By Sean Hardie
The Italo-Irish Literature Exchange was set up in 2012 in the belief that there’s no better way for European countries to understand each other than by sharing and promoting their literatures. The scheme, administered by the Irish Writers’ Centre and its Italian counterpart, Onomi, enables Irish and Italian writers to take part in readings, workshops, school visits and other cultural events in both countries, and to have their work translated and published (by New Island Books in Dublin and Guanda Press in Milan).
Two years ago a group of Irish writers travelled to Verona, giving sell-out readings and seminars. Last year, the Italians came to Ireland. And this June, seven of us – novelists, playwrights, poets – have been selected from over sixty applicants by the Irish Writers’ Centre to represent Ireland. The itinerary takes us to Rome, Benevento and Faenza, with events at various venues over seven days. There will be a function at the Irish Embassy in Rome, workshops, readings and panel discussions with Italian writers. Extensive press and broadcasting coverage of the visit will, it’s hoped, significantly increase the profile of contemporary Irish writers and writing in Italy. Our group includes: Mia Gallagher, Sean Hardie, Afric McGlinchey, Liz McManus, Noel Monahan, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and William Wall.
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