Sunday 21 January 2018

Franco-Irish festival to bridge generation gap

Literary giants of two nations gather for a festival that tackles the present and the future, says Andrea Byrne

Andrea Byrne

Generations and their depiction in literature is the theme of this year's Franco-Irish literary festival. Literary luminaries will discuss everything from our sense of belonging to what the future holds.

What makes this event a particular favourite on the jam-packed circuit is that it is a meeting of some of the sharpest minds around, given that both countries have a long history of literary greatness and have produced some of the world's finest writers -- many of whom will take part in this year's festival.

A collaboration between the Alliance Francaise and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the festival is now in its 12th year.

And now that Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature, you can be sure 2011's offering will be even bigger than previous festivals.

French Ambassador to Ireland Emmanuelle d'Achon will open the two-day festival on Friday, April 8. After which, a panel discussion takes place between John Banville, Genevieve Brisac, Carlo Gebler and David Homel. Definitely one not to be missed.

The following morning, the capable foursome of Eric Fottorino, Julia Franck, Veronique Ovalde and Ireland's first children's laureate, Siobhan Parkinson, will take on the meaty topic of generation gaps.

Later that day, there will be an hour-long interview with renowned author, historian and documentary-maker Virginie Linhart.

An exciting and stimulating programme of cafe litteraires, author interviews, lectures, book signings and readings will take place over the weekend, with a literary brunch on Sunday drawing the festival to an end.

Admission is free and simultaneous translation in French and English is provided at all the events.

The festival takes place from April 8 to 10, in Dublin Castle and at the Alliance Francaise on Dublin's Kildare Street.

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