The special collections department of Woodruff Library has loaned some manuscripts and other pieces from its significant Irish literary collection to accompany an exhibit hosted by the Gwinnett Fine Arts Center. The center will present works by Northern Irish painter Basil Blackshaw from Sept. 12 through December.
Stephen Enniss, manuscripts librarian in special collections, explained that this collaboration is appropriate because of Blackshaw's relationship with writers such as Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney represented by the library's collection. He explained that Blackshaw has been involved in literary circles in Ireland for many years, especially as the image-maker of the Field Day Theatre Company. He has produced original artwork for plays by Heaney.
Some of the items loaned to the exhibit include manuscript drafts by Heaney and Longley, photographs of Heaney, materials from Field Day Theatre productions, and letters by other Irish poets.
For additional information about the exhibit or directions to the Gwinnett Fine Arts Center, go to http://www.gwinnett-arts.w1.com or call (770) 623-6002.
Sally Wolff-King, assistant dean of the College, and Floyd Watkins, professor emeritus of English, will sign their book, Talking About Faulkner, on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Books and Cases in Print at 800 Miami Circle. Also present for the signing will be the subject of the book, William Faulkner's nephew Jimmy Faulkner.
Also at the event will be Raymond Cook, the first student to receive a Ph.D. in English from Emory in 1953. He will be signing his book, Mountain Singer, a biography of Byron Herbert Reece. For more information about the event, call (404) 231-9107.