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The VIII James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

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Italian JJ Foundation

The James Joyce Italian Foundation will hold its 8th Conference in Rome from February 2-3 of 2015.  The conference invites unpublished and in-progress essays and asks for 250-500 word abstracts with a short biography by November 15, 2014.  Because this year’s conference coincides with the Yeats’ 150th birthday, organizers are encouraging paper proposals to engage with Joyce, Yeats, and topics focusing on the Irish Revival.  They provide a list of possible paper topics but encourage others as well:

– Joyce and/vs Yeats
– Joyce and/vs Synge
– Joyce and/vs A.E.
– Joyce and/vs Lady Gregory
– Joyce as a revivalist
– Joyce’s drama/Yeats’s theatre
– Joyce’s poetry and the Revival
– Rewriting the Revival in Joyce’s notebooks, drafts, and completed works
– Joyce, genetic studies and the Revival
– Joyce’s Triestine journalism and the Revival
– Joyce’s writings as Revivals/Counter-revivals
– The Revival and autobiography: Writing the self/writing the nation
– Joyce’s translations of Synge and Yeats in Trieste
– Yeats’ Joyce
– The state and status of Yeats and Joyce Studies 60 years after their deaths
– Writing “Irishness”
– Joyce and the Irish Language
– Yeats, Joyce, and the idea of the Irish “race”
– Yeats, Joyce and Irish alterities
– Mangan or Ferguson? Who to revive from the nineteenth century.

The conference has confirmed several speakers including Matthew Campbell, Erik Bindervoet, Robbert-Jan Henkes, Fritz Senn, and Carla Marengo Vaglio.  Some papers delivered at the conference will be invited for publication at a later date.  Direct abstracts and questions to joyceconference@gmail.com

 

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Good news and bad news for writers

The Irish Writers’ Centre held a seminar about – yes, about writing.
Here are few write-bites:
Guy attending it told me he writes one a short story every five days. And has published 56 short stories this year. Hmmm

Penguin Ireland publishes 22 books per annum, of which 6 are fiction.

The recession means less advertising revenue for newsapapers and therefore fewer pages, therefore fewer book/writer features and fewer reviews.

E-book man, giving a PPP, says e books sell at around £5.59 per copy. We didn’t get the comparative figures for production costs set beside that.

Agent explains it takes about four months to hear from a publisher after sample three chapters have been submitted. She only has four people on her books.

Woman got published then decided to set up small publishing company to publish her own books plus two by other writers, every year. The venture got a boost when they got an order for 170.000 football-related books.
She said that publishers are looking for trends. Food could be one such trend now that we’re all getting fatter etc etc. (That’s me speaking.)
In Germany, they like a lot of thrillers which is great because she writes thrillers. Irish readers, she said, seem to prefer US, German, Danish writers etc to Irish writers.

We withdrew for lunch to the Irish Writers Museum, next door. This place has a bookshop so I did what most writers do – I went in to check if they had my book. They didn’t. They only had Joyce, and Shaw etc. The shop is run by Failte Ireland which was previously Bord Failte eg Irish Tourism so they stock mainly touristy things like green paper napkins, shamrocked tea-towels etc. Nevertheless, the man working there made a note of the name of my book ( http://wp.me/p1Frlu-2K) in case you’re interested and then asked me to autograph his notebook. He showed me the two previous signatures neither of which I recognised and neither of which was Joyce or GBS.
He emigrated during the last recession (1980) then came back. Now his son has emigrated to Canada and is doing well. An old tale retold…

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The Irish Writers’ Centre held a seminar about – yes, about writing.
Here are few write-bites:
Guy attending it told me he writes one a short story every five days. And has published 56 short stories this year. Hmmm
Penguin Ireland publishes 22 books per annum, of which 6 are fiction.
The recession means less advertising revenue for newsapapers and therefore fewer pages, therefore fewer book/writer features and fewer reviews.
E-book man, giving a PPP, says e books sell at around £5.59 per copy. We didn’t get the comparative figures for production costs set beside that.

Agent explains it takes about four months to hear from a publisher after sample three chapters have been submitted. She only has four people on her books.

Woman got published then decided to set up small publishing company to publish her own books plus two by other writers, every year. The venture got a boost when they got an order for 170.000 football-related books.
She said that publishers are looking for trends. Food could be one such trend now that we’re all getting fatter etc etc. (That’s me speaking.) In Germany, they like a lot of thrillers which is great because she writes thrillers. Irish readers, she said, seem to prefer US, German, Danish writers etc to Irish writers.

We withdrew for lunch to the Irish Writers Museum, next door. This place has a bookshop so I did what most writers do – I went in to check if they had my book. They didn’t. They only had Joyce, and Shaw etc. The shop is run by Falite Ireland which was previously Bord Failte eg Irish Tourism so they stock mainly touristy things like green paper napkins, shamrocked tea-towels etc. Nevertheless, the man working there made a note of the name of my book ( http://wp.me/p1Frlu-2K) in case you’re interested and then asked me to autograph his notebook. He showed me the two previous signatures neither of which I recognised and neither of which was Joyce or GBS.
He emigrated during the last recession (1980) then came back. Now his son has emigrated to Canada and is doing well. An old tale retold…

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