The Irish Itinerary Podcast is the latest innovation to our longstanding Irish Itinerary circuit which organizes live events with Irish authors and artists in university cities and towns all over Europe. To meet the challenges of the Corona pandemic, we’ll go digital for now. The Irish Itinerary Podcast will allow Irish authors and artists active on the island of Ireland to present their work online. Hosted by leading Irish Studies scholars from across the expansive European network of EFACIS, the readings and performances of Irish authors and artists will be integrated into interviews. This approach will reaffirm and further our EFACIS commitment to marrying Irish culture and scholarship in the field of Irish Studies.
We believe that in times of Corona and other forms of retrenchment in Europe, the role of the arts and the role of scholarship in the humanities to excite, delight, enlighten and connect people as well as to scrutinize, broaden and challenge our experiences, is more vital than ever. In this spirit, the Irish Itinerary Podcast seeks to contribute to transnational dialogues, conversations and discussions.
We thank Gerry Smyth for allowing us to use his tune 'Coming Through Sligo' as jingle and want to express our sincere gratitude to Culture Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Irish College Leuven for their continued and generous support of EFACIS and all formats of the Irish Itinerary.
In his conversation with Sylvie Mikowski, Paul Lynch discusses the significance of his childhood in County Donegal and how aspects of it resurface throughout his literary career, the use of historical material to comment on the present, the significance of plot and the depiction of character psychologies, philosophical novels and reader satisfactions, his reference to the Zen tradition in Beyond the Sea, and on the intersection of style, rhythm and his aspiration to represent “the feeling of the present.”
In her conversation with Hedwig Schwall, Belfast artist Rita Duffy discusses art as a means of cultural and political expression in the age of Brexit and Trump, the significance of textiles, flags and home, the end of capitalism as we knew it, the intersection of art, poetry, and literature, and the importance of humour in art as a means of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland
Belfast writer Jan Carson discusses art and politics, narrative and empathy, magic realism, masculinity and fatherhood in her novel The Fire Starters with EFACIS President, Katharina Rennhak of the University of Wuppertal.