Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Achill Heinrich Böll Weekend is returning from April 29 to May 1, in Dugort Village, Achill.

The festival will be opened on Friday by the German Embassy in Ireland, H.E. Cord Meyer-Klodt. It will include readings and literary walks with René Böll, the son of Heinrich Böll, John F. Deane, Hugh Hamilton, Kerry Hardie, Claire Keegan, Kerstin Mey, Iggy McGovern, Kevin Toolis, Mithu Sanyal and members of the Achill Writers Group.

The Heinrich Böll cottage

The Achill Heinrich Böll Weekend exists since the year 2006. In 2020 the festival had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 and took place virtually in 2021.

This year’s event includes an exhibition by Galway artist  Samir Mahmood. Mr Mahmood is a Galway-based visual artist with a BA in Contemporary Art Practices degree. He is recipient of the Academic Achievement and the inaugural Mary Lavelle Burke Bursary Awards from GMIT Mayo (2020) leading to the artist residency at the Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill – as residency awarded at the Heinrich Böll cottage in memory of Artist and active member of Heinrich Böll Committee.

As in the past, the festival was organised by the Heinrich Böll Committee, in conjunction the German Embassy, The Goethe-Institut Irland and Mayo County Council,

The Achill Heinrich Böll Committee also operates the Heinrich Böll Cottage on the island since 1992.  With the cooperation of the Arts Council of Ireland, Mayo County Council, The Department of Tourism, Culture Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Embassy of Germany, the Böll family has made the cottage available to artists free of charge for a limited period of time and has set itself the task of giving a supportive environments to writers and artists and preserving the memory of Heinrich Böll and his literary work on Achill.

For the complete programme of the festival, and to book tickets please visit their website Writers & Artists Residence. Achill Island. Co Mayo. Ireland (heinrichboellcottage.com)

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