Guest Speakers for Innovative Brain Event Announced

We are delighted to announce that two very special guest speakers joining us at The Innovative Brain on June 8th at Dublin’s Gibson Hotel.

Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson is one of Ireland’s leading playwrights and screenwriters, and has won awards across the world.  He attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct stage plays. Works for the theatre include Rum  & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir, Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City, The Seafarer, The Veil, The Night Alive and most recently, the Olivier Award winning musical, Girl from the North Country (with Bob Dylan). Adaptations include Strinberg’s Dance of Death, Daphne Du Maurier’s The Birds and Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest.

Awards for his plays include the Laurence Olivier Award, Three Tony Award nominations, The Evening Standard Award, London Critics’ Circle Award, Meyer-Whitworth Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, The George Devine Award, AWB Vincent Literary Award and an honorary D.Litt from University College Dublin.


Gráinne Millar, GM Innovations

Gráinne Millar has over 18 years’ experience in the private and public sectors facilitating innovation and collaborative projects across tourism, heritage and agri-food. She established and successfully developed the much lauded innovation project Culture Night from a small scale start-up in 2007 into an all-island phenomenon in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.  She is co-founder of the Merrion Square Innovation Network in partnership with Fáilte Ireland which has been recognised by the European Commission as a model of innovation in tourism development.

In conversation with Gráinne Millar, Conor McPherson will be speaking about the power of the creative process, touching on themes as varied as where ideas come from, developing and refining creative ideas, and the creative power of collaboration.


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