Artist’s Residency, John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies
I’m a quarter of the way through my year as artist in residence at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies at University College Dublin. The focus of the Institute is the study of the Global Irish, or the Irish, and other, diasporas so during the year I am exploring diasporic themes in my work and through a programme of activities I’m organising.
I’ve grown more and more fascinated by the theme of diaspora and emigration over the past few years. Having spent four years in the UK during my renewed university studies, I became more conscious of my ‘Irishness’ as a person and as a writer, and became intrigued at how writers adapt and/or change their writing when working and living abroad. I’m therefore very excited to get the chance to meet Chinese poet Yang Lian, who will be reading for the John Hume Institute as part of our “Writing Home” series, this Thursday 12th February, at 1pm in Q014, Quinn Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. I’m hoping to put some questions to him about being a Chinese writer writing in Chinese but living abroad and how that has impacted on his work.
The event is free and open to all so hopefully some of you reading this will be able to join us. It promises to be a fascinating reading and interview.