Aug 27, 2009

August/September Book Swap

We had the book swap with wine last night and La Muse made off with a load of music scores and cool books...

Eibhlís Farrell, the composer, went first, donating a plethora of her older and newer scores. Eibhlís is our An Foras Feasa Fellow for 2009.

The scores included: "Time Drops," a solo piano work she wrote for David Quigley and the Northern Ireland Arts Council, "Exandi Voces," which was commissioned by the International Cork Music Festival, Arioso, composed in 1994 for a young jazz saxophonist for the first International Saxophonist Festival in Japan, and "Time and Space Died Yesterday," a solo instrumental that was premiered in 2007 at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Eibhlís also donated 4 music CDs: "Cór Na nÓg: Caislean Ruairi" composed by Siobhán ó Dúbháin, a local author and composer from Eibhlís' hometown, Rostrevor, as well as the same choir in "Cór Na nÓg in Madrid 2005," and two CDs "Contemporary Music from Ireland Volume 8" and "Volume 2" from the Contemporary Music Centre in Ireland.

Next came Johanne Clyne who is here working on a non-fiction book related to travel this retreat. Johanne donated Alain de Botton's The Art of Travel and the BBC's publication Coast which depicts the village Johanne grew up in, Warsash, a village in southern Hampshire, England.

David Georgi, who is here this retreat on a barter working on a translation of François Villon's poetry (you can read an essay David wrote about François Villon here for the Chicago Review on Stephen Rodefer's translation of Villon) brought a Buffalo book about where he's from in upstate New York. The book, The Last Fine Time, follows a Polish family living on the Polish east side between 40s and 50s Buffalo.

David also brought along a novella, The Following Story, about lost loves, where the narrator, a travel writer, wakes up in Portugal pretty sure that he went to bed in the Netherlands.

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