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For me, attending Glenn Patterson’s reading was a first time. I have never been at an author’s event before so I am grateful for this opportunity. It was a really enjoyable experience. It was interesting to hear him read from his own works; and as a Hungarian, I found it nice of him to choose a passage from Number 5 with a Hungarian character in it. The stereotypes about Hungarian people were surprisingly and hilariously accurate so it definitely made me even more interested in this novel. What I really appreciated though was that the passages he read from The Rest Just Follows had a lifelike atmosphere. Even though the action in the passage he read out is set in the 1970s in Belfast, it still managed to evoke some nice memories of mine as well. However, the best parts of the reading were when Mr Patterson talked about his own life and his writing process. I would have never guessed that he still writes with a pen, a memorable detail for me. I also like the idea that each book he writes requires a different setting both physically and mentally than the previous ones. On the whole, it was a pleasant event; it was funny and thought-provoking at the same time.
Mary McPartlan sang in Prague at the Marjánka dance hall on 20 November, accompanied by Aidan Brennan and Pádraic Keane to a dedicated and enthusiastic audience, aged 5 months to 60 years – even an impromptu jig was danced by some audience members during the final number. The concert was followed by a music session in a Scottish bar owned by the concert producer where our Irish guests were astonished to see that, as soon as they played the first few bars of the first tune, about 20 people whipped out their instruments and joined in. It turned out that some of the participants travelled over 200 km to be able to play with Mary, Aidan and Pádraic. The wave of energy was simply amazing, and needless to say, the session turned out to be long. In addition, Mary lectured to Charles University students on Irish women singers on 21 November.
“The title for my lecture is 'Significant Garments'. I will present a series of images created over the last 25 years of my visual art practice. A haute couture of garments that have multiple readings, ranging from police protective outer wear to Mairead Farrells Parka jacket worn in Armagh Women's prison.”
“… I had an incredibly inspiring time and everything was wonderfully well organised. France was wonderful I love this life travelling and lecturing.”
“What a wonderful experience in Braga, I am sorry to be leaving”
“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.”
"In the spring of 2014 the Centre for Irish Studies of the Institute of English and American Studies, Debrecen University organised the screening of two Irish films sponsored by EFACIS, Culture Ireland, IFI and the Arts Council of Ireland. To make the events available to the general public both films were screened (free of charge) in the Apolló movie theatre, the municipal cinema of Debrecen during the Debrecen Spring Festival: What Richard Did (dir. Lenny Abrahamson, 2012) on 7 April, 6 p. m.; and Aisling Gheal (dir. Dónal Ó Céilleachair, 2013) on 8 April, 6 p.m.
The turnout was great on both nights with more than 80 people in the audience on the first night – the room could not accommodate all those who showed up and even the stairs were occupied and around 60 people the second night. On both nights before the screening I provided a brief introduction, locating the films in the context of Irish film and contemporary Irish culture.
The audience was receptive to both films, so the Debrecen Centre for Irish Studies is very grateful to EFACIS and the organizers of the Irish Itinerary Programme that they applied for and secured the funds to sponsor this programme."