Louis Mulcahy is a potter and ceramic sculptor who writes poetry. He recently won the 2019 Robert Leslie Boland Poetry Prize. He will read in English from his latest collection of poetry The Potter’s Book, published in 2018 by Doire Press. This is the fourth poetry collection from Louis Mulcahy & reflects on fifty years working in clay. With humour, scepticism and love, Louis reflects on the trials and joys of the artist craftsman from prehistory through Biblical times to his own ceramic sculpture, ranging from the classic pots of the Chinese Sung Dynasty through those of the Japanese Tea Ceremony to the excitement and vicissitudes of learning the Potter’s craft. His poetry has garnered appreciation from many respected poets, including Thomas McCarthy, who said of this collection, ‘Here is a poetry of childhood, memory, but mainly, and most triumphantly, a poetry of human longing and attachment.’
Ciarraíoch í Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Tá a cuid filíochta léite aici i bPáras, i Nua Eabhrac, i Montréal agus ar an mBuailtín. Bhuaigh a dán ‘Deireadh na Feide’ Corn Uí Néill in 2012 agus roghnaíodh ‘Filleadh ar an gCathair’ mar Dhán Uachtarántacht an Aontais Eorpaigh in 2013. Bhain an dán céanna áit amach ar ghearrliosta RTÉ, ‘A Poem for Ireland’. D’fhoilsigh Coiscéim a céad chnuasach filíochta, Péacadh, in 2008 agus Tost agus Allagar in 2016. The Coast Road an teideal atá ar chnuasach dátheangach a d’fhoilsigh Gallery Press mar a bhfuil aistriúcháin le filí aitheanta an Bhéarla.
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