James Joyce to visit France

18th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

ILE DE OUESSANT, France, Aug 18 (AFP) - Ireland is to be guest of honour at a book fair highlighting island literature taking place on this small islet off western France later this month, the organisers said.

ILE DE OUESSANT, France, Aug 18 (AFP) - Ireland is to be guest of honour at a book fair highlighting island literature taking place on this small islet off western France later this month, the organisers said.

It will be the first time in the seven years of the Salon du Livre Insulaire that the event will concentrate on non-French language books, one of the organisers, Isabelle Le Bal, said.

More than a hundred writers will be attending the four-day fair, which kicks off August 24.

Desmond Kenny, the hier to a 65-year-old family-run group of bookshops started in Galway, Ireland, will preside over the jury.

As well as author meetings, the fair will hold several conferences, many of them concentrating on contemporary Irish literature and looking at James Joyce, Samuel Becket and Oscar Wilde.

Previous iterations of the event honoured the French-speaking countries such as Haiti and New Caledonia.

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