Even the Olives are Bleeding : Irish Writers and the Spanish Civil War


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Paul O’Brien talks about Irish writers’ contribution to the anti-fascist motive all through the Spanish Civil War, together with sections on Charlie Donnelly, Peadar O’Donnell, Tom O’Brien, Ewart Milne, Sean O’Casey, Leslie Daiken, and Owen Sheehy Skeffington.

Originally offered as a reside ZOOM presentation , as a part of the Charlie Donnelly Winter School 2021 . This recording comprises Q&A and dialogue.

“The civil struggle which started in Spain in 1936 used to be a decisive second for lots of writers and artists, when the choices gave the impression to be both fascism or socialism, and many raised their voices in support of Republican Spain.

The poet, Stephen Spender, talking for that era described the length as ‘a rush to the barricades and the printing press’.

Or as the poet and playwright Tom O’Brien (who fought with the International Brigades) wrote extra poetically:
I’ve written poems in phrases
Now I shall write one in motion

There are many superb political and army histories of the occasions in Spain, however there are additionally the writers who’ve left us essays and poems that experience remained alive in the public creativeness and pay tribute to people who fought and died serving in the International Brigades.”

(With because of Paul O’Brien , Caitriona Ni Cassaithe and the East Wall History Group),

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