Podcast Hiberno Goethe

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This Podcast dives into the many colours of arts, language and life across cultures. St. Pauli fan and former Düsseldorfer Ciarán Murray and his guests explore the connecting moments of German and Irish life. What do musicians, dancers, artists, writers pick up from either culture? How are they inspired and enriched by the other? For all listeners who like to go and think beyond borders.

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Episode 21 Hiberno Goethe: Dorothee Meyer-Holtkamp

Join us for the final episode of Hiberno Goethe with guest Dorothee Meyer-Holtkamp, the series producer and outreach coordinator of Near Media Co-op.

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Host Ciarán chats with Dorothee about growing up in a small town in north Germany and the roundabout journey that led her to Ireland in the late 1990s via Scotland and France. They reminisce about the series, remembering guests who featured on the podcast and discuss cultural similarities, differences and culinary specialities.

So many influential writers, musicians, visual artists, and film directors have been named already by all our guests, offering an amazing resource for inspiration! I’ll add just a few:

Einstürzenden Neubauten, experimental music group, formed in West Berlin in 1980.
Volker Bertelsmann, aka Hauschka, experimental musician, exponent of prepared piano technique.
Redneck Manifesto, instrumental rock band from Dublin.
God is an Astronaut, Irish post-rock band from County Wicklow, formed in 2002 by Niels and Torsten Kinsella. 
Denise Chaila, Irish and Zambian rapper, singer, poet, grime and hip hop artist based in Limerick
Gemma Dunleavy, singer songwriter and producer from inner city Dublin.
If you have the chance to see any of these artists live - do it!

Film/ Directors:
Fatih Akin, a German film director, screenwriter and producer of Turkish descent. 
Werner Herzog, film director, screenwriter, author, actor, and opera director, regarded as a pioneer of New German Cinema. His films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals in conflict with nature.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, filmmaker, actor, playwright, theatre director, composer, editor, and essayist. A catalyst of the New German Cinema movement, Fassbinder's main theme was the exploitability of feelings. 

Nino Haratischwili, Georgian-born German novelist, playwright, and theater director. 
Elena Ferrante, pseudonymous Italian novelist.
Kevin Barry, Irish writer.

Children's Literature:
Anna Fiske, Alle haben einen Po, a book for kids aged 3 or 4 and up with drawings of people in all sizes, shapes and different colours, some nude, some dressed, in different settings with different abilities and emotions- a fun and simple way to look at diversity of us people and how we are all different. (Available in the Goethe-Institut Irland Library.)
Unter meinem Bett- a series of albums for children by German singer songwriters - Clever and fun lyrics that adults enjoy listening too. Featured artists: Albrecht Schrader, Olli Schulz, Lisa Bassenge, Dota, Martha Wilking,Francesco Wilking & Moritz Krämer, Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Bernd Begemann to name a few.

The Goethe-Institut Dublin, its library, cafe, meeting spaces and interactive language courses for the youngest in our community. It is a fantastic resource and space to meet and encounter cultures. I feel privileged that there is a Goethe-Institut in my home city, Dublin.

Episode 20 Hiberno Goethe: Elizabeth McSkeane

Ciarán chats to writer and publisher Elizabeth McSkeane about her Glaswegian upbringing, with pictures of JFK, visits to Glasgow Celtic and St. Patrick's Day traditions. We hear Liz reading works by the Germany-based Irish poet, Jo Burns, from her latest collection of poetry Brink.


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Liz has a passion for languages and different cultures. Feeling European, Irish and Scottish, it’s a wonderful benefit to be so mobile in Europe as if it is one country. We hear about Samuel Beckett's time in Germany in the 1930’s and the inspiration behind his most famous work Waiting for Godot. Liz tells us about her publishing company Turas Press and we get an insight into the running of a small publishing house. 

"A Stain Upon the Silence -Documentary on One": Radio documentary reflecting on Beckett's work, from the RTÉ archives, RTÉ Radio 1, 1991, produced by Peter Mooney, presented by Liz McSkeane. Includes interview with Walter Asmus, Director of the Schiller Theatre, Berlin who worked with Beckett for 15 years.

"Two Men Contemplating the Moon", a painting by the 19th century German Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich, said to have inspired the visual image for the staging of "Waiting for Godot". 

"The Art of Losing" "L'Art de Perdre" by Alice Zeniter, trans Frank Wynne, winner of 2022 Dublin Literary Award.

"Brink", poetry collection by Jo Burns, N Irish poet living in Germany whose work tackles themes of exile, history and contemporary life, with special reference to Germany and Ireland.

"Canticle", historical detective novel set in 16th/17th century Spain by Liz McSkeane, writer and publisher.

“In the Dark“ von Anamaría Crowe Serrano ist ein Roman, der während des Bürgerkriegs in Spanien spielt, und die Geschichte des täglichen Überlebens im Krieg erzählt. Zwei Schwestern mit ihren Familien auf gegenüberstehenden Seiten des Konflikts versuchen ihre Differenzen zu begraben – jedoch weiß nur eine Person, dass sich ein Kriegsdeserteur im Haus versteckt.