24 episodes

The Nerve is a podcast produced by the English department at Waterford Institute of Technology. Each episode brings together staff and students to discuss a range of topics, including English literature, cultural events and critical theory.

The Nerve Jenny O'Connor

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The Nerve is a podcast produced by the English department at Waterford Institute of Technology. Each episode brings together staff and students to discuss a range of topics, including English literature, cultural events and critical theory.

    Ep 24: Students of English at WIT

    Ep 24: Students of English at WIT

    In the first episode of The Nerve for the new semester, Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined by three English students to talk about the content of the English programme: first year Rebecca Byrne, second year Beibhinn O’Sullivan and third year Lauren Browne. The students discuss the modules they’re studying, the extra-curricular English activities facilitated by staff and the benefits of studying at WIT (there are many!).

    • 35 min
    Ep 23: Books on the Nightstand

    Ep 23: Books on the Nightstand

    In this episode, Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined by colleagues from the School of Humanities to discuss the current books on their nightstand. Dr. Hazel Farrell (Music), Philip Cremin (Religious Studies) and Dr. Christa de Brún (English) talk about the texts they have been enjoying recently and that they would recommend to others. The books include a biography about a woman who created Ireland’s first concert hall and youth orchestra; a bildungsroman about growing up in pre-Troubles Derry; a classic of gay literature that investigates themes of self-denial and the concept of home; a fantasy adventure and theological tome that we all think we know; and a story about the contemporary racial divide in America. These books might make good Christmas presents for the awkward bibliophile in your life! For details on all of the books discussed, see the podcast notes below.

    Olive Smith: A Musical Visionary by Gillian Smith

    Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane

    Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

    Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

    The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

    • 38 min
    Ep 22: Translating Irish Plays

    Ep 22: Translating Irish Plays

    In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined by Dr. José Francisco Fernández Sánchez, a Beckett scholar and expert in translation from the University of Almería in Spain, as well as WIT lecturers Dr. Úna Kealy (English and Theatre Studies) and Andrés Romera (Spanish) who have recently collaborated on a translation of Teresa Deevy’s The King of Spain’s Daughter. The discussion ranges from Samuel Beckett and Teresa Deevy to how to translate colloquial Waterford sayings and how to convey humour in another language.

    • 33 min
    Ep 21: Imagine Arts Festival and Waterford Writers’ Weekend

    Ep 21: Imagine Arts Festival and Waterford Writers’ Weekend

    In this episode, Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined by Jane Keane of the Imagine Arts Festival committee who highlights this year’s not-to-be missed events and talks about how important the Arts scene is for Waterford. The festival incorporates Waterford Writers’ Weekend and also in studio are Dr. Una Kealy and Dr. Fiona Ennis who speak about their festival event, which is entitled “Impossible Situations: Waterford women writing on love and loss”. The Imagine Arts Festival takes place from 18th – 27th October, 2019.

    • 36 min
    Ep 20: Theatre trips: Synge and O’Neill

    Ep 20: Theatre trips: Synge and O’Neill

    Upcoming productions: The Playboy of the Western World, Long Day’s Journey into Night and the Eugene O’Neill Festival

    In this, our twentieth episode of The Nerve, we discuss upcoming theatre productions and the texts behind them. Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined in studio by Dr. Richard Hayes, an O’Neill scholar who tells us about the extraordinary journey of Eugene O’Neill’s family from New Ross to America and the festival that celebrates his life and work in New Ross this October. Also in studio are new first year students Catherine Bradley and Brendan Ahearne who discuss their thoughts on JM Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, which is part of 2019’s Dublin Theatre Festival.

    • 39 min
    Ep 19: Jamie Beamish

    Ep 19: Jamie Beamish

    In this episode, Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined by fellow English and Theatre Studies lecturer, Dr. Kate McCarthy and special guest, WIT alumnus and London-based actor Jamie Beamish. Jamie discusses playing Iago in a Waterford accent, what he learned during his time studying music at WIT, and how a willingness to diversify and adapt is key to the success of any Arts graduate.

    • 40 min

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