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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Latest Episodes

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.


Episode 19 Hiberno Goethe: Vera Klute

This episode features multi-disciplinary artist Vera Klute. Growing up in a small village close to Dortmund in North Rhine Westphalia, Vera gives an insight to some of the area's traditions like the three day parading at the yearly Schützenfest and having antlers or stuffed ducks hanging on the walls of your home. For Vera you don’t need a degree to appreciate art, to decide whether you like something or not people should just go with their instinct.

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In the two person exhibition The Loneliness of Being German, Vera together with Thomas Brezig interrogates the issue of identity. Vera is part of the Women on Walls project, commissioned to create a bust of Dr Rosalind Franklin for the Long Room in Trinity College Dublin’s old library. She is the proud artist of the iconic Luke Kelly Statue at the Docklands in Dublin 1, an associate member of the RHA, enjoys the flatness of Tudor portraits and is dying to go back to Rome to enjoy the city's marble statues and fountains. Vera’s signature dish is the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte with cherries from Super Value. She spent 20 years in Dublin and is now home in County Kilkenny where she lives with her family.

Animation: Der Maulwurf Grabowski
Artist: Hans Holbein der jüngere
Food: Blackforest Gateau, Kohlrabi
Books/Audiobooks: Holiday on Ice von David Sedaris, Stories von Alan Bennett, Handiwork von Sara Baume. 
Art: Royal Hibernian Academy - jährliche Sommerausstellung
TV: The White Lotus