Great to receive a copy of this anthology during the week, edited by Federico Italiano and Jan Wagner, containing German translations of my work, alongside many, many poets whom I greatly admire. Among the Irish contingent are Ailbhe Darcy, Alan Gillis, Victoria Kennefick, Nick Laird, John McAuliffe, Sinéad Morrissey, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Leanne O’Sullivan, Justin Quinn and David Wheatley. This book is divided into various ‘itineraries’, taking in Poland, Wales, Macedonia, Iceland Moldova, Portugal and Finland; another begins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Norway and Belarus; the third journey takes us from England to Israel, Denmark, Austria, Croatia, Luxembourg and Russia; the fourth leg includes poets from Chechnya, Bulgaria, Scotland, Georgia, Italy, Kosovo and Latvia; the fifth itinerary takes in Belgium, Malta, Lithuania, Andorra, Hungary, Turkey and Serbia; the sixth trip begins in Switzerland before taking us to Romania, Albania, Slovakia, Spain, Montenegro and Estonia; the seventh and final trek take us from Ukraine to Germany, Armenia, Greenland, Sweden, Northern Ireland and Slovenia. These are poignant -and vital – poetic journeys, given what the scenes that are emerging from Ukraine in recent days and weeks…
I was asked to write a piece about my impression of ‘Europe’ and I wrote about my Erasmus year in Rennes, minority languages, majority languages, and gorgeous French books. You can read it on Kaleidoscope II project page, alongside essays by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and more besides.
My thanks to EFACIS (European Federation of Associations and Centres for Irish Studies), in particular, Hedwig Schwall and Anne Fogarty.
Buíochas ó chroí to Louis de Paor and Claire Cunningham for including me in the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘No Egos No Divas’ which was broadcast today. Great to hear the articulate voices of Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Aifric Mac Aodha, Simon Ó Faoláin, Marcus Mac Conghail, Seámus Barra Ó Súilleabháin and Caitlín Nic Íomhair in full flow. You can listen back to it here.
Wednesday 21st November at 7pm in Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1.
The Gallery Press and Poetry Ireland present the lauch of Calling Cards, an anthology of ten younger Irish poets with translations into English.
In a novel partnership between Poetry Ireland and The Gallery Press Calling Cards introduces a new generation of Irish-language poets to a wider audience. This vibrant anthology includes prize-winning authors of several collections as well as three who have yet to publish a book. The translators include some of Ireland’s finest poets. Edited by Peter Fallon and Aifric Mac Aodha.
Poems in Irish
Máirtín Coilféir • Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird • Aifric Mac Aodha • Marcus Mac Conghail • Caitríona Ní Chléirchín • Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh • Doireann Ní Ghríofa • Caitlín Nic Íomhair • Simon Ó Faoláin • Stiofán Ó hIfearnáin
Colette Bryce • Ciaran Carson • Peter Fallon • Alan Gillis • Medbh McGuckian • Paul Muldoon • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin • Peter Sirr • David Wheatley
Published: November 2018
RRP: €12.95 paperback / €18.95 hardback
ISBN PBK: 978 1 91133 755 3
ISBN HBK: 978 1 91133 756 0
I’ll be reading with Doireann Ní Ghríofa in the Farmgate Cafe in Cork on June 11 2016 @6pm. The event will be moderated by Doireann Ní Bhriain. The reading is part of the Women of the South: Radicals and Revolutionaries series. Meas mór is due to Rebecca and Kay Harte of the Farmgate, Professor Linda Connolly and the rest of the team for curating the series of talks and the wonderful exhibition upstairs in the English Market.
The event is free, you just have to register here.
I was interviewed about the upcoming Merriman Summer School on RTE Radio 1’s arts show, Arena, on Wednesday 5 August. You an listen back here.
Linda Connolly is this year’s director of the Summer School and she has assembled a great programme on the theme of ‘Cumann agus Céileachas: Love and Marriage Revisited’ encompassing talks on literature, society, folklore, culture and a musical gala.
There are three free poetry readings as part of the Summer School in Glór theatre in Ennis, County Clare called Cúirt an Mheán Lae (12.15pm). I’m reading in English and Irish on Thursday the 13th August, Rita Ann Higgins is on Friday the 14th, and Doireann Ní Ghríofa is on Saturday the 15th.
The always entertaining Cónal Creedon will giving his take on the Summer School’s theme in a talk called ‘Love OR Marriage’ on Friday and Dónal Ryan will be interviewed by Doireann Ní Bhriain on Saturday. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Máire Ní Annracháin and Pat Coughlan on Thursday morning.
The full programme is available here.
Míle buíochas – Many thanks to Doireann Ní Ghríofa (www.doireannnighriofa.com) for including my poem ‘Áiféilín’ in her piece for RTÉ’s Poetry Programme on 14 February 2015. Thanks also to Gabriel Rosenstock for providing the translation. You can listen back to the show here:
You can listen to the poem at Lyrikline: