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The John Montague Memorial Conference

  • Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Full price: €20 / Free for students and senior citizens

Friday 9 June: From 9.30am to 6.30pm

Saturday 10 June: From 9.30am to 5.15pm

Book tickets

The Centre Culturel Irlandais is delighted to host the John Montague Memorial Conference which explores everything from the great Irish author’s life and legacy to the translation of his work into French and its evocation of society, love and absence.

Friday 9 June

9.00am- 9.30am Welcome/Accueil Participants and Speakers

9.30am Opening address
Isabelle Gadoin (Directrice, PRISMES, Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Nora Hickey M’sichili (Director Centre Culturel Irlandais)
Elizabeth Wassell Montague

10am John Montague : the Life
Chair: Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Adrian Frazier, Biographer of John Montague (University of Galway)
Regarding the Biography of John Montague: Preliminary Conditions.

11am coffee break
John Montague & his French translations
Chair: Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

11.30am Maryvonne Boisseau (Université de Strasbourg)
John Montague, the seducer seduced…
An approach to the translations of « Windharp » and « The Well Dreams" into French

12.15am Thomas Dillon Redshaw (University of St. Thomas Minnesota)
Montague’s Carnac (1999): ‘Process’ and late style

1pm Déjeuner sur place offert aux conférenciers

John Montague: Love & Absence Chair: Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

2.30pm Damian Grant (University of Manchester)
The ‘fury of love’ and ‘fierce lyric truth’ in the poetry of John Montague

3.15pm Alice Townend (Université Paris-Nanterre)
'Formes de l'absence dans la poésie de John Montague'

4pm Coffee break

4.15pm John Montague & Society Chair: Thomas Dillon Redshaw (University of St. Thomas)
Juliette Agnès (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
John Montague and the Northern Muse

Evening Reception in Irish Embassy, 12 Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris.
Address by H.E. Niall Burgess followed by poetry reading

Saturday 10 June

John Montague from a far Chair: Maryvonne Boisseau (Université de Strasbourg)

9.30am Elizabeth Pearce, (University of Melbourne)
‘Too blind with rain /And doubt to speak’: anguish distilled into clarity in John Montague’s poem ‘All Legendary Obstacles’ and its translation into French.

10.15am Mary O’Malley (Poet)
John Montague: The View from the Far Shore

11am Coffee break

11.30am John Montague’s legacy Chair: Julie Morrissy (Maynooth University)
Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
UCC Poets and the Influence of John Montague

Launch of One Hundred Years of Poets and Poetry of Munster with

Stephanie Schwerter (Université Polytechnique de Valenciennes)

Musical interlude and reception

1pm Déjeuner sur place offert aux conférenciers

2pm John Montague and the Law Chair: Fiona McCann (Université de Lille)

Julie Morrissy (Poet & Lawyer, Postdoctoral Researcher at Maynooth University)
The Influence of The Rough Field: Law, Form, and the Book-Length Poem

3pm Coffee break

3.30pm Poetry reading Chair: Stephanie Schwerter (Université Polytechnique de Valenciennes)
Patrick Cotter

4.30pm Remembering John Montague

Roundtable with Friends of John Montague: Mary O’Malley, Elizabeth Wassell Montague, Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Joseph Voelker, Lara Marlowe

5.15pm Conference ends