaw.

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