Prof. Glenn Patterson (Ireland) 4.12.2013

City of Poznań and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań invite to an open lecture by Prof. Glenn Patterson, writer and researcher of the culture of Northern Ireland.

The lecture titled "Building the Past in Fiction" will take place on 4 December 2013, at 3 p.m. in room C1 at the Collegium Novum, al. Niepodległości 4 in Poznań.

Glenn Patterson (born in 1961) is a writer and researcher of culture from Northern Ireland who published eight novels, memories of his grandparents and a collection of literary and journalistic articles that have appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, The Irish Times and The Independent. Currently he still writes columns for the aforementioned newspapers, which is why he is considered one of the most dynamic commentators of contemporary Belfast and the whole Northern Ireland. He is the author of Fat Lad (1992), The International (1999), Number Five (2003) and a biography of his grandparents Once Upon a Hill. Love in Troubled Times (2008). He is also the author of several plays and short stories written for BBC 3 and BBC 4 radio programmes, and a co-writer of the screenplay for Good Vibrations, which was released in 2012. He currently teaches at Queen's University Belfast. As part of the Academic Poznań, he will deliver a lecture titled "Building of the past in fiction".

Glenn Patterson has been a professor of creative writing at Queen's University, Belfast, since 1994. In 2008 he was awarded the membership of Lannan Literary Fellowship, and in 2006 became a member of the prestigious Association of Irish writers Aosdána.  In Ireland, it is one of the greatest honours that can happen to a writer and researcher of culture in Ireland.

He was one of two writers who have been selected by the British Council and the Arts Council to participate in the 'Literaturexpress Europa 2000', international literary programme, which inter alia, visited Warsaw in 2000 (but never been to Poznań).

In the past, he was also a writer resident in The Community for Lisburn and Craigavon under the chairmanship of the Arts Council in Northern Ireland and a resident writer at the University of East Anglia and University College Cork. Such positions are always associated with lecturing on cultural objects subjects and so-called creative writing.

He chaired the Council's Annual Seminar Walberberg twice; it is one of the biggest annual cultural events with the participation of English-speaking writers organized by the British Council.

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