Brigid Meets Berlin 2021: Festival of Irish Female Literary Creativity

St Brigid’s Day! This will be celebrated in many places. In Berlin the Irish Embassy hosts ‘Brigid Meets Berlin 2021: Festival of Irish Female Literary Creativity’; in Brussels the Irish Embassy will welcome you to a webinar celebrating Irish and Belgian Women in Science and Medicine, among whom Jessica Traynor; while in Ireland there is of course a plethora of events to celebrate Lá Fhéile Bríde.

EFACIS too celebrates St Brigid’s Day this year in a special way. We launch our fourth project in the series Literature as Translation. After Yeats Reborn (2015), Translating Banville (2018) and our involvement in the Aistriú project with N.U.I Galway, we will celebrate Irish feminism by translating some of Anne Enright’s recent work.

Enright has generously donated two texts for this project. The first is her short story ‘Night Swim‘ (The New Yorker, 2 March 2020); the second is a set of short essays from Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood (2004), which provide some background for the short story. We hope you may consider reading and translating some of these texts in your classes and seminars, as translating is one of the most engaging ways of analyzing a literary text. We welcome (1) translations of one or several of the texts with a brief comment; (2) volunteers to be part of the reviewers’ panel; (3) additions to the bibliography of critical work on Anne Enright.
Kicking off on St Brigid’s Day, we accept translations from now on till 15 December 2021. The project’s results will be published on the website; we hope to launch a book with a selection of the best translations during a conference on “Anne Enright and Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing” which will take place in September 2022 in Skopje, The leading project manager is Dr Marija Girevska, who will closely co-operate with Hedwig Schwall. Marija Girevska is an acclaimed Joycean translator and head of the EFACIS Centre in North Macedonia. Please direct any inquires to or HERE.

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