Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill poetry reading on Friday

Notre Dame's Department of Irish Language and Literature and the Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies are hosting a poetry reading by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, the foremost contemporary poet writing in the Irish language, this week on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. It is not to be missed!

Poetry Reading
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Naughton Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Irish Poetry
University of Notre Dame
3:00 PM, Hesburgh Center Auditorium
Friday, February 25th

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is one of the most popular Irish poets writing today. Her work draws upon themes of ancient Irish folklore and mythology, combined with contemporary themes of femininity, sexuality, and culture. Born in Lancashire, England in 1952 to Irish physicians, Ní Dhomhnaill was sent to live with relatives in the Irish speaking areas of Counties Kerry and Tipperary at the age of five. She studied English and Irish at UCC in 1969 and became part of the ‘Innti’ school of poets. In 1973, she married Turkish geologist Dogan Leflef and lived abroad in Turkey and Holland for seven years. One year after her return to Co. Kerry in 1980, she published her first collection of poetry in Irish, An Dealg Droighin (1981). She subsequently became a member of Aosdána.

Her works include Féar Suaithinseach (1984); Rogha Dánta/Selected Poems (selected translations with parallel text 1986, 1988, 1990); Pharaoh’s Daughter (selected translations with parallel text 1990); Feis (1991); The Astrakhan Cloak (selected translations with parallel text 1992), The Water Horse (selected translations with parallel text 1991) and The Fifty Minute Mermaid (2007). Selected Essays appeared in 2005.

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