fourteenth year, the
Franco-Irish Literary Festival is opening its
doors to lovers of literature, in the cultural capital
UNESCO City of Literature,
seal of the
Irish presidency of the European
Union, the 2013 festival is celebrating
the cultural links uniting the nations of Europe:
writers from all walks of life (from Belgium, Czech
Republic, Germany, Northern Ireland and Romania), will
do us the honour of taking part alongside many French
and Irish authors.
year, our shared theme is
Love & Hurt: it will allow us to grasp
what it is to be human separate from the underlying
wound, to sound out lovers, the wounded man or woman,
the animal in pain, through literature, as remedy and
poison, as instrument of one desiring to cure evil with
the pain-inflicting lance.
organised by the
Alliance Française Dublin,
Cultural Action and Co-operation Service of the French
Embassy in Ireland, the festival also
owes its success to the support of its loyal partners.
This year, we say a special word of thanks to the
for its generosity in enabling us to stage such a large
and beautiful festival! We also express our gratitude to
our sponsors - The Ireland Fund of France, The Arts
Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, the Irish
Writers’ Centre, Ireland Literature Exchange, French and
Irish companies and the media, and RTÉ lyric fm in
particular, who contribute significantly to the
is having a party! The festival is also part and parcel
of the event called
The Gathering Ireland.
The Irish from every country will be meeting up
throughout the year to celebrate their culture. Let’s
join in with them and share our experiences! Together,
along with the writers coming to meet us, let us
celebrate Ireland, France, and the passion for words!