Andrey Mashinyan is the Director of the Irish Cultural Centre in St Petersburg. His research interests in Irish culture include history and mythology, the life and works of W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and connections between the Irish Celtic Revival and the Russian Silver Age. He holds a PhD in Irish Literature (‘Mythological poetics of W.B. Yeats’), and has published two books of translations of poetry and plays by Yeats and a book of translations of works by Joyce. His translations have also appeared in the digital publication Yeats reborn (2015) and he presented his poetry and prose in English at the Cork World Book Fest in 2016. In 2016-17 he contributed eight chapters to Ireland: more than an island, the first volume in a series curated by the Irish Embassy and Russian branch of Enterprise Ireland that presents Ireland’s culture and history to a general readership in Russia.
Dr Mashinyan is a member of the International W.B. Yeats Society, curator of the annual festival of Irish Culture in St Petersburg, of cultural events in which St Petersburg has partnered with Dublin and Cork, and is chair at the annual International Bloomsday Conference Ireland and Russia: the past and the present.