Alan Kinsella: Collecting Political Ephemera, "The Others", and Politics During a Pandemic
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Alan Kinsella: Collecting Political Ephemera, "The Others", and Politics During a Pandemic

Episode description

In this episode we talk to Alan Kinsella about his Irish Election Literature collection, how it has developed, and the advantages of a wide online network that has spread internationally; how political activity has changed during the Covid19 pandemic; his podcast “The Others” and the histories that that explores; and also the state of the contemporary party system since the last election and the current coalition was formed.

Alan will likely be known to any followers of Irish politics as the man behind the Irish Election Literature collection. He digitises a lot of documents on his website and on social media, as well as having exhibited materials several times, including in the National Print Museum (in an exhibition that also included a small selection from the Irish Left Archive), and at party Ard Fheiseanna. He regularly appears in the media as the de facto expert on election material and Irish political ephemera, and has recently started a podcast called “The Others - the Alan Kinsella podcast” in which he tells the stories of some of the smaller groups and parties to have stood in elections over the years.

Alan has also been very generous in donating material to the Irish Left Archive over the years.

Visit the Irish Elecion Literature website at irishelectionliterature.com, or find Alan’s collection on the Irish Political Ephemera Facebook page and on Twitter at @electionlit.


The Irish Left Archive Podcast looks at Left politics in Ireland, talking to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in Left organisations and movements about their experiences of participating in Left parties and campaigns. The podcast is hosted by Ciarán Swan and Aonghus Storey.

View this episode on our website: #5: Alan Kinsella: Collecting Political Ephemera, "The Others", and Politics During a Pandemic.

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