Irish-German readings with ‘Dublin One City One Book 2017’ author Joe Joyce and poet Eva Bourke,
Date: 15 September 2017, 7-8pm
Venue: University of Limerick, Analog Devices Building, room AD2010,
Free event – register at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/reading-by-joe-joyce-eva-bourke-book-presentations-tickets-36225916692
As part of the 17th International Conference in Irish-German Studies Irish-German Relations 2017: Between Böll and Brexit there will be a public reading on 15 September at the University of Limerick, Analog Devices Building, room AD2010.
The reading will feature Joe Joyce, journalist and author of the trilogy Echoland (Dublin One City One Book Choice 2017), Echobeat and Echowave; Echoland is a spy novel, set during the second World War in Dublin, describing the hardships and great dangers of the Emergency period while also making good use of humour and pitch-perfect dialogues that make the characters come to life. Joyce is also the author of The Trigger Man (set during the Irish ‘Troubles’ in the late 1980s) and Off the Record (set in the 1970s world of Irish journalism), as well as of the history/biography of The Guinnesses and a critically acclaimed play, The Tower, about James Joyce and Oliver St John Gogarty.
Eva Bourke (Galway/Berlin) is an Irish poet and translator and a member of Aosdána. Bourke was born in Germany but has lived for much of her life in Galway, Ireland. She studied German Literature and History of Art at the University of Munich. Her poetry collections include Gonella (1985), Litany for the Pig (1990), Spring in Henry Street (1996), Travels With Gandolpho (2000) and Piano (2011). Together with Vincent Woods (RTE’s Arts Tonight presenter) she edited Fermata (2016) and in 2010 with Borbála Faragó an anthology of Irish immigrant poetry entitled Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland published by Dedalus.
There will be also a short presentation of recent publications in Irish-German Studies, both concerning the history of refugees in Ireland and, keeping within the theme of the 1930s and 1940s, Siobhán O’Connor’s monograph Irish Government Policy and Public Opinion towards German-Speaking Refugees, 1933-1943 (2017) and An Irish Sanctuary- German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 by Gisela Holfter and Horst Dickel (2017). The event will be chaired by Professor Emeritus Eoin Bourke, NUI Galway.
The conference Between Böll and Brexit celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Centre for Irish-German Studies and is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Heinrich Böll Stiftung; the Austrian and German Embassies; the Goethe Institut Irland and the University of Limerick. To view the full programme and to register, visit http://www.ulsites.ul.ie/irishgerman/upcoming-events. Registration for single days is available.