Sunday, 21 February 2016

Tra una vita e l'altra launch pics

We had a lovely event at the Italian Cultural Institute on Friday for the launch of Tra una vita e l'altra, with a warm welcome from Director Renate Sperandio. We had readings from Liz McManus, Seán Hardie, Federica Sgaggio, Afric McGlinchey and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. We missed our colleagues Catherine Dunne, Bill Wall and Valerie Bistany.

Beautiful music was provided by Maestro Giuilio 'Julyo' d'Agostino on guitar and mandolin. There was wine and chats afterwards in the library of this gorgeous building on Fitzwilliam Square. Thanks to all who came along on the night, including Mia Gallagher, Noel Monahan, Dan Bolger, Adam Wyeth and Paula McGlinchey.

Renate Sperandio
Jack Gilligan
Giuilio D'Agostino
Federica Sgaggio
Liz McManus
Seán Hardie
Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Afric McGlinchey

Friday, 12 February 2016

Irish launch of *Tra una vita e l’altra* anthology

Friday the 19th February 2016 sees the Irish launch of Tra una vita e l’altra (Guanda, 2015) at the Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin. 6.30pm. The anthology is the Italian version of Lost Between published by New Island in 2015. ALL WELCOME!

More details here.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Catherine Dunne and Nuala Ní Chonchúir will be on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1 tonight to discuss the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange English language anthology, Lost Between (New Island). Tune in here or listen to the podcast from tomorrow.

The Irish Times featured Catherine and Federica Sgaggio's forward to Lost Between yesterday. You can read it here.

There is an Italian language anthology, a companion volume, forthcoming in November from Guanda in Italy.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015


You are cordially invited to the launch of Lost Between: Writings on Displacement on Thursday the 16th of July at 6.30pm in the Irish Writers' Centre.

A description of the anthology from the New Island website:

'Lost Between features a host of established and emerging writers from the immense literary landscapes of both Ireland and Italy. From a father and son emigrating from Famine-stricken Ireland in search of a better life, to a donor looking for meaning in a lost relationship with his son, to Belfast in the turbulent year of 1976, the stories and poems featured in this anthology touch on the sense of displacement that stems from migration, detachment and rapidly shifting social identities. The individual works stand proudly by themselves to leave a lasting impression, and when read together they emerge to form a diverse, soulful and evocative collection that will charm and inspire.'

From the Foreword by Catherine Dunne and Federica Sgaggio:

‘All writing is an act of translation – the translation of experience into words, into image and metaphor. The fifteen writers whose work forms this anthology take displacement as their theme and their writing is a rich mix of poetry and prose, their approaches as diverse as the writers themselves.’

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


We have been quiet but productive. Here is the cover for our Italo-Irish anthology, Lost Between, launching in July 2015. With thanks to New Island.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Collective Sound Reading Performance - Sant' Agata dei Goti

Here are the Irish writers, and many Italian writers, taking part in an experimental sound performance in Sant' Agata dei Goti, Italy in June 2014, at Palazzo Rainore Mustilli. We all read what we wanted until we were brought to a spectacular close by the wonderful Seán Hardie. Good times :)

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


The Italo-Irish Literature Exchange made national Italian TV last night... including our spontaneous improvised group jam. We're about 18 mins in. Link here.