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Donegal Tarantella Launch: Moya Cannon

Wednesday 18 Sep 2019, 18:30 to 20:30

Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann
11 Parnall Square East


Please join us to celebrate the launch of Moya Cannon's fourth Carcanet collection, Donegal Tarantella, for an evening of readings, discussion and drinks, with Olivia O'Leary. The evening is kindly co-hosted by Poetry Ireland in Dublin. Refreshments will be provided, and copies of the book will be available to purchase. Please let us know you can make it by reserving a free Eventbrite ticket and visiting the Facebook event.

 Music and the arts are things the human spirit needs in an elemental sense. This lesson is taught by history and archaeology; it may even be taught by geology. Music and the arts are ways of recognising the physical world with our physical being, of asking and answering. It is also a way of being with, in community. The ways in which our music and dance change, not only with the seasons but with the epochs, with locations, with language, are themselves part of our history.

Our complex, shifting relationship with the earth and sea can be registered in song, as can the salient moments of history which alter individual human lives and the lives of communities. Cannon is a committed hillwalker, and the poems take us with her, climbing, looking out to sea, and seeing through time to the histories that have taken place in her landscapes.

Moya Cannon, originally from Co. Donegal, has spent most of her adult life in Galway and now lives in Dublin. She has represented Ireland at many international festivals and conferences. Her work has been widely translated. She has taught creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway, was director of the International Writers' Course at NUIG, and she has edited Poetry Ireland Review. A winner of the Brendan Behan award and of the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy award, she has a deep interest in music and enjoys performing with musicians.

This event is free to attend, but please reserve a place via Eventbrite. There is also a Facebook page. The event will begin at 18:30 and include reading from Moya Cannon, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions. We will serve refreshments. Please direct any queries to, or direct to Poetry Ireland on +353 1 6789815.

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