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Living / Writing Irish and Greek Poetry Symposium, Athens

December 4, 2015 - December 5, 2015

Programme:
In memoriam Spyros Iliopoulos 
(Professor at the University of Athens, Greek translator of W. B. Yeats)
Friday, 4 Dec 2015 
9:00-14:30 : academic session (British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Soudias St.)
9:00 – welcoming addresses:
H.E. The Ambassador of Ireland to the Hellenic Republic, Noel Kilkenny
Director of the British School at Athens, Prof. John Bennet
9:15-10:00
Harry Clifton (poet, former Ireland Professor of Poetry)
“Reacting to Yeats”
(lecture marking the Yeats Year)
10:00-10:30
Prof. William Schultz (University of Athens) 
“Heaney’s Re-coloring of Wordsworth’s Imagination”
10:30-11:00
Prof. David Ricks (King’s College, London) 
Rus in urbe? The Poetry of Tellos Agras”
11:00-11:30
Caitriona O’Reilly (poet, former editor of Poetry Ireland Review
“Poetry and the Wilderness”
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:30
Dr. Leontia Flynn (poet, Queen’s University Belfast) 
“Poetry and Technology”
12:30-13:00
Prof. Jerzy Jarniewicz (poet, University of Lodz) 
“’A green leaf of language’: Female Speakers in the Poetry of Eilean ni Chuilleanain and Nuala ni Dhomhnaill”
13:00-13:30
Dr. Rowena Fowler (independent scholar, formerly University of Bristol) 
“Starlight and Electric Light: Seamus Heaney’s Greece”
13:30-14:00
Dr. Joanna Kruczkowska (University of Athens / University of Lodz) 
“Irish poets on Paros: Desmond O’Grady, Derek Mahon and Michael Longley”
14:00-14:30
Yiorgos Chouliaras (poet, diplomat)
“Greece, Ireland, Poetry: A Single Topic in Three Words?”
Moderator: Dr. Mina Karavanta (University of Athens)
18:00-21:00 : Greek poetry reading (British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Soudias St.) 

Welcoming address: Dean of the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, Prof. Eleni Karamalengou

Yiorgos Chouliaras 
Anna Griva
Liana Sakelliou 
Nasos Vayenas 
Haris Vlavianos
English translations of the Greek poems
(including Mina Karavanta’s translations of Haris Vlavianos)
Moderator: Prof. Maro Germanou (University of Athens)
[wine and small buffet]
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Saturday, 5 Dec 2015 
10:00-11:30: round table discussion (IIHSA, 51a Notara St.) 
“Ireland and Greece: Landscape, Poetry, History”
Symposium participants: Irish, Greek, British, Polish and American poets and scholars, the public
Moderator: Dr. Joanna Kruczkowska (University of Athens / University of Lodz)
11:30-12:00  Coffee break
12:00-16:00 : poetry workshops (IIHSA, 51a Notara St.) 
12:00-13:00 Paula Meehan
13:00-14:00 Theo Dorgan
14:00-15:00 Haris Vlavianos
18:00-21:00 : Irish poetry reading and music (British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Soudias St.) 
Attended by H.E. The Ambassador of Ireland to the Hellenic Republic, Noel Kilkenny
Poetry:
Harry Clifton (former Ireland Professor of Poetry)
Theo Dorgan 
Leontia Flynn 
Paula Meehan (Ireland Professor of Poetry)
Caitriona O’Reilly 
Greek translations of the Irish poems:

Nelly Bouradani: Caitriona O’Reilly, Harry Clifton; Nicolas Gogos: Caitriona O’Reilly; Artemis Griva: Leontia Flynn; Marcia Israelides: Harry Clifton; Socrates Kabouropoulos: Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Harry Clifton

Moderator: Dr. Anna Despotopoulou (University of Athens)
Music:
Prof. Fran O’Rourke (University College Dublin) 
guitar
Traditional songs associated with the work of W. B. Yeats and James Joyce
[wine and small buffet]
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This poetry symposium – poetry readings, an academic discussion and a convivial meeting – will be held in Athens on 4-5 Dec 2015 and is open to the general public.
Situated at two extremes of Europe, Ireland and Greece share some character-making traits of their landscapes: a largely insular structure, an intimate relation with the sea, and historical parallels up to the present day.
Traditionally, inner and outer landscapes of poetry and environment influence one another, and today more than ever this influence has become international. Some of the invited Irish poets have been inspired to create the landscapes of their writing by their Greek experience, just as their Greek counterparts have been inspired by Ireland.
Tourism and travel offers an opportunity for such (self-)discovery but the same, or even more so, holds about reading, writing, or translation as spiritual travel into different places and into one’s own inner world. Cases of intercultural translation, exploration of other cultures through language, the meeting with the Other all complement and expand the notion of space provided by poetry. As opposed to prose including travel writing, poetry disposes of more concise means of landscape representation, and yet often performs in a more convincing and memorable way.
Poets create acts of environmental imagination that “potentially register and energise . . . engagement with the world,” for instance by sending readers to places “where they would otherwise never physically go” or “affecting one’s caring for the physical world” (Lawrence Buell, Writing for an Endangered World).This poetry symposium encourages the expansion of our landscapes, both inner and outer, Irish and Greek.
With special thanks to the H.E. The Ambassador of Ireland to the Hellenic Republic, Noel Kilkenny and the Dean of the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, Prof. Eleni Karamalengou.
View Full Programme HERE

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December 4, 2015
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December 5, 2015
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Venue

ritish School at Athens, Upper House,
Upper House, 52 Soudias St
Athens, Greece
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Start:
December 4, 2015
End:
December 5, 2015
Event Categories:
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Venue

ritish School at Athens, Upper House,
Upper House, 52 Soudias St
Athens, Greece
+ Google Map
Website:
http://www.irellas.com/#!artb_2