“Novel Encounters”: Irish-Greek literary festival

                                              “NOVEL ENCOUNTERS”

a festival celebrating Greek and Irish fiction

18-20 October 2017, in Corfu, Greece


“Novel Encounters”, a festival celebrating Greek and Irish fiction, is hosted by the Durrell Library of Corfu in association with the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting of the Ionian University in Corfu.

The festival will present four Irish novelists and four Greek novelists in readings from their work and in presentations on the theme “Writing and Identity“.

The participating novelists:

Christos CHRYSSOPOULOS‘s novels include Laura Jackson’s London Day (2008) which received the Academy of Athens Award. He has exhibited photography and audiovisual works, and one of his early literary works,The Parthenon Bomber, will be published in English in the summer of 2017.

Katy HAYES, from Dublin, is a playwright, theatre director, film critic and author of three novels: Curtains, Gossip and Lindbergh’s Legacy. She has taught on the University of Iowa Summer Program and currently teaches creative writing at University College Dublin where she was previously Writer-in-Residence.

Panos KARNEZIS was born in Greece in 1967 and has lived in England since 1992. He published Little Infamies, a collection of short stories, in 2002. His novel The Maze (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and was followed by The Birthday Party (2007) and The Convent (2010). His most recent novel is The Fugitives (2015).

Deirdre MADDEN is from County Antrim. She is the author of eight novels, including One by One in the Darkness, Authenticity and Molly Fox’s Birthday. She has twice been shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin.

Mia GALLAGHER  is the author of the award-winning Hellfire (2006) and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (2016). She also tutors and edits emerging writers and has written for television.

Mia Gallagher is the author of the award-winning Hellfire (2006) and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (2016). She also tutors and edits emerging writers and has written for television.

Sophia NIKOLAIDOU was born in Thessaloniki in 1968. She teaches literature and creative writing and has published two collections of short stories and three novels, including Tonight We Have No Friends which won the 2011 Athens Prize for Literature. Her second novel was shortlisted for the 2012 Greek State Prize for Fiction and was translated into English as the The Scapegoat in 2015.

Paraic O’DONNELL‘s debut novel, The Maker of Swans, was named Amazon Rising Stars Debut of the Month in February 2016, shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and was Editor’s Choice title for February 2016 in The Bookseller.

Ersi SOTIROPOULOS is the author of ten works of fiction and has been a fellow at several institutions, including Princeton University and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Zigzag through the Bitter Orange Trees (translated into English in 2005) won the Greek National Prize for Literature. What’s Left of the Night (2016) is about Cavafy’s stay in fin de siècle Paris. She was a participant at the inaugural Durrell School of Corfu in 2002.

The festival will also include a full academic programme on Greek and Irish drama and on translation of Corfiot writers.

We invite you to participate in this “novel encounter”

between the literatures of Greece and Ireland.

Entrance to all events is free, but as places are limited, early reservations are advisable, by email to: durrelllibrarycorfu@gmail.com


The festival is funded by:

The Embassy of Ireland in Greece                   

Literature Ireland                                                 

The Rothschild Foundation                                

The British Council

and supported by:

The Ionian University

Corfu Arts Foundation

Society of Corfu Studies

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NOVEL ENCOUNTERS – 3-day Programme

Wednesday 18 October


9.00 Official opening:

Professor Vassilios Chrissikopoulos,  Rector, Ionian University

H.E. Orla O’Hanrahan Ambassador of Ireland

    1. Introductory talk:

      Dr Joanna Kruczkowska

      The Edges of Europe: Greece, Ireland and Literature”

      10.00 Coffee break

      10.30- Presentations on the theme


      Christos Chryssopoulos, Katy Hayes, Panos Karnezis, Deirdre Madden


3-5pm Presentations continue

Mia Gallagher,  Sophia Nikolaidou,  Paraic O’Donnell,  Ersi Sotiropoulos

Thursday 19 October



the writers read from their work

Christos Chryssopoulos, Katy Hayes, Panos Karnezi, Deirdre Madden

12.30- Mia Gallagher,  Sophia Nikolaidou, Paraic O’Donnell, Ersi Sotiropoulos


4.30- “Ireland and Greece: contrasts and comparisons” Anthony Roche, “Hiberno-Greek Rebel Women”

Vassilis Letsios, “title tba-”

Fran O’Rourke “James Joyce and the Greeks”

8.30- Flute recital of Irish & Greek music by Daniel Damaskinos (venue: Philharmonic Society of Corfu )

* by courtesy of the Society of Corfu Studies

Friday 20 October



Konstantin Theotoki: Life and Work :  JMQ Davies, Anthony Hirst


12.30- Theodore Stephanides: Life and Work :  Anthony Hirst, Vera Konidaris

4.30- Final session: open discussion: Writing, identity, translation