Deborah Bower

Deborah Bower

About the postcard My postcard channels the spirit of two friends – Iris Murdoch and Mary Midgley. I came up with the piece – which is also a downloadable font! – while researching in the Midgley Archives at Durham University. There were several letters in the archive that Iris had written to Mary discussing the … Read More

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

About the postcard On 11th July 2019, An Post issued a commemorative stamp to mark the centenary of the birth of Iris Murdoch, author and philosopher. An Post stamps mark significant aspects of Irish life and culture and ore produced on behalf of the state.  The stamp and first day cover were illustrated and designed by … Read More

Lori Eanes / Bernadette Cody-Carstensen

Lori Eanes / Bernadette Cody-Carstensen

About the postcard In this photo Lori captures Bernadette in her studio. The painting Bernadette is working on is inspired by both Murdoch and Anscombe, their idea that philosophy can be found in ordinary life. For Murdoch, the “transcendent” can be reached through everyday things where the material world can sometimes become a bridge to … Read More

Aleana Egan

Aleana Egan

About the postcard “This business of symbols is rather confusing. I am not, I think, a symbolic writer in any allegorical or complete sense. Symbols come in, perhaps more in some novels than in others. I would want them to come in a completely natural way, through the characters. That is, being a symbol maker … Read More

Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch

About the postcard Title: Dog of Happiness Medium: Ink sketch on postcard Hand drawn by Iris Murdoch Size: 15 x 10cm Year: c1959 From the Iris Murdoch Collections at Kingston University Archives Catalogue Number KUAS100/1/38 Statement Iris sent this postcard to her friend Philippa Foot in 1959 or 1960. The pair’s close friendship had been tested … Read More

Eimearjean McCormack

Eimearjean McCormack

About the postcard Title: Untitled Medium: Four colour silkscreen printed on 300g Somerset paper. Hand printed by Eimearjean McCormack Size: 50x70cm Year: 2019 Statement ‘I was the dreamer, I the magician. How much, I see as I look back, I read into it all, reading my own dream text and not looking at the reality.’ … Read More

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

About the postcard The piece is a response to Iris Murdoch’s essay ‘The Sublime and the Good’. In this brisk and dogmatic text, Murdoch works (and sometimes cuts) through Tolstoy, Kant and Hegel, to tackle definitions of art, morality and the sublime. What struck me most in this writing was the way it so deftly … Read More

Carol Sommer

Carol Sommer

About the postcard Making a distinction between the image and the real is a key aspect of Iris Murdoch’s twentieth century philosophy. Against the contemporary backdrop of Web 2.0, the depiction (and definition) of happiness and reality is ambiguous in ways more than metaphysical. ‘I think I’m happy, she thought, but am I real?’ is … Read More

Trina Hobson

Trina Hobson

About the postcard “The thinking behind it was based on Iris’s curiosity about people, life and everything really. I chose the colours to reflect nature and vibrancy. I edited out all the unnecessary to create a feeling of calm and stillness and used a simple outline for the figure. The pose represents her listening.”   … Read More

Amelia O’Donnell

Amelia O’Donnell

About the postcard I drew the average person, as Plato said stuck in a cave with a fire casting shadows on the wall the shadow of the outside world. However, as we know shadows are often not a reality. These eyes can be opened up, to see the light. And if anyone would just wear … Read More