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
Born in Dublin, Emma Donoghue is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, selling more than two million copies. Donoghue’s screenplay of Room earned the film four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her fiction ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects) to the historical (Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music) and includes books for young readers. Her novel The Wonder was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Julie Morrissy is an Irish poet, critic and activist. Having lived in Canada and the U.S., she currently resides in her hometown of Dublin, Ireland. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2016, her debut poetry pamphlet, I Am Where, was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards’ Best Poetry Pamphlet and she was selected as a “Rising Generation” poet by the editor of Poetry Ireland Review. Her work has been published widely in Ireland, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. Where, the Mile End is her first book. Supported by Culture 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