Irsk litteraturfestival i Oslo
Samme helg som St. Patrick’s Day feires i byen, blir det festival med ny irsk litteratur på Litteraturhuset. Kjente irske forfattere kommer for å snakke om og lese fra bøkene sine og diskutere sine arbeider med norske forfatterkollegaer. Festivalen har også eget barneprogram. Den irske illustratøren og barnebokforfatteren Chris Judge holder tegneworkshop for fire- til åtteåringene. Det blir også visning av film av Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers er prisvinnende forfatter av bl.a. Mistet og funnet og Opp og ned.
Festivalen er delvis finansiert av den irske ambassaden, og alle arrangementer er gratis. Se her for oppdatert festivalprogram. Arrangementene foregår på engelsk.
Saturday 15. March
kl 11 Children’s Drawing workshop with Chris Judge
kl 11 Creative Writing Workshop
kl 14 Family Friendly Screening of Oliver Jeffers Lost & Found
kl 15 Children’s Reading & Book Launch of Chris Judge’s The Lonely Beast
kl 17.30 Book Launch of John Kelly‘s From Out of The City
kl 18.30 John Kelly & Kjersti Skomsvold in conversation with Belinda Mc Keon
kl 20.30 Anne Enright and Eimear Mc Bride in conversation with John Kelly
Chris Judge is an illustrator and children’s picture book author from Dublin. His first book ´The Lonely Beast` won the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year 2011. He won the BordGáis Energy Children’s Book of the year award with his second book `The Great Explorer`, published in 2012. Chris’s third book, The Brave Beast, was published in March 2013 and sees his Beast character conquer his fears in an all new adventure. Chris will be publishing 2 new picture books with Andersen press in 2014. The Lonely Beast ABC app, which Chris created with his brother Simon and friend James Kelleher, is currently featured in the new iPad campaign worldwide. A second app called The Lonely Beast 123 was released in November 2013.
Chris’s book The Great Explorer is being translated into Norwegian in Spring 2014 and will be launched during the Irrgrønn festival.
Chris will lead a children’s drawing workshop on saturday 15th march at 11hr – 13hr
Chris will also give a reading from his new book and will be around to sign copies from 15hr Saturday 15 March.
John Kelly is a novelist and Ireland’s best loved arts broadcaster. His published works include The Little Hammer and Sophisticated Boom Boom. His short stories have appeared in The Stinging Fly and various anthologies. A radio play The Pipes was broadcast in 2013 by RTE, the Irish National Broadcaster. His novel From Out of the City will be published by Dalkey Archive in March 2014. ‘John Kelly is an immensely gifted writer – he can do things with the spoken language that are rare to behold and behear.’ Tom Paulin
John will be launching his latest novel From Out of the City during Irrgrønn at 18hr on Saturday 15th March. Norwegian author Kjersti Skomsvold will launch the book and will be in conversation with John and Belinda Mc Keon directly afterwards.
Kjersti A. Skomsvold
Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold made her literary debut in 2009 with the novel Jo fortere jeg går, jo mindre er jeg (The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am). The book was nominated for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, the P2-listeners’ Novel Prize and won the Tarjei Vesaas’ Debutant Prize. It was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013. A dramatised version of the novel is currently showing at the National Theatre, Oslo.
In 2012 Skomsvold published her second novel, Monstermenneske. It was shortlisted for the P2-listeners’ Novel Prize and Natt & Dag’s Best Book of 2012.
Kjersti will be in conversation with John Kelly and Belinda Mc Keon at 18hr on Saturday the 15 March.
Belinda McKeon was born in Ireland and now lives in New York. She is the author of one novel, Solace (Picador), which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was named Irish Book of the Year 2011. She teaches at Barnard College and also works as an arts journalist, publishing in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Paris Review and elsewhere. Her second novel is due for publication in 2015.
Belinda will be in conversation with Donal Ryan and John Kelly at 20.00 hr on Friday 14th March.
Anne Enright was born in Dublin in 1962, studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her novel The Gathering. Her other titles include The Forgotten Waltz, Yesterday’s Weather, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood and The Portable Virgin. She has been published in The New Yorker, London Review of Books and Granta magazines.
Other awards include 2010 Irish Book of the Decade (BordGáis Energy Irish Book Awards) for The Gathering and the Whitbread Novel Award for What Are You Like?
Anne will be in discussion with Eimear Mc Bride and John Kelly at 20.00 hr Saturday 15th March
Eimear Mc Bride
Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland. Her first novel ‘ Girl is a Half-formed Thing has been met with much acclaim and has been compared with the work of James Joyce. She was the recipient of the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize for the novel. Toby Lichtig writing in The New Humanist said of the novel “the authors use of language is so unique, so instantly inimitable that ‘McBridean’ deserves to be an adjective.”
Eimear will be in conversation with Anne Enright and John Kelly on Saturday 15th March at 20.00hr.
FOTO: Belinda McKeon