Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013
Irish poet and fiction-writer John Walsh will present a reading on Monday, Oct. 7. The event is co-sponsored by the English department and the Center for Global Education, in celebration of the Galway Study Abroad program now being offered every semester. It was previously only available in the fall semester. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. in the Blackwell Room of Demerest Hall and is open to the public.
Walsh will provide students and faculty with a glimpse of Irish culture through his readings, which focus on themes of family, memory and politics in Irish life. "Hearing him read is like returning, briefly, to Galway," says Anna Creadick, assistant professor of English who helped organize the event. "Galway is a town drenched with artists, musicians and writers, and John Walsh is deeply engaged in that Galway art scene."
Walsh, who lives and writes in Connemara, has published three collections of poetry, including: "Johnny Tell Them," "Love's Enterprise Zone" and "Chopping Wood." In 2012, he released his debut collection of short stories, "Border Lines." Walsh is the co-director of Doire Press, a small literary press in the west of Ireland that publishes poetry and literary fiction, and the organizer of North Beach Poetry Nights in Galway, Ireland's leading performance poetry event.
"As a poet, fiction writer, performer and publisher, Walsh is a quadruple-threat, who brings a range of different genres to students in one event," Creadick says. "By inviting him, we allow students and faculty to have a taste of Galway, while also returning the favor: offering him the chance to learn a bit about life at Hobart and William Smith."
Students interested in gaining the full Galway experience can take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad in Galway. The Galway program is one of the most versatile and popular global education programs at HWS.
"We were offered the opportunity to expand our program to include both semesters and we were eager to do so," says Thomas D'Agostino, associate dean for global education. "The Galway program is one of our most popular and is consistently evaluated very highly by both students and faculty."
Suitable for sophomores, juniors and seniors in any academic discipline, students in the program study at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where they are given the opportunity to live and study among Irish students at an Irish university. A service learning project incorporated into the program provides students a unique opportunity to gain access to the local community and explore the local culture.