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Filíocht: Poetry:  Colm Breathnach  29 November 2019

Is mór an onóir dúinn fáilte a chur roimh Colm Breathnach, file, aistritheoir, eagarthóir is úrscealaí i WAS i mbliana.

It’s an honour for us to welcome poet, translator, editor and novelist, Colm Breathnach to WAS in November.

Colm Breathnach

Colm Breathnach: File agus úrscéalaí é Colm go bhfuil naoi gcinn de chnuasaigh filíochta foilsithe aige chomh maith leis an úrscéal Con Trick “An Bhalla Bháin” (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2009). Bhuaigh sé an phríomhdhuais filíochta i gComórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais ceithre huaire agus sa bhliain 1999 bhronn an Foras Cultúrtha Gael-Mheiriceánach ‘Duais an Bhuitléirigh’ air. Chaith sé tréimhsí ina scríbhneoir cónaithe i Shanghai na Síne, sa tSlóivéin agus i gColáiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach. Tá saothar leis aistrithe go hocht gcinn de theangacha agus deineadh ceol a chur le dánta leis faoi Thionscadal na nAmhrán Ealaíne Gaeilge. Sa bhliain 2015 d’fhoilsigh LeabhairCOMHAR an leabhar Tírdhreacha, rogha théamúil dánta agus dánta nua maille le pictiúirí le Pól Ó Colmáin.

Colm Breathnach: Colm is a poet and novelist. He has published nine collections of poetry and the novel Con Trick “An Bhalla Bháin” (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2009). He has won the principle poetry prize in the annual Oireachtas Literary Competitions four times and in 1999 the Irish American Cultural Institute awarded him the ‘Butler Prize’. He has been writer in residence in Shanghai, Slovenia and Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. His poetry has been translated into eight languages and he has had poems set to music under the Irish Language Art Song Project. In 2015 LeabhairComhar published the collection Tírdhreacha containing a thematic selection of poems and new poems with accompanying illustrations by Pól Ó Colmáin.



Poetry:  Award-winning bi-lingual poet, Doireann Ni Ghriofa will be returning to WAS at a date to be announced, to launch her new collection of poems in English, the multi-award-winning Clasp  

Clasp is her first English-language collection of poems. In three sections entitled ‘Clasp’, ‘Cleave’ and ‘Clench’, Ní Ghríofa engages in a strikingly physical way with the world of her subject matter. The result is by times what one poem calls ‘A History in Hearts’, among other things an intimate exploration of love, childbirth and motherhood, and simultaneously a place of separation and anxiety. In one poem set in the boys’ home in Letterfrack, a place of undeniable terror, we see how, in the name of religion, “The earth holds small skulls like seeds”.

The final section of the book comprises a single poem, Seven Views of Cork City, which, swooping in and out of personal history, paints a convincing if sometimes unsettling portrait of the poet’s adopted city, and of urban life’s ubiquitous restraints on “our dream of speed”.

The woman’s body is central to the collection, highlighted, visible, unconquered. Forgotten bones are reclaimed, gendered territory is staked out; it is clear that Ní Ghríofa’s has a voice which will not be silenced… In Clasp Ní Ghríofa has signalled that she is a poetic force to be reckoned with in the future.” – Clíona Ní Riordáin, Southword Journal

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa






 FILM:  after a rapturuous reception in January, we plan to show again the stunning film, the groundbreaking documentary,

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World       by Mary Lanceagnes_martin_cover

Agnes Martin has been designated by ARTnews Magazine as one of the world’s top ten living artists. In this incredibly intimate film, she speaks candidly and eloquently about art, her life and times, her working methods and her own art. This is a “must-see” film.

Date to be announced. Spaces will be limited.


and guitarists, Ari Sheehan & Mick Hoey: the incredible Rianóir 




FILM:    Brought Back By Public Demand!

Pat Collins’ wonderful film, Tim Robinson: Connemara will be shown again in WAS. Music composer, Susan Stenger will be the guest speaker, answering questions. (date to be announced)

Tim Robinson: Connemara

Tim Robinson: Connemara



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