project
IRELLAS
 
The Greek Connection: Irish Poets and Contemporary Greece is an interdisciplinary project exploring the relations between contemporary Greece and Ireland.
 
Spanning the domains of ecocriticism, translation studies, postcolonial theory and reception, the project reaches out into the disciplines of ecology, history, politics, sociology, and anthropology. Via literature it focuses on landscape, myth, tourism and travel, as well as historical and political issues in both countries.

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author of the project
Dr. Joanna Kruczkowska
 
Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellow currently working on the IRELLAS project at the University of Athens (2015-2016).
She is also Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Institute of English Studies of the University of Lodz, Poland.

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The project has been hosted by Prof. Evangelia Sakelliou, Head of the English Department of the University of Athens.
Prof. Sakelliou has also contributed to the work plan of the project.

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poets

Derek

Mahon

Seamus

Heaney

C. P.

Cavafy

George

Seferis

landscape ecocriticism tourism and travel barbarians history politics globalisation postcolonialism memory heritage identity translation cultural literary reception myth tropes symbols archaeology digging in the ground the bog the past anthropology sea islands γαλήνη
activities
LIVING/
WRITING
LIVING / WRITING
 
INNER AND OUTER LANDSCAPES
OF IRISH AND GREEK POETS

University of Athens, Greece
& University of Lodz, Poland

4-5 December 2015

British School at Athens
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens
 
PROGRAMME & PHOTOS
 
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LIVING/
WRITING
IRISH POETRY
 
5 Dec 2015
 
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies
at Athens
12-2 p.m.
 
&
 
British School at Athens
6-9 p.m.
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LIVING/
WRITING
ACADEMIC SESSION
 
4 Dec 2015
 
British School at Athens 
 
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 
5 Dec 2015
 
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies
at Athens
 
10-11.30 a.m.
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LIVING/
WRITING
GREEK POETRY
 
4 Dec 2015
 
British School at Athens 
6-9 p.m.
 
&
 
5 Dec 2015
 
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies
at Athens
2-3 p.m
 
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PUBLICATIONS
CONNECTED WITH THE PROJECT
1. Heaney / Mahon / modern Greece
2. Heaney / Mahon / Seferis / politics, landscape 
3. Mahon / Seferis / irony 
4. Mahon / Greece and Ireland / myth, tourism / Elytis
5. Mahon / Longley / Cyclades
6. Mahon / tourism
7. Paula Meehan / Greece / landscape
 
RELATED TO THE PROJECT
8. Seferis / Eliot / Auden / Cyprus: politics, landscape 
9. Cavafy / translation / Poland 
10. Modern Greek poetry anthologies / Poland 
11. Herbert / myth / Crete
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INTERVIEW
in ENGLISH
 
Jeffrey Carson
Yiorgos Chouliaras
Harry Clifton
Theo Dorgan
Konstantina Georganta
Jerzy Jarniewicz
Stella Lubsen
Paula Meehan
Caitriona O'Reilly
Richard Pine
David Ricks
Liana Sakelliou
Haris Vlavianos
 
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INTERVIEW
in FRENCH and GREEK
 
[FRENCH] 
Maria Tsoutsoura
 
[GREEK] 
Άννα Γρίβα (Anna Griva)
Νάσος Βαγενάς (Nasos Vayenas)
 
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CONFERENCE
PAPERS
IRISH POETS ON PAROS: DESMOND O’GRADY, DEREK MAHON AND MICHAEL LONGLEY
 
POETRY SYMPOSIUM
 
Living / Writing:
Inner and Outer Landscapes of Irish and Greek Poets
 
Athens, 4-5 December 2015
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CONFERENCE
PAPERS
DEREK MAHON'S CAVAFY: TRANSLATION, ADAPTATION, POLITICS
 
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
 
Translation in Exile
 
Brussels, 9-11 December 2015
 
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CONFERENCE
PAPERS
DECADENT TOURISM IN DEREK MAHON'S THE YELLOW BOOK
 
10th EFACIS CONFERENCE
 
Beyond Ireland: Boundaries, Passages, Transitions
 
Palermo, 3-6 June 2015
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CONFERENCE
PAPERS
COMMUNICATION IN THE LAND OF GODS: SEAMUS HEANEY IN GREECE
 
ICA CONFERENCE
 
 Expanding Communication: Old Boundaries and New Frontiers
 
Lodz, 9-11 April 2015
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GUEST
LECTURE
SEAMUS HEANEY
AND THE LINGUISTIC TRADITION
 
This lecture was delivered during Prof. Evangelia Sakelliou's Creative Writing Seminar at the University of Athens on 7 May 2015.
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GUEST
LECTURE
DEREK MAHON'S TRANSLATIONS OF CAVAFY: BETWEEN ALEXANDRIA AND BELFAST
 
Problematics series lecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 18 Nov 2015
 
CAVAFY OF THE TROUBLES
 
Translation seminar lecture, Ionian University, 11 Jan 2016
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GUEST
LECTURE
MODERN GREEK POETRY TRANSLATION IN POLAND
 
Two lectures delivered at the University of Athens (16 Dec 2015) and the Ionian University (11 Jan 2016).
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PHOTO
PROJECT
DEREK MAHON: ACHILL (IRE)
 
This part of the photo project illustrates Irish landscapes of Derek Mahon's poem "Achill". It was a real adventure. The trip to Achill in search of the view of Croagh Patrick consisted of six stages...
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PHOTO
PROJECT
DEREK MAHON: ACHILL (GR)
 
The Greek frame of reference for Mahon's poem "Achill": the Cycladic islands of Naxos and Paros as evoked in the poem.
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PHOTO
PROJECT
DEREK MAHON: CHRISTMAS IN KINSALE (IRE)
 
Mahon's poem "Christmas in Kinsale," though set in the universal perspective, led me to the south of Ireland steeped in the beautiful May light.
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PHOTO
PROJECT
DEREK MAHON: CHRISTMAS IN KINSALE (GR)
 
At the end of this poem, an image of the essential Cycladic landscape counterbalances all the chaos of the modern world.
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PHOTO
PROJECT
DEREK MAHON: BANISHED GODS (GR)
 
This poem has two different versions: the first one is about "Delos," the second about "Paros". This photo project was conducted on Delos.
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PHOTO
PROJECT
MICHAEL LONGLEY: A HUNDRED DOORS (GR)
 
This poem is set in the Cycladic island of Paros, in one of the oldest Byzantine churches: Our Lady of a Hundred Doors (Εκατονταπυλιανή).
 
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PHOTO
PROJECT
LOUIS MACNEICE: THE STRAND
 
Louis MacNeice, another poet from the North, one of Mahon's favourite and his predecessor in poeticising Achill. While on the Strand, I could not stop thinking of his poem.
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PHOTO
PROJECT
HARRY CLIFTON: WICKLOW
 
Fond of the Wicklow landscape, Harry Clifton has developed a special connection with it. The eponymous poem of his Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass is also located in this spacious scenery.
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PHOTO
PROJECT
HARRY CLIFTON: BLASKETS
 
"The Year of the Yellow Meal" features one of the most mythologised and at the same time researched parts of the Gaeltacht: Blasket Islands and Teeraght, the last lighthouse before America...
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under REA grant agreement n° 623747.

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