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Collected Poems by Moya Cannon: Carcanet Book Launch

Wednesday 24 Feb 2021, 19:00 to 20:00



Please join us to celebrate the launch of Collected Poems by Moya Cannon. Hosting the reading will be Professor Margaret Kelleher, joining Moya to discuss the new edition. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

In Collected Poems one of Ireland's best-loved contemporary poets brings together poems from her six principal collections, Oar (1990), The Parchment Boat (1997), Carrying the Songs (1907), Hands (2011), Keats Lives (2015) and Donegal Tarantella (2019), more than three decades'™ work, a poetry of individual poems which compose a memorable, unpredictable sequence of discovery. The land- and seascapes and our primal and enduring responses to endangered earth inspire many of her poems. Archaeology and geology figure as gateways to deeper understanding of our relationship with our past and the natural world.

'Whatever inspiration is,' she quotes Wislawa Szymborska as saying, 'it is born from a continuous "I don't know",' from the confusion of adolescence to the very different confusions of adult life. There are dark confusions and those which are luminous and filled with joy -- desperation and rapture are their extremes. Each poem makes a space in which the readers share experience and discover something uniquely their own as well. She is fortunate enough to have developed in a culture rapidly changing, in which the poetries of the world were becoming available, in which the situation of women was radically changing. She was at once a beneficiary and an agent of change and these poems retain that enabling agency.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.

About the speakers:

Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with six published collections. Originally from Co. Donegal, she has spent most of her adult life in Galway and now lives in Dublin. She has represented Ireland at many international festivals and conferences, in Japan, India, the US and many European and South American countries. Her work has been widely translated. She studied History and Politics at University College Dublin and International Relations at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. A native speaker of Irish, for many years she taught adolescent traveller children. She has taught creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway and was director of the International Writers' Course at NUIG. A winner of the Brendan Behan award and of the Lawrence O Shaughnessy award, she has edited Poetry Ireland Review and was 2011 Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University. She is a member of Aosdana, the Irish affiliation of creative artists.

Margaret Kelleher is Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin. She is Chair of the Board of the Irish Film Institute and member of the Board of Directors for MoLI, the Museum of Literature Ireland. Her publications include The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (co-edited with Philip O'Leary) and The Maamtrasna Murders (2018) which won the American Conference for Irish Studies Michael J. Durkan prize for books on Language and Culture in 2019.

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