On a bitterly cold, late November evening we were treated to a warm conversation with two of Ireland's most prominent contemporary, female writers, Anne Enright and Lucy Caldwell. The event, chaired by Professor Hedwig Schwall, saw both writers share their unique insights into what being Irish and "Irishness" means to them in 21st century Ireland and abroad. Enright engaged the audience with her always sharp and often subversive humour and captivated with her readings. The more soft-spoken Caldwell regaled us with stories of her hometown of Belfast and gave accounts of how Northern Ireland has acted as an ever-present inspiration on her work as a writer. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for everyone in attendance and a testament to LCIS and EFACIS's dedicated promotion of Irish culture across Europe.
Francis Shortle, Cultural Studies student (KU Leuven)
Photos courtesy of Erik Derycke