We at Liberties Press are honoured to be hosting an event to celebrate the life of Maurice Craig with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. We first published Maurice's Dublin 1660-1860: The Shaping of a City
as part of our 'Revival' series, which also saw Thomas Kilroy's The Big Chapel
and Leland Bardwell's Girl on a Bicycle
brought back into publication. Before Maurice's passing in May of 2011, we had been working on his first poetry publication since the 1940s. With the help of his son, Michael, and Dr Andrew Carpenter and Lucy Collins of UCD, Poems
was published in September last year and Maurice's long and varied life was much celebrated. We look forward to joining his Belfast friends and family to do so again.
8 March 2012 in Clifton House, Belfast, at 7pm
A Tribute to Maurice Craig, Founding Vice President of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
Join fellow members of the UAHS in a convivial celebration of the many talents of Maurice Craig who became Vice President of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society soon after its formation and took an active interest throughout his life in the progress of the organisation. He attended anniversary celebrations, wrote Gender at Sea for Avenues to the Past, and allowed the Society to use several of his early photographs for The Buildings of Armagh (1992). Maurice Craig was born in Belfast in 1919 and died in Dublin in May 2011. He was educated at Castle Park School, Dalkey, and Shrewsbury before winning a history scholarship to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he occupied Charles Stewart Parnell’s former rooms. He was soon told that he was unlikely to make a historian and would do better in English literature. He subsequently completed a doctorate at Trinity College, Dublin, on Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), a contemporary of Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Maurice wrote on subjects as diverse as Irish bookbindings, biography, poetry, and topography, but it is for his books on architectural subjects that he is best known. Shane O’Toole points out that Maurice Craig was ‘not merely erudite, his descriptive prose remains a joy to read, conveying a sense of pleasure that has opened the eyes of successive Irish generations to the built heritage of the island, both grand and humble.’ Maurice Craig left to us all an amazing legacy in words and pictures and this evening will allow us to enjoy the fruits of his labour and learn more about a man who had such an influence on the appreciation of our architectural heritage.
Michael Craig, his son and collaborator on Mausolea Hibernica, will share some memories of his father. Professor Andrew Carpenter, UCD, who selected and edited Poems - the first collection of Maurice Craig's poetry since the 1940s, published in 2011 by Liberties Press - will introduce and read some of his poetry. Maurice was a skilful photographer and, again in 2011, a collection of this work entitled Photographs was published by Lilliput Press. Maurice’s photographs had a human quality and often included children playing in a street, his dog, Bimbi, or his vintage touring car, a beautiful 1930 Delage.
There will be an opportunity to purchase Poems
, Dublin 1660-1860: The Shaping of a City
and UAHS publications. This event is hosted by the UAHS, Liberties Press and Lilliput Press. The cost per person is £5 which includes light refreshments. To register your name, contact:
Administrator, UAHS, 66 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1BU