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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“Claire Kilroy's reading on Bloomsday in Wuppertal was a great success. The Irish Itinerary really is a fantastic programme!
At least 70 students, colleagues and Wuppertal citizens very much enjoyed the whole event. Claire Kilroy was an immensely charming guest, her reading from The Devil I Know was wholly enjoyable and she was very enthusiastic and gave us a lot of food for thought during the Q&A session after the reading. In addition, she spent hours signing her books and chatting with indivdual visitors after the event proper.
I am also very grateful for the suggestion of the main organizers of the Irish Itinerary to find a location in the city center and to avoid the university premises. Doubting that many students would find their way into town after a long day on our (commuter) campus, I was skeptical, at first, whether this would prove to be a good idea. But it did! The proprietor and staff of the SWANE cafe were lovely hosts (who did not take any entrance fees and did not want me to pay for any of Claire Kilroy's drinks) and the location itself was just perfect. Although the audience consisted mostly of students, other interested people, who would probably not have joined us on campus, also found their way to the event. My colleagues and I were absolutely delighted and would certainly love to organise similar events in the future.”
“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.”
"Irish writer Mary Morrissy provided interesting new perspectives on her short story Miss Ireland. In order to give the audience an idea of the elements that formed the basis of Miss Ireland, the author presented a valuable historical description of Ireland in the sixties and revealed some personal memories. Morrissy’s seminar provided an excellent opportunity to receive an interesting insight into the creation of a story and it taught me how to interpret a story in a critical way."
“Claire's reading went extremely well. We enjoyed it immensely and Claire was a wonderful guest and brilliant reader. We had advertised the event at university and we forwarded the info to the university's press office. We had also availed of the German-Irish Society Saarland's mailing list to spread the word. The Q&A-Session alone lasted for about 80 mins: the audience seemed to enjoy it greatly and especially our students asked many questions. We were all very much taken by Claire Kilroy who was such an interesting and thought-provoking speaker, and who spoke very openly and in a very personal way about The Devil I Know, the creative process and about the socio-historical context of the novel.”
Glenn Patterson’s reading was a delightful event. He talked with a great sense of humour and grabbed everyone's attention with his words. I was surprised and excited at the same time to see how he is different than the image I had built in my mind about him. I was inspired by how he carries pen and pencil in his pocket so he could write anytime, and the way he appreciates nature and his city, Belfast. Through his words, I could envision what it is like to stand on top of Cave Hill and look down on his beloved city, and through his description and short reading from his book Number 5, I felt that everyone has a story of their own, none is more or less significant than the other, and even the smallest things, the most simple practices of life can be turned into beautiful writing.