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 perhaps a dollop of critical theory here and there. Upcoming episodes will also feature special guests.
In the first episode of The Nerve, Dr. Jenny O’Connor speaks to Dr. Una Kealy about Teresa Deevy, a Waterford playwright born in 1894. Deevy’s play “Katie Roche” is currently running at the Abbey theatre in Dublin and a revival of her work (in the Mint Theatre in New York as well as in her native Waterford) has seen a return to public consciousness of the woman and her work.
Also in studio are second year English students Alessia Zuccarelli and Caleb O’Connor, who give their views on the play, discussed aspects of the Arts degree at WIT as well as discussing the benefits of taking part in Close Encounters of the English kind: A Teresa Deevy Special.
Close Encounters of the English kind is the second in a series of inter-year days designed to allow English and Theatre Studies students and staff to get together to workshop and discuss one writer featured across the year groups on the English and Theatre Studies programmes within the Arts Degree. Last year's event was held in Colaiste na Rinne and entitled "Synge in Ring" when students finished the day by performing Haiku on the beach. This year the featured writer is Teresa Deevy and the featured text is Deevy's play Katie Roche. Close Encounters of the English kind: A Teresa Deevy Special will take place from 9.15 - 4pm in the WIT College Street campus (Dance Studio and Chapel) on Wednesday 27th September 2017 and all English and Theatre Studies students are strongly encouraged to attend.