22 March, 2014 (Budapest)
The Hungarian Yeats Society joined the James Joyce Society of Hungary and the folk band Bran in organising the annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebration at Fonó. The evening began with three lectures by renowned Hungarian scholars intended for and attended by wider-than-academic audiences.First, Ferenc Takács PhD, literary historian, critic, translator, reader at the Department of English studies at ELTE, Chair of the James Joyce Society of Hungary and founding member of the Hungarian Yeats Society, held his lecture entitled “The Mystery of Lipót Virág”, in which he mapped the Hungarian connections to James Joyce’s Ulyssess. Second, Ágnes Gergely, poet, writer, essayist, translator, honorary member of the Hungarian Yeats Society and holder of Kossuth prize, Hungary’s most prestigious prize for artists, held her lecture entitled “The Hungarian of the West”, under which title she had already published an essay collection on the legacy of W.B. Yeats. The third lecturer was Zsolt Komáromy PhD, literary historian, senior lecturer at the Department of English Studies at ELTE, who in his lecture, entitled “Yeats Yesterday and Today: Confessions of a Fan”, talked about how his fascination with Yeats formed in spite of any preconceptions he previously had. The lectures were followed by a special musical reading of Yeats’s poems compiled exclusively for this event by actress Andrea Závory, accompanied by folk band Bran. The evening finished off with the concert of Bran, who play folk songs in English and Gaelic languages, a love child of their extended research in Celtic folklore and their musical talent.