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'Poems of Repossession' and 'The Coast Road'
Sat, May 13, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST
The Irish World Heritage Centre and The Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester are delighted to bring to Manchester a unique and exciting poetry event, showcasing the best in modern and contemporary Irish language poetry and poetry in bi-lingual Irish-English translation.
On Saturday 13th May at 6pm, we look forward to welcoming Louis De Paor and Ailbhe Ní Ghairbuigh to launch two dynamic, engaging and wide-ranging poetry collections; De Paor’s anthology, Leabhar Na hAthghabhála: Poems of Repossession (Bloodaxe Books, 2016) and Ní Ghairbuigh’s The Coast Road (Gallery Press, 2016), introduced and chaired by John McAuliffe (Centre for New Writing). Both writers will be joined in their reading by some of the collections' translators - Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe and Billy Ramsell.
In Poems of Repossession, editor ‘Louis de Paor brings together more than 160 poems in both Irish and English – more than 500 pages of poetry from the past century, much of the translation newly commissioned’ into ‘a terrific open anthology’ (John McAuliffe, The Irish Times) with some great modern and contemporary surprises and the full century of poetry in Irish and English translation duly represented.
Ailbhe Ní Ghairbuigh's The Coast Road, has been described by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill as ‘a feast for the eye and the ear and a consolation for the heart. With its excellent, and occasionally multiple, translations, it is also a great example of what can be achieved by the coming together of the two great languages to which this island is heir’ (The Irish Times).
The Centre for New Writing warmly acknowledges the funding support of Culture Ireland in delivering this event. The Irish Diaspora Foundation at the Irish World Heritage Centre would also like to acknowledge the generous contribution of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to this event, via its Emigrant Support Programme.