Free

Flesh & Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies - Stephen McGann in...

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Irish World Heritage Centre

1 Irish Town Way

Manchester

M8 0AE

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting Stephen McGann, author of Flesh & Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies (Simon & Schuster, 2017) in conversation with Dr Jerome de Groot (University of Manchester), leader of the AHRC Funded project, Double Helix History, examining DNA, public history, genealogy and family history. Please join us for what promises to be an unmissable and unique cultural event exploring the entanglements of autobiography, national history, medical history, DNA and ancestry.

His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s.

His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive.

Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front.

One would be the last man to step off the SS Titanic as it sank beneath the icy waves. He would testify at the inquest.

This is their story.

'The story of my family is a story of maladies: confronted, conquered, surrendered to. This book is a history of my family in seven maladies (hunger, pestilence, exposure, trauma, breathlessness, heart trouble and necrosis)...seven maladies for seven ages of growth that have taken my penniless clan from their blighted Irish potato fields to our relative comfort as British media professionals in the space of a century and a half. These maladies aren't confined to an explanation of medical illness ...They're the teachers, life companions.' (Extract from the Introduction to Flesh & Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies)

Stephen McGann currently appears as Doctor Turner in the hit BBC series Call the Midwife and also appeared with fellow McGanns in the earlier TV series The Hanging Gale set in Famine era Ireland. Born in Liverpool, he is an author, science communicator and passionate advocate of family history, archives and genealogy.

Jerome de Groot is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Manchester and principal investigator of the Arts & Humanities Research Council funded project, Double Helix History, which explores the intersection of family history, public history, DNAand ancestry http://projects.alc.manchester.ac.uk/double-helix-history/about/ . He is the author of The Historical Novel (2009), Consuming History (2008) and Remaking History (2015) and Chair of Manchester Literature Festival.

This event is kindly supported by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade under their Emigrant Support Programme and by the AHRC funded project, 'Double Helix History', at the University of Manchester.



Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Irish World Heritage Centre

1 Irish Town Way

Manchester

M8 0AE

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved