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Conrad after hours

Reverse emigration. Meeting with Alice Lyons

Reverse emigration. Meeting with Alice Lyons

Venue: Potocki Palace, Rynek Główny 20, Green Hall

As part of the “Conrad after hours” series announcing the 15th edition of the Conrad Festival (October 23–29), we would like to invite you to a conversation with Alice Lyons, an outstanding poet, who is the first resident of the Heaney-Miłosz programme realised by Kraków - UNESCO City of Literature, the Embassy of Ireland in Poland and the Seamus Heaney Estate. The talk will be hosted by Justyn Hunia.

Alice Lyons is a writer born and educated in the USA who has lived in the west of Ireland since 1998. The author of three books of poetry, she won awards for her work in both Ireland and the USA. Her poetry film The Polish Language, co-directed with Orla Mc Hardy, was nominated for the Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA) in 2010 and continues to visit cinemas, festivals and galleries around the world. Lyons visited Poland many times, her poems are translated into Polish and published in the Polish press: most recently in Czas Literatury and Tygodnik Powszechny. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture at Atlantic Technological University Sligo.

Alice Lyons is the first resident of the Heaney-Miłosz programme implemented by Kraków - UNESCO City of Literature, the Irish Embassy in Poland and the Seamus Heaney Estate. The programme offers the opportunity to take up residence for several weeks in Czesław Miłosz's former flat in Krakow.


Justyn Hunia

Translator, graduate of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University and literary translation studies at the UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication in Kraków. He translated dozens of books (including Zygmunt Bauman, V.S. Naipaul, Y.N. Harari, Zadie Smith), and has published in Znak, Tygodnik Powszechny, Bliza, Przekładaniec, among others. Co-founder of avant-rock band Gargantua. Winner of the Kraków - UNESCO City of Literature  Prize 2022 for his translation of John F. Deane’s poems The Bones of Salt Water. Selected Poems (Znak).


The event is organised by: Embassy of Ireland in Poland, Seamus Heaney Estate, KBF - cultural institution of the City of Kraków, operator of the Krakow - UNESCO City of Literature programme, Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation.

Free tickets will be available to download electronically on the KBF website: TICKETS and on the KBF app: PLUS.

21 October, at 19:00 Potocki Palace, Rynek Główny 20

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