The 2021 Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend takes place virtually from Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May. Scroll down for draft itinerary.

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Friday 30th April – Opening Night
From 8.00pm

The weekend event will be opened by HE Deike Potzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ireland.

The ambassador will present Awards for Heinrich Böll Essay competition to winning students from winners presented by Ambassador Potzel.

Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, Co-President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, will give a short address for the Memorial weekend with a focus on the cooperation and support between Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Achill Heinrich Böll Association.

Ulrike Gasser Director Goethe-Institut Irland will give a short address focusing on the ongoing cooperation between the The Heinrich Böll and the Goethe Institut Dublin.

Reading from her new book; What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri.
EMMA DABIRI is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist, broadcaster and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her 2019 debut Don’t Touch My Hair, (Penguin) was an Irish Times Bestseller and published to critical and commercial acclaim. An incisive, radical and practical essay, What White People Can Do Next is a deliberate provocation; a robust, powerful and nuanced examination of race, class and capitalism drawn from years of academic study and lived experience, as well as personal reflections on a year like no other. With intellectual rigour, wit and clarity, Emma ushers in a vision of a new, reimagined future where ‘whiteness’ and ‘white privilege’ are interrogated, the impact of class re-examined and racialised thinking deconstructed. A regular broadcaster on the BBC, Emma presented ‘Back in Time Brixton’ (BBC2), ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment ‘Is Love Racist?’ (Ch4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Journeys into Afro-futurism’.

Music from Laoise Kelly, John Butler and Michael Lavelle.


Saturday 1st May – 2.00pm

Writers Seminar Only The Giant Oaks Would Remember: A Writing Seminar : by poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Ní Churréain is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). Her work has been shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. She has been awarded literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany and The Jack Kerouac House of Orlando. Ní Churreáin is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council and a co-recipient of the inaugural Markievicz Award. Ní Churreáin was a 2019-2020 Writer in Residence at National University of Ireland, Maynooth and a 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. She is an active panellist on the Writers In Prisons Scheme. In 2021 her second full-length poetry collection is forthcoming with The Gallery Press. Visit
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Saturday 1st May – 6.00pm

Guided walk Eoin Halpin. Dooagh Bog Road Walk. With Kevin Toolis.
A virtual guided walk of Dooagh Bog Road. The walk will start down at the shore in Dooagh where Eoin will talk about the famous disappearing beach and the natural forces behind this phenomenon. We will then progress up the bog road and will examine the finds spot of gold which took place in 1992 and what that tells us about the geology of the area. We will stop at some deep peat cuttings and discuss peat development and the environmental stories which these peat columns contain. Concentrating on a major environmental cooling event which took place some 8000 years ago and a possible tsunami which swept onto the island in early pre-history. Further round the walk we will stop at an enigmatic and multi-period megalithic site, which may have its origins in the Neolithic and is potentially the remains of a court tomb, similar to those found on Slievemore. The walk will return to Dooagh along the banks of the Tonregee River. Eoin Halpin is the Operations Manager with Archaeology and Heritage Consultancy Ltd a company founded in 2014. Kevin Toolis is a BAFTA winning writer, film maker and bardic poet who has reported on wars, famines and plagues for the New York Times and the Guardian.

Saturday 1st May – 8.00pm

Reading from Irish Journal
Anne Shannon will read an extract from Heinrich Böll’s Irish Journal.

Böll Cottage Virtual Tour
Rene Böll will will take us on a virtual tour of the recently renovated Böll Cottage and will also talk to Edward King about growing up and living in Achill in the 1950s and 60s. He will also discuss his career as an artist and tell us about his future plans.

Music recital by CUAR, a new, distinctly Irish, creative chamber music language. Neil Ó Lochlainn’s Cuar / Neil ÓLochlainn – double bass, flute, compositions / Ultan O’Brien – fiddle Matthew Berrill – clarinet. Colm O’Hara – trombone. Cuar is an Irish chamber music ensemble founded by Neil Ó Lochlainn. The project explores composition and improvisation within the framework of Irish traditional music, playing new music written especially for the group. The group has been featured at festivals and events through out Ireland including the Kaleidoscope Night Dublin, NUI Galway Arts in Action concert series, the Galway Jazz Festival, Féile na Bealthaine Dingle and Masters of Tradition Bantry.


Sunday 2nd May – 6.00pm

Guided Walk with Gordan D’Arcy in Landscape Dookinella Beach and Cliffs.

Sunday 2nd May – 7.00pm

Drawing Nature with Gordan D’Arcy
The Guided Walk will end back at Dookinella N.S where Gordon will exhibit his drawing skills to recreate the wonders of the flora and fauna encountered on the morning walk. An opportunity to see a master nature artist at work. Gordon D’Arcy is a civil engineering graduate with MA in environmental science. For the past thirty years he has been a freelance environmental educator, artist and writer based on the edge of the Burren. He has extensive experience in teaching at third level, in NUI, Galway and the Burren College of Art, at primary level under the Heritage in Schools Scheme and in adult education.

Sunday 2nd May – 8.00pm

Reading from Irish Journal
Edward King will read an extract from Heinrich Böll’s Irish Journal “When God Made Time”.

Reading by John Patrick Mc Hugh from Pure Gold, his recent debut story collection.

Music from Laoise Kelly and John Butler


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