“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”
“I thought I would enjoy Scandanavia and I did; enjoyed, too, the spirit of the perenigration. It is sad to think that Irene and Britta are retiring from Irish studies, though there seems to be no stopping those chicks, I feel they will go and go.
So, lots of hard work and good people, and snow - some sense of connection, too - these, to quote Julie Andrews, are a few of my favorite things.”
“On 8th April we flew into Prague. Petra, a postgraduate student, met us and took us by tram and metro to the town centre hotel. Justin and Ondrej took us for a lovely meal.
The reading in the Shakespeare bookshop was well attended … there was a very thorough introduction and a reception hosted by the Embassy. Next morning we took the train to Vienna where Werner met us. We attended the Joyce songs and had dinner with Sinead and Darina which was excellent. The reading was more formal in a lecture hall lots of questions, good introduction by Werner, the Ambassador was represented. Next afternoon I did a poetry workshop with 12 students of various backgrounds … they were very eager and Julia organized it well. On Saturday we enjoyed the Austrian festival in the park.
Train to Budapest on Sunday where Borsca met us …. We were very well looked after especially by her kind husband who cooked …Donald and Chilla were great hosts in Debrecen and our reading with interview was well attended. We saw a little of the park with the writers’ statues.
Borsca drove to Pécs on Wednesday; the audience were lovely people mostly women.
Final reading in a large lecture hall at Pázmány Péter University near Budapest. Beautiful campus. Many very erudite questions. I was intrigued by how interested students were in the political aspects of my work.”
Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher
"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. "
"Winter sun in Nijmegen, snow and ice in Brussels and Leuven, blizzards in Kortrijk but the weather paled into the background. What I'll remember is the brightness and curiosity of the students I met, who made me think about my work in a new way; Hedwig Schwall's irrepressible energy; the exquisite beauty of Leuven; the warm welcome at the Irish College and the famine soup recipe courtesy of Chris Cusack, one of my hosts at Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen."
From Professor Irene Nordin
‘Every song was a pearl on a string – I was sad when it was over’
Professor Brita Olinder, Gothenburg
"The Irish Itinerary was a great success here. Rita Duffy made a fascinating presentation illuminating Irish history, politics, social conditions apart from showing examples of her own art – highly appreciated. Anne Enright's lecture was so rich and her reading magic – I can't remember her being so good ever before. And Sinéad and Darina were absolutely wonderful! ...it was brilliant, funny, poignant, subversive. They brought James joyce back to life. Now I want to look at Joyce again...We want to have them back."
“It was lovely to meet Mary Morrissy, and the workshop provided me with food for thought in my own writing. Keep up the good work.”
"Irish writer Mary Morrissy provided interesting new perspectives on her short story Miss Ireland. In order to give the audience an idea of the elements that formed the basis of Miss Ireland, the author presented a valuable historical description of Ireland in the sixties and revealed some personal memories. Morrissy’s seminar provided an excellent opportunity to receive an interesting insight into the creation of a story and it taught me how to interpret a story in a critical way."
"I really liked it! I already had a soft spot for James Joyce's poetry and folk music separately, and I thought the combination very appealing. I am looking forward to hearing the entire CD." (on Gerry Smyth's performance)
"The little brochure we received with the lyrics of the songs really helped to follow the songs and understand their meanings. Gerry Smyth has a wonderful voice and a great sense of humour. The voice of his daughter on tape was even more beautiful . I never really heard any Irish music but I could appreciate it when I heard Gerry Smyth playing it. All in all this was a nice and playful course and I enjoyed it to the fullest."