THE Achill Heinrich Böll Weekend returns this year from April 29 to May 1 in the village of Dugort. The festival will be opened on April 29 by the German Ambassador to Ireland, HE Cord Meyer-Klodt.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Heinrich Böll winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and the writer’s 30 years of residence in Dugort.
On the program, readings and literary walks with René Böll, 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 Achill Heinrich Böll weekend has existed since 2006. In 2020 the festival had to be canceled due to the pandemic and last year it could only take place online.
This year’s event includes an exhibition by Galway artist Samir Mahmood, who received the Academic Achievement Award and the first Mary Lavelle Burke Bursary Awards from GMIT Mayo (2020), leading to artist residency at Heinrich Böll Cottage.
As in the past, the festival is organized by the Heinrich Böll Committee, in collaboration with the German Embassy, the Goethe-Institut Ireland and Mayo County Council.
The Heinrich Böll Cottage is available free of charge to artists for a limited time and is on a mission to provide a supportive environment for writers and artists and to preserve the memory of Heinrich Böll and his literary work on Achill.
For the full festival program and to book tickets, visit the website heinrichboellcottage.com.
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