Mí Iúil /July

Cúpla rud ag teacht aníos an mhí seo chugainn:

The film City of a Thousand Suns/ Cathair na Mílte Grian will be premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 8th July at 14.00. Written and directed by Paula Kehoe and Feargal Ward, this is an unforgettable art film partly inspired by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc’s elegy for Hiroshima, ‘Aifreann na Marbh’. The cast includes Marcus Mac Conghail, Kazuyoshi Meiki, Rióna Ní Fhrighil and Tristan Warner. I was very happy to narrate the Irish-language version of the film.

Beidh mé ag glacadh páirte in ‘Cosán Ghabhla‘ mar chuid d’Fhéile an Earagail ar an 9ú agus 10ú Iúil i dteannta scríbhneoirí agus físealaíontóirí.

On the 16th July, I’ll be reading in Panicale in Umbria, Italy at the Effetto48 festival with Billy Ramsell and Lorenzo Mari. Special thanks to Alberto Masala for the invitation.

Delighted to be finishing off the month in Armagh at the John Hewitt Summer School where I’ll be reading with John McAuliffe and Molly Twomey on 29th July at 11.15.

Grand Tour: Resisen durch die junge Lyrik Europas

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…

Many thanks to the editors and to Hans-Christian Oeser who translated my poems to German, and to the publisher Carl Hanser Verlag.