The Irish Itinerary is an Irish cultural tour of Europe. This initiative of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) started in 2013 with the first Irish Itinerary.Read more Discover Circuits
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‘Every song was a pearl on a string – I was sad when it was over’
"The Irish Itinerary was a great success here. Rita Duffy made a fascinating presentation illuminating Irish history, politics, social conditions apart from showing examples of her own art – highly appreciated. Anne Enright's lecture was so rich and her reading magic – I can't remember her being so good ever before. And Sinéad and Darina were absolutely wonderful! ...it was brilliant, funny, poignant, subversive. They brought James joyce back to life. Now I want to look at Joyce again...We want to have them back."
Glenn Patterson’s reading demonstrated to the audience not only that he is a brilliant writer, but also that he is a great performer interacting with and thus involving his audience. His informative and highly enjoyable talk progressed through humorous digressions. At times it was also creatively improvised, as he engaged with the background images, the covers of his novels and Belfast landmarks, key motifs in his two most recent novels. The way he spoke about Belfast, its history and its present, was inspiring; the way he allowed the audience glimpses into the writing process as well as his writerly habits and rituals was intriguing; and the way he spoke about his personal and creative interest in Hungary was fascinating for his Hungarian audience. His reading of passages from his novels – Number 5 and The Rest Just Follows – as well as a journalistic piece about food and writing, prompted by our talks the previous day, was perfectly paced and brilliantly dramatised. It was also thrilling for me personally to listen to his reading of the opening of Fat Lad and then have the chance to read out my translation of the passage in his presence.
The event was a huge success. The local hosts are very grateful to EFACIS and the organisers of the Irish Itinerary for all their work and for securing funds to sponsor this event.
“On 8th April we flew into Prague. Petra, a postgraduate student, met us and took us by tram and metro to the town centre hotel. Justin and Ondrej took us for a lovely meal.
The reading in the Shakespeare bookshop was well attended … there was a very thorough introduction and a reception hosted by the Embassy. Next morning we took the train to Vienna where Werner met us. We attended the Joyce songs and had dinner with Sinead and Darina which was excellent. The reading was more formal in a lecture hall lots of questions, good introduction by Werner, the Ambassador was represented. Next afternoon I did a poetry workshop with 12 students of various backgrounds … they were very eager and Julia organized it well. On Saturday we enjoyed the Austrian festival in the park.
Train to Budapest on Sunday where Borsca met us …. We were very well looked after. Donald and Chilla were great hosts in Debrecen and our reading with interview was well attended. We saw a little of the park with the writers’ statues.
Borsca drove to Pécs on Wednesday; the audience were lovely people mostly women.
Final reading in a large lecture hall at Pázmány Péter University near Budapest. Beautiful campus. Many very erudite questions. I was intrigued by how interested students were in the political aspects of my work.”
"What Richard Did is a beautifully shot, emotionally complex drama which held my attention from beginning to end. Although the storyline is sometimes predictable, the great performance by Jack Raynor, the well written dialogues, and tense soundtrack compensate a lot. It is kind of shocking how one single incident can influence our life. Richard had almost everything a teenager could have wished for: friends, good family and financial background, a beautiful girlfriend, and a great future. But one crucial act and almost everything is destroyed. It is fascinating how different level of emotions go through the movie; happiness, love, rage, insanity, despair... I really like the conclusion of the film, which was a sort of surprise for me, that it is up to us to decide whether Richard confesses his crime or he is able to move on with his life.AISLING GHEAL
Aisling Gheal is an intriguing documentary film about traditional Irish music, Sean-nós, and Irish people who are trying to keep it alive. In my opinion, this film beautifully represents values of music, traditions, and peaceful people’s life in Ireland. The additional sceneries of the wonderful nature make the documentary visually intense. The journey of the young Shahira Apraku is quite an inspiration, but also makes me think of how the younger generation in my country lacks an interest in our traditions. I think she really captures the audience (at least me) with her beautiful voice and unceasing zest. Although I am rather fond of instrumental music this film showed me a really amazing genre."