Geneva Literary Aid Society

The GLAS Hour – Meet the Author: Mark Malloch-Brown (04.06.2020)

If there is one lesson that Lord Mark Malloch-Brown has learned in his years as a globe-trotting humanitarian and development specialist, it is that “democracy does not flow easily from the barrel of a foreigner’s gun.” An understandable sentiment from the man who founded the International Crisis Group and whose classic memoir The Unfinished Global…

The GLAS Hour – Meet the Author: Christine Dwyer Hickey (28.05.2020)

The librarians of Dublin, the city associated with so many great writers, celebrate one book every year – Dublin, One City, One Book. These have included James Joyce’s Dubliners, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Roddy’s Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray. This year they have chosen a modern day classic, Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey,…

The GLAS Hour – Meet the Author: James Shapiro (22.04.2020)

Shakespeare in a Divided America - James Shapiro

“Ultimately there rises the familiar suspicion that, for a country in love with the future, it’s always yesterday in America. Among all the fine words currently being spilled examining the American mess, James Shapiro has outshone many of our best political pundits with this superb contribution to the discourse. He upped the wattage simply by…

The GLAS Hour – Meet the Author: John McEntee (06.04.2020)

Anyone cocooned, marooned or feeling like some diversion can tune in to a conversation with one of Fleet Street’s finest foot soldiers next Monday. John McEntee’s devout mother once spent EUR 1,000 on having masses said in Catholic churches throughout Ireland for his salvation and the Hollywood actor Richard Harris sued him for libel following…

GLAS welcomes back Donal O’Kelly

In the 14 years of GLAS, most people seem to recall one production more than others and that is Donal O’Kelly’s masterpiece Catalpa; so good we staged it twice. GLAS has also hosted his Fionnuala, Joyced (performed by his daughter Katie O’Kelly), and Little Thing, Big Thing. Donal’s return to the Geneva stage was long…

All you need is love and a little bit of cash

From Denis McClean, in Darjeeling When I look at this photograph, it makes me think of a life-boat crammed with children. Watching and listening to them playing marbles or throwing a ball around, you would never guess the heartache and suffering that many have endured. Some had been sold into virtual slavery by their impoverished…

Sharon Shannon plays up a storm

GLAS suppporters got a real treat last night as Sharon Shannon and her band made their Geneva debut to a packed house at the Centre des Arts, on Ecolint’s La Grande Boissière campus. She surrounds herself with great musicians: Jim Murray (acoustic guitar), Sean Regan (fiddle, percussion and beatbox) and Jack Maher (electric guitar and…

Sharon Shannon (24.11.2017)

Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips….literally! The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion ‘cool’ in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, hip-hop, cajun, country, classical and rap. The Geneva Literary…

Standing ovation for Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom, Denis McClean and Eoghan O'Sullivan, Collège des Coudriers, Geneva, 1 April 2017 (Photo by Lars Solberg)

Luka Bloom’s agent in Switzerland told me that in all the Swiss German towns Luka performed in before coming to Geneva last Saturday his songs were met with polite applause but an uncomprehending silence greeted his stories about the songs. Saturday night’s sold-out show for GLAS, packed with Irish and other anglophone expats, must have…

New Road with Cathy Jordan (10.12.2016)

“…a musical experience full of passion and exhilaration, depth and beauty.” For Christmas this year GLAS gives you the gift of music from five outstanding musicians. The legendary interpreter of Celtic song, Cathy Jordan (pictured right), will accompany the New Road ensemble: a unique blend of  the plaintive Irish uilleann pipes, fiddle, harmonica, whistles, 5-string…