William Wall (Ireland)Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 6 p.m.
Join us for a reading with award-winning, internationally-acclaimed poet and writer William Wall (Ireland). This program will be moderated by University of Pittsburgh’s Irish Language faculty member Marie Young (Ireland).
William Wall was born in Cork, Ireland, and grew up in the coastal village of Whitegate. He is the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, for his short fiction collection The Islands.
He has also won the Doolin Prize for poetry, Virginia Faulkner Award, the Sean O’Faoláin Prize, several Writer’s Week prizes and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. He was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. He was shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award, the Irish Book Awards, the Raymond Carver Award, and the Hennessy Award, among others.
Wall has received Irish Arts Council Bursaries, travel grants from Culture Ireland and translations of his books have been funded by Ireland Literature Exchange. His work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Latvian, Serbian, and Catalan.
He has a particular interest in Italy, and has read at several festivals there, including the Tratti Festival at Faenza, the Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Genova, and at the Pordenone Legge festival near Venice. Wall translates from Italian, and has co-presented workshops in translation. In 2014 he was part of the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange which gave readings at various places in Italy, including Sant Agata de Goti, Rome, Lugo di Romagna, and Bologna.
Wall was an Irish delegate to the European Writers’ Parliament in Istanbul 2010. In March 2010, he was a Writer in Residence at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. He was a 2009 Fellow of The Liguiria Centre for the Arts & Humanities. He collaborated with artist Harry Moore to produce the Shadowlands exhibition and book in 2008. He curates a political writing column in English and Italian at www.inkroci.com.
Hailing from Dublin’s fair city, Marie Young has been residing in Pittsburgh since July 2001. She graduated from St. Patrick’s College in Dublin in 1999 with an Elementary teaching degree and Irish-Gaeilge. She has an avid love for the Irish language following many years working and attending Irish College in Connemara. Both of her parents are Galway folk and her grandfather has a keen interest in the Irish language right up to his 100th year of living “ Ní as an ghaoth a tháinig sé” –it’s not from the wind it came!!
She began working for the University of Pittsburgh in their Less Commonly taught languages in September 2004 where she is the only instructor of the Irish Language program. The program is now offering 6 levels of Irish throughout the year along with a cultural class yearly. This year she is teaching upwards on 60 students and has maintained an avid interest in her classes over the years.
Marie has successfully received a recognition awarded by Glór na Gael for her contribution to the Irish Language overseas .Working alongside the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh and Griffith College Dublin Marie has aided in developing the level 2 and the level 3 of a new Irish language instruction program online incorporating auiditory ,visual and written learning of the Irish Language.
In Pittsburgh Marie has kept up the north and south relationship by marrying a fellow Irish man – John hailing from Bainbridge, Co. Down who has been in Pittsburgh for over 20 years also and they have a 4 year old , 10 year old boy Ronan and stepson Jack , 18years of age . She enjoys socializing, working out and reading and has been spotted as a corner back on the Gaelic football field as a member and past secretary and registrar of the Pittsburgh Banshees. Her brother and sister –in law also live in Pittsburgh making stronger the connection to home. Her parents visit frequently along with her sister who is in Dublin teaching also.