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Moya Cannon

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  • 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. She has a deep interest in music and enjoys performing with musicians. Her Collected Poems is due in 2021.
    Praise for Moya Cannon  'A revelation in its range and depth. These poems are written out of Moya Cannon's enduring preoccupations: with history - especially the history of exile and displacement - with music, language, loss. True to the shifts of real experience, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes ironic, she deploys an understated technique, in a voice that is deliberate, exact and witty. Here are poems, landscapes alive with birds, people and stories, that show us our world, our past and culture through the gift of just, joyful words; they help us to reflect and to live.'
    Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
    'Its sterling qualities are manifest and manifold: a deep interiority and soaring lyricism, and an ability to produce what Tim Robinson has termed 'geophany', a showing forth of the earth.'
    Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
    'The intensely lyrical musings on life, landscape and love stir the heart, disturb the settled thought and, more in this collection than in the earlier, soothe the soul. Like her fellow northerner, Seamus Heaney, Cannon digs deep with the pen. And whilst the theme of sea voyaging and water inform the titles of both her books, that which the earth throws up is of equal fascination.'
    The Cork Examiner
    'Her newly published second collection, The Parchment Boat contains the subtly evoked passion and meditative restraint that was distinctive in Oar, her first collection.'
    The Irish Times
    'All the journeyings envisaged and chronicled by Moya Cannon are to be sought in a remarkable symbiosis of humanity and the 'natural world', a perceived and felt unity of creation which goes light years beyond any mere empathy of imagining. I should not be surprised if a few of Moya Cannon's phrases become, in time, part of our 'poetry-talking': 'the faulted hills', 'the room-sized fields', 'the clay part of the heart.'
    Poetry Ireland Review
    'Complicated things happen simply in these poems. The Burren's dove-saints hatch out under the eyes of raptors; old wooden sailboats of Connemara take root in salt water. Moya Cannon's style is as discreet as the advance of spring over her favoured landscapes. It is good to have a collection of her work to hand, for deep re-reading.'
    Tim Robinson
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