Friends of the Goethe-Institut opened their home on Friday, Feb 27th 2015 for Dublin’s Weather Station and visiting writer, Mirko Bonne. Mirko read from Ice Cold Heaven and was joined in panel discussion with Irish writer and playwright Mia Gallagher and Irish Antarctic adventurer Mike O’Shea. The discussion explored what kind of heroes or heroines we might need to address the realities of climate change with reference to ‘Boss’ Mirko Bonné’s fictional personification of Shackleton.
Mia Gallagher’s debut novel HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was widely acclaimed and won the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007). Her short fiction has been published internationally, won the START award (2005) and was shortlisted for Hennessy, Fish and Trevor/Bowen Awards. Extracts from Mia’s second novel have been published in Ireland, the UK, the US and will feature in two anthologies in 2015. These include the anticipated Young Irelanders collection (New Island) edited by Dave Lordan and On Displacement, an Italian-English co-publication with New Island and Guanda, Milan. Mia has received several Bursaries for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and was writer-in-residence with IADT/dlr Arts Office (2009-2010). She is currently working on a new novel and in spring 2015 she will enjoy a two-month writing residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Of German and Irish heritage, her work reflects on both cultures. Mia has been facilitating workshops in writing, storytelling and performance since 1997 and also professionally edits, critiques and mentors other writers.
Mike O’Shea began climbing at the age of 13 in the McGillicuddy Reeks near his home in County Kerry. One of the first people in Ireland to gain the Gold Gaisce Presidents Award, he has extensively climbed the European Alps and internationally. Mike has also crossed Lake Baikal in Northern Russia, Chiles North Patagonian Icecap and the Southern Icecap on Kilimanjaro as part of The Ice Project. The summer of 2013 also saw Mike guide seven Irish groups up Kilimanjaro.