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Lecture by Elizabeth Boyle: “Fierce Appetites: Lessons from My Year of Untamed Thinking”

April 14, 2023 @ 4:30 pm


Elizabeth Boyle, Lecturer in Early Irish at Maynooth University in Ireland, presents a lecture based on her Irish Times bestseller Fierce Appetites. In this collection of personal essays, which was shortlisted for the Nonfiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2022, Boyle uses her historical learning to grapple with the raw and urgent questions she faces, questions that have bedeviled people in every age. She writes on grief, addiction, family breakdown, the complexities of motherhood, love and sex, memory, class, education, travel (and staying put) with unflinching honesty, deep compassion and occasional dark humor. Introduced by Visiting Leonard L. Milberg ’52 Professor in Irish Letter Fintan O’Toole.

Elizabeth Boyle smiles with long dark hair, wearing a black blouse.
Elizabeth Boyle. Photo by Bob Foyers

Boyle is Lecturer in Early Irish at Maynooth University, Ireland, where she specializes in the intellectual, cultural and religious history of pre-modern Ireland. Her academic publications include the 2021 monograph History and Salvation in Medieval Ireland, in addition to numerous journal articles. She is the author of the Irish Times bestseller Fierce Appetites, a collection of personal essays which was shortlisted for the Nonfiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2022.

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The lecture is free and open to the public. No advance tickets or registration required.

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April 14, 2023
4:30 pm
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