Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill by Paul SherwoodThe Shaking Bog in partnership with Poetry Town presents one of Ireland’s most remarkable and influential poets, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Newly moved to County Wicklow, this is a rare opportunity to hear Nuala in this intimate poetry reading and conversation at Mermaid Arts Centre.

Writing in the Irish of the Kerry Gaeltacht of her childhood on the Dingle peninsula, Nuala’s work has been translated into English by poets as diverse as Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian and Michael Longley. Her passionate, searching engagement with language, myth and a sense of place is the hallmark of her profound, witty and moving writing. As fellow poet and translator Lavina Greenlaw has remarked: “Ní Dhomhnaill can weave together comedy and darkness, confrontation with casual chat. Her poems can be reflective lyrics or sprawling narratives, incantatory or wisecracking.”

Reading in Irish and in English translation, Nuala’s readings are a joy to behold.

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest poets in Ireland, also reputed for her dedication and defence of the Irish language. She has published extensively and her works include poetry collections, children’s plays, screenplays, anthologies, articles, reviews and essays. In her writings, Ní Dhomhnaill focuses on the rich traditions and heritage of Ireland, and draws upon themes of ancient Irish folklore and mythology that intermingle with contemporary issues concerning femininity, sexuality and culture.

The Gallery Press publishes The Astrakhan Cloak (translated by Paul Muldoon, 1991), Pharaoh’s Daughter (translated by thirteen writers, 1990), The Water Horse (translations by Medbh McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, 1999), The Fifty Minute Mermaid (translated by Paul Muldoon, 2007) and Northern Lights (translations by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Peter Fallon, Eamon Grennan, Bernard O’Donoghue and Dennis O’Driscoll, 2018).

In 2018, she received the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award for her achievements in poetry.

Saturday 11th September
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

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