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IAC Commissions: "Pandemic Academic" by Eoin Colfer and Liam Bates

An anthem for our times



Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty

The pathos and banality of stay-at-home life, captured in an exuberant Irish country anthem for our times.

Internationally bestselling author Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Part Six) and award-winning composer Liam Bates (Promax World Gold winner, IFTA nominee), take on the more mundane woes caused by the pandemic—and the universal shortcomings it's exposed—with a musical vehicle that delivers equal parts mirth and compassion.


Eoin Colfer and Liam Bates discuss the making of "Pandemic Academic" >

"Pandemic Academic"

Lyrics by Eoin Colfer
Composed by Liam Bates
Performed by Aileen Mythen
Directed by Viko Nikci

Commissioned by Irish Arts Center as part of Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty, 2020-2021.

Irish Arts Center's Grásta commissions series challenged twenty-six artists, reflecting a range of perspectives and disciplines, to create work in response to the idea of finding grace in uncertainty. Click here to learn more.

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