Moya Cannon will give a poetry reading for the TRA at 2pm on the 11th of January 2022
Moya Cannon’s Collected Poems (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2021) has been listed among the Irish Times Poetry Books of the Year. The most recent of her previous six collections of poetry is Donegal Tarantella. She studied history and politics at UCD and International Relations at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She has been invited to read her poetry in Japan, China, the US, Canada, and in many South American countries. Her website address is moyacannon.ie
The mountains, the shoreline and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems. Archaeology and geology figure too as gateways to deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past.
Music, particularly traditional Irish music, has always been a deep interest and is a constant theme. She has received the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and was 2011 Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University. She was born in Co. Donegal and now lives in Dublin.
‘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 (re. Donegal Tarantella, 2019)
‘These wonderful poems lay down not just a landscape and a history, but a music which is all their own, through which the reader can enter a unique dialogue between elegy and celebration.’
Eavan Boland (re. Carrying the Songs, 2007)
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