This celebration of poetry’s creation of landscapes provides an opportunity for a meeting of Irish and Greek poets, scholars, and international visitors. Situated at two extremes of Europe, Ireland and Greece share some character-making traits of their landscapes: a largely insular structure, an intimate relation with the sea, and historical parallels up to the present day.
Traditionally, landscapes of poetry, environment and the soul influence one another, and today more than ever this influence has become international. Some of the invited Irish poets have been inspired to create the landscapes of their writing by their Greek experience, just as their Greek counterparts have been inspired by Ireland.
Tourism and travel offers an opportunity for such (self-)discovery but the same, or even more so, holds about reading, writing, or translation as spiritual travel into different places and into one's own inner world.
Cases of intercultural translation, exploration of other cultures through language, the meeting with the Other all complement and expand the notion of space provided by poetry. As opposed to prose including travel writing, poetry disposes of more concise means of landscape representation, and yet often performs in a more convincing and memorable way.
Poets create acts of environmental imagination that “potentially register and energise engagement with the world,” for instance by sending readers to places “where they would otherwise never physically go” or “affecting one’s caring for the physical world” (Lawrence Buell, Writing for an Endangered World 2).
This poetry symposium (meaning both an academic discussion and a convivial meeting) encourages the expansion of our landscapes, both inner and outer, Irish and Greek.
This invited event is open to the general public.