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Ireland and Identity

Mon
14th March 2016 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
We are living in a great moment for Irish poetry. In the wake of Seamus Heaney’s huge legacy and a long tradition of poetry’s central position within Irish life, contemporary Irish poetry is thriving.

In the run-up to St Patrick’s Day, this event will explore themes in Irish poetry and consider the legacy and impact of historical events on writing today in an important year in Ireland’s history.

Bernard O’Donoghue is Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College Oxford. He has published five collections of poetry. His Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2008.

Leontia Flynn’s most recent poetry collection Profit and Loss, was published in September 2011, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Tara Bergin’s debut collection, This is Yarrow (2013) won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and the 2014 Shine/ Strong Award. Bergin was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.

Maurice Riordan was born in 1953 in Lisgoold, Co. Cork and has published four collections of poetry with Faber. He lives in London and is Editor of The Poetry Review.

Nuala ni Dhomhniall is one of the most prominent poets writing in the Irish Gaelic language today. Her poetry has been translated into English by names including Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, and Paul Muldoon. Her first collection was published in 1981, and the The Fifty Minute Mermaid was published in 2007.

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