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The Hist Presents: A Talk with George R. R. Martin

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George R. R. Martin will be presented with the Burke Medal by the Hist on August 27th.

On Tuesday, August 27th, the Hist is delighted to welcome world-renowned author George R.R. Martin, to speak to the Society and receive the prestigious Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Discourse through the Arts. The event will take the format of a presentation and speech, followed by a Q&A

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Martin is best known for writing the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series which has sold over 90 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 47 languages. The fourth and fifth volumes reached the top of The New York Times Best Seller lists upon their releases and serve as the source material for the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones”. In 2011, Martin, was named as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

As a celebrated author, George R.R. Martin’s exploration of difficult themes has inspired countless people worldwide to examine, more-closely, the fabric of our society. Through his work, the reader has encountered new concepts, ideas, and emotions. This is precisely the contribution to public discourse that the Burke Medal aims to recognise.

Admission to the event is on a first-come first-served basis and we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there!

College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door. Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin and a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up. For incoming first-year students, an email with proof of acceptance will suffice.

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