The first talk in the 2016 Island Voices programme welcomes local playwright Dave Duggan for his lecture, 'Shovel, bayonet and pen: Digging for nationhood with Francis Ledwidge'.

In this presentation, delivered in English with some Irish, dramatist and novelist Dave Duggan considers how Francis Ledwidge, navvy, soldier and poet, turned the sods of his own identity, tilling fields of labour, war and language into a complex nationality that continues to resonate today, a century later.

Returning to the Tower Museum in Derry~Londonderry, guest speakers will each explore the social, cultural and political landscape of Ireland in 1916. This year’s theme concentrates on the complex and sometimes contested relationships which exist between language, identity and nationhood, offering different perspectives on our shared history.

The lectures have been organised to offer audiences the opportunity to revisit an important period in history to reveal the ways in which landmark historical events such as the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme have shaped our understanding of ourselves and each other.

All lectures are free to attend. 


Event Details


Tower Museum
Union Hall Place
BT48 6LU


Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 13:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

All talks are free and lunch is provided. Please book your place by contacting the Tower Museum. Tel: (028) 7137 2411 or email tower@derrystrabane.com