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"We had a really great mini-tour of Scandinavia and all our hosts, Charles, Britta and Irene were so supportive, interesting and generous. We managed to jot down a few notes as we travelled around. This was the first visit to Norway and Sweden for Songs of Joyce. The show was very well received in all three locations and was enjoyed by those new to Joyce aswell as students and academics who felt it brought a fresh insight into the works."
"We performed in the town’s public library in Falun which meant we attracted a great number of members of the public and local politians as well as academic staff and students from the University of Dalarna. "
During our BA studies, this is the first semester that we got a deeper insight into Irish Culture and Literature and a reading event like this was just the perfect way to raise the students’ interest not only in Mr Patterson’s novels, but also in Irish literature in general. Mr Patterson’s great sense of humour and the way he talked about his novels, the city of Belfast and the process of writing made us rush to the library right after the event and borrow his books immediately. It was also amazing that he himself read out some parts of the novel, Fat Lad, which is required reading for our Introduction to Irish Studies lecture course. We do not often have the chance to meet the authors of the reading materials for our courses, and it was not just entertaining and enjoyable but also quite useful; an event like this brings the students closer to the topics discussed in class. My favourite parts of the event were when Mr Patterson described how he chose the titles of his novels and when he talked about his experiences about Hungary and Hungarian people. I enjoyed listening to him, it was so good to hear him talk about Belfast; it was clear that he loves the city where he lives and works.
I was delighted to take part in the 2017 Irish Itinerary, on the German / Dutch circuit. It is an honour to represent Irish writing on continental Europe, and to meet dedicated scholars and readers who take a passionate interest in contemporary Irish literature. The tour was nicely organised for me - with three venues in four days, a lot can go wrong, but the successful administration of the visit meant that it all ran smoothly and pleasantly. I had a lovely welcome at each of my three different venues, and good conversation with a variety of people about Irish writing and publishing. I would gladly recommend the Irish Itinerary to other writers, and would like to express my gratitude to EFACIS for the invitation, and for ensuring I had such a stimulating and enjoyable trip.
"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."
“Tongues in translation: A trilingual evening of poetry and music”:
Report on Gearóid MacLochlainn’s reading in Debrecen as part of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary (2017)
On 8 November 2017 the Centre for Irish Studies in the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen hosted a reading by Belfast poet-performer Gearóid MacLochlainn as part of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary. Unlike in previous years, the reading was organised in a Jazz club in the city, rather than at the university – in compliance with the “unicity” aspirations of the Itinerary – but like in previous years, it proved to be a huge success with over 60 people in the audience.
Apart from the change of venue, this year’s event also departed from previous practice in that our special guest’s reading was conjoined with Irish music by the Debrecen band Luan as well as with a reading by the Debrecen poets Imre Olivér Horváth, György Sebők and Petra Visnyei. The idea to stage the event this way took its cue from crucial aspects of Gearóid’s ars poetica: his emphasis on poetry’s close connections to music and his conception of performance as an integral part of the creative process; both shared by the Debrecen performers.
The polylogue of voices and artistic media worked extremely well (see the enthusiastic audience feedback). The various elements of the evening came into play and jammed with each other, most perfectly in the trilingual rendition of three of our special guest’s poems focusing on language and translation: Gearóid’s trademark macaronic performance, mixing Irish and English, was complemented by Imre Horváth’s Hungarian translations of the poems delivered by the three Debrecen poets respectively.
The audience was also intrigued by the interplay between our special guest’s poetry and the music by Luan, to a great extent orchestrated by his flexibility in selecting what poems to read, as well as by his thoughtful comments on how social, political and cultural developments in Northern Ireland may resonate in a Hungarian context.
The event was a huge success, as the enthusiastic written feedback testifies. The local hosts are immensely grateful to EFACIS and the organisers of the Irish Itinerary for all their work and for securing funds to sponsor this event.
Dr. Marianna Gula
Department of British Studies, Institute of English and American Studies
Head of CIS at the University of Debrecen