Irish Social-Justice Activists/Writers to Speak at SUNY Oswego

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — Irish writer-activists Peter Mullineaux and Moya Roddy will bring their poetry, short stories and drama to SUNY Oswego for three events that are free and open to the public as part of Artswego’s Creative Writing Series.

In a presentation titled “Through the Mask” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the Campus Center auditorium, Mullineaux will link global education and emotional learning as he reads from his poetry collection, “A Father’s Day,” draws from educational-drama publications “Know Yourself — Know the World” and “A Piece of Cake” and shows a short film.

The film, titled “Under the Mask,” “documents the coming together of newly arrived asylum-seekers and local teenagers in a small village in rural Ireland,” SUNY Oswego’s sponsoring Artswego said.

“Peter in particular, but Moya, too, focus their work on social justice/social change and global, peace, anti-racism and anti-sexism education,” said Tania Ramalho, associate professor of education, who is hosting the Irish visitors for their March 25 to 30 trip.

“Peter dwells at the grassroots with creative drama and writing, bringing together recent immigrants to Ireland for dialogues on race and community,” said Ramalho, who met Mullineaux at a 2009 conference in Galway. “Gender — masculinity — is also one of his concerns.”

Roddy, a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and short story writer, will read from her book “Other People” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Room 114 of the Campus Center. Artswego said Roddy’s short story, “The Day I Gave Neil Jordan a Lift,” “has been described as ‘beautifully judged and paced and as sad as it is funny.'”

Mullineaux and Roddy will lead a writing workshop, titled “Writing with Heart,” before Roddy’s reading, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Room 242 of the Campus Center.

Parking is free both evenings for those attending these events.