Schedule for Radio Myles: Brian O’Nolan and Irish Radio Broadcasting

This first-of-a-kind online workshop explores the work of Brian O’Nolan and his contemporaries in the context of radio technology.

You can learn more by reading the Call for Papers (now closed) or contacting the organisers, Joseph LaBine and Tobias W. Harris, at We are grateful to Birkbeck College, University of London, for hosting and supporting this event.


1 April 2023






Workshop begins at 12:00 BST / 12:00 UTC + 1 / USA 07:00 ET/ 05:00 MT.

Times given are in BST / UTC+1 / Dublin Mean Time

11:45 – Optional technical check on Microsoft Teams

12:00 – Opening remarks, introductions and housekeeping 

Joseph LaBine, Tobias W. Harris

12:15 – First Keynote

“Radio Heads and Loud Speakers: Of Networks and their Interruption in Europe Between the Wars”, Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)

Chair: Tobias W. Harris

13:00-14:30 GMT – First round table

10-15 minute talks followed by 15 mins of discussion

Chair: Tobias W. Harris

13:00-13:30 – “Airplays: Radio Adaptations of Brian O’Nolan’s Fiction and Columns”, Paul Fagan (Maynooth University)

13:30-14:00 – “Radio “Modernism and the Radio Éireann Players”, Adam Pickens (Florida State University)

14:00-14:30 “The insufferable bane of our age’: O’Nolan, the radio, and self-critique”, Elliott Mills (Trinity College, Dublin)

14:30-15:00 – Break

15:00-16:30 GMT – Second round table

10-15 minute talks followed by 15 mins of discussion

Chair: Joseph LaBine

15:00-15:30 “Radio Phonics: At Swim-Two-Birds,” Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck)

15:30-16:00 “The Eternal Appeal of Thirst: Why O’Nolan’s Most-Reprised Play Works So Well for Radio”, Chris Deliso (Skopje, North Macedonia)

16:00-16:30 “‘Radio Free Joyce’ revisited”, Tobias W. Harris (Birkbeck)

16:30-16:45 – Break

16:45 – 17:30 Second Keynote

Chair: Joseph LaBine

“The Sonic Imagination of Flann O’Brien: Radio and Recorded Sound in Irish Modernism”, Zan Cammack (Utah Valley University)

17:30 – 17:45 Closing remarks

Esther Leslie, Zan Cammack, Tobias W. Harris, Joseph LaBine

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