Moya Cannon & Stephen Sexton: Poets in Conversation with Niall MacMonagle

The Blank Page: Poets in Conversation with Niall MacMonagle

Poets from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney have used the National Library’s
reading rooms, and the literary papers of many poets are part of the library’s manuscripts collections. As we look forward to the opening of the exhibition "Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again" in summer 2018, join us for The Blank Page – a series in which poets will discuss their work with critic, editor and broadcaster, Niall MacMonagle.

Thursday 7 June at 7pm

 Join poets Moya Cannon and Stephen Sexton for the final conversationin the Blank Page series.
Beginning with a general conversation  about poetry in general and what led the participants to poetry, the discussion will move on to consider a specific work.
Each poet will choose one poem from their work prior to the event.
Niall will lead the discussion on the story of the poem and how it came to be written, imagery, narrative etc. The aim is to have a relaxed conversation which will give the audience an insight into the work of the poet and the making of the chosen poem

Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with five published collections, the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester).  The mountains, the sea 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.
Moya has been invited to read in Ireland, Europe, in the Americas, North and South, in Japan and India.  In recent years, selections of her work have been translated into Spanish by the distinguished Argentinian poet, Jorge Fondebrider, into Portuguese by the Brazilian poet, Luci Collin, and into German by poets Eric Giebel and Eva Bourke.
She has been honoured with the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and she was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2011.  She was editor of the Poetry Ireland Review and is a member of Aosdána, the affilitation of Irish creative artists. Her Collected Poems will be published by Carcanet Press in 2019.

Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast. His poems have appeared in Granta, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best British Poetry 2015. His pamphlet, Oils, published by The Emma Press, was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition and the recipient of an ACES award

Niall MacMonagle, critic and broadcaster, is a regular contributor to the Today with Sean O'Rourke programme on Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited numerous anthologies including Real Cool, Slow Time, Off the Wall, Lifelines, TEXT A Transition Year English Reader, the Leaving Certificate Poetry Now textbooks and Windharp. He is the originator of the Poetry Aloud: poetry speaking competition for post-primary schools.  He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature by UCD in 2017 for his services to literature. from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

All welcome! Booking not required.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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