Explore the text and context of Irish literature. With programming partners Poetry Ireland and Culture Ireland, we invite Canadian audiences to immerse themselves into the words and ideas of the region and discover new favourites! Catriona Crowe, Emma Donoghue, Julie Morrissy, Paul Muldoon, and Ciaran O’Rourke will read from and present their latest work.
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Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its ninth volume, covering the period 1948 – 51, in November 2014. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in late 2011. She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters. She presented Ireland before the Rising, a TV documentary dealing with Irish social history in the years leading up to 1916, on RTE in February 2016. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Supported by Culture Ireland and Poetry Ireland
Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres writing literary history, biography, and stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical to the contemporary. Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange prizes. The Lotterys Plus One is her first novel for young readers.
Julie Morrissy is a poet from Dublin who has spent many years living in Canada and the U.S. She is a Vice-Chancellor Research Scholar at University of Ulster, pursuing her doctorate in Poetry. Morrissy has performed and published her work widely in Ireland, the UK, Canada and the US. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (UK) and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Her debut chapbook I Am Where is available from Eyewear Press. Supported by Culture Ireland and Poetry Ireland
Paul Muldoon is the author of One Thousand Things Worth Knowing as well as eleven previous books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel (FSG, 2002). He is the poetry editor of The New Yorker and the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton. Supported by Culture Ireland and Poetry Ireland
Ciaran O'Rourke was born in 1991 and is based in Dublin. Winner of the Fish Poetry Prize 2016, the Westport Poetry Prize 2015 (In Memory of Dermot Healy) and the Lena Maguire / Cuirt New Irish Writing Award 2009, his poems have been widely published. His online chapbook, The Sea Path, was published by Smithereens Press in 2016. Supported by Culture Ireland & Poetry Ireland