Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was recently presented with Parnell’s Walking Stick. Cut by Charles Stewart Parnell himself in Avondale Wood in 1889 or 1890, this stick has a rich literary history. It came into the possession of Brindsley MacNamara, who, in turn, gave it to the poet W.R. Rodgers. It was later passed on to Conor Cruise O’Brien, who conferred it on Séamus Heaney. In 1998 Heaney entrusted it to Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and it was she who decided to bestow it on Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. The presentation occurred in Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square at a reading of Ní Ghearbhuigh’s new collection, The Coast Road (The Gallery Press, 2016).
Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Professor at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, recently wrote a review of The Coast Road for Dublin Review of Books. You can read it here.
The Dublin International Literature Festival kicks off on Saturday – lots of great events in the programme. Delighted to be reading in Poetry Ireland HQ in Parnell Square with Peter Fallon, Tom French and Michelle O’Sullivan on Saturday at 4pm. More about the event here
Really chuffed to be included in the Pocket Poems initiative for Poetry Day this year alongside some wonderful poets. For a list of the poems and commentary by Niall MacMonagle, check out this link.
Lots of great events at Féile na Bealtaine again this year – check it out at www.feilenabealtaine.ie