Now in its ninth year, the Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works to engage with a faculty drawn from the world’s foremost Beckett scholars, all in the surroundings of Trinity College Dublin, the author’s alma mater.

Take part in seminars, lectures, public performances, guided tours and lively discussions in a stimulating and convivial atmosphere of this historic institution.

This year’s programme sees lectures from Olga Belobordova, S. E. Gontarski, Nicholas Johnson, Pascale Sardin, Rhys Tranter and Katherine Weiss. Daily seminar topics include Beckett’s Manuscripts (Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle)
Beckett and Irish History (Feargal Whelan)
Beckett’s Bilingual Oeuvre (Pascale Sardin)
Reading Beckett’s Drama (Jonathan Heron)
Performance Workshop (Sarah Jane Scaife). An open forum on Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing will also be chaired by Julie Bates.


Student Symposium: Sunday, 4 August 2019
The 2019 Summer School will host an additional symposium featuring research and discussion by participants in the school, on the Sunday following the activities of the school (4 August 2019). We hope that this enhances the opportunity for current students and researchers to engage and reflect on their activities, and is the first step toward making the Summer School a credit-bearing course. Please contact for enquiries related to the symposium, or express your interest on the registration form.

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