Reclaiming the European Street with President Michael D. Higgins interviewed by Seán Mac an tSíthigh
An Lámh in Uachtar a Fháil Arís ar an tSráid Eorpach – An tUachtarán Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn á chur faoi agallamh ag Seán Mac an tSíthigh
A passionate political voice, academic and human rights advocate, President Michael D. Higgins is also champion of creativity within Irish society, a writer and a poet. The President comes to Dingle to discuss his most recent publication Reclaiming the European Street. In his collection of speeches on European themes, he points to a weakening of solidarity and rising inequalities and highlights the need to learn lessons from the past.
Reclaiming the European Street was edited by Prof. Joachim Fischer (MA Mainz, PhD TCD) Jean Monnet Professor of European Cultural Studies at the University of Limerick and Dr habil. Fergal Lenehan (BA and MA UCD, PhD Leipzig, Habilitation Jena) of the Intercultural Communications and European Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena (Germany).
President Michael D. Higgins was elected the ninth President of Ireland in 2011 and was re-elected in 2018 securing the largest number of votes in Irish presidential election history. President Higgins has forged a career as an academic, a poet, and as a public representative serving at every level of public life in Ireland. He was a member of Dáil Éireann for twenty-five years and a member of Seanad Éireann for nine years. He has campaigned extensively for human rights, inclusive citizenship and climate sustainability across the world. Previous works include When Ideas Matter: Speeches for an Ethical Republic (2016), Renewing the Republic (2012) and Causes of Concern (2007).
Seán Mac an tSíthigh is a Video Journalist working with RTÉ / TG4. “I film, edit and tell stories.” Ciarraíoch. Ireland
The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.
Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.
The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.