Louis de Paor Readings

Louis de Paor Readings


A major anthology of 20th-century poetry in Irish edited by Louis de Paor, Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession, was published by Bloodaxe on 21 April. It was launched  at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, where Louis de Paor lives, followed by events in Cork and New York.  The anthology was given its official launch in Dublin on 8 July 2016 by former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese, at National Library of Ireland, Dublin, hosted by Poetry Ireland.  Louis de Paor has been giving other readings from the book in Ireland and abroad, alongside poets with work included in the anthology.

Louis de Paor is one of Ireland's leading Irish-language poets. His bilingual anthology Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession is the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish with English translations. It forms a sequel to Seán Ó Tuama and Thomas Kinsella’s groundbreaking 1981 anthology, An Duanaire 1600-1900 / Poems of the Dispossessed, which covered poetry in Irish from the 17th to the 19th century. Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession includes the work of twenty-six of the 20th century’s leading Irish language poets.  Most of the translations have been newly commissioned from some of Ireland’s most distinguished poets and translators. 



Göteborg Book Fair, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Göteborg, Sweden, Saturday 30 September 2017, 13.00-13.45

Voices from Ireland: Poems of repossession

The first language of the Republic of Ireland is not, as some might think, English; rather, it is Gaeilge, or Irish. This ancient language has a rich literary heritage, especially its poetic tradition, which traces back to the fili or bards of pre-Christian Ireland. However, much of this poetry is hidden from view of the majority of readers, even in Ireland, given the hegemony of the English language in both everyday and cultural life. In response to this, in 2016, Cló Iar-Chonnacht and Bloodaxe Books published Leabhar na hAthghabhála | Poems of Repossession, an anthology of 20th century Irish poetry – complete with English translations by renowned poets – in order to make visible and audible to non-Irish speakers the distinctive tradition and aesthetic of poetry in the Irish language.

Join the anthology’s editor Louis de Paor and the Irish language poets Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Liam O Muirthile tolearn more about the Irish language and its poetry and to hear some of the poems in their beautiful originals and creative English translations.

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The Irish Times, Saturday 18 June 2016

‘Every so often, though, a book arrives which shows the possibility of reconsidering and reconceiving the way poetry works in Ireland: Leabhar Na hAthghabhála: Poems of Repossession (Cló Iar-Chonnacht/Bloodaxe) is one of those books… This is a terrific, open introduction to a century of Irish-language poetry and its connections and conjunctions animate the debates and breakthroughs and experiments, successful and otherwise, that comprise our living tradition.’ – John McAuliffe, Irish Times

A terrific, open anthology includes more than 160 poems in Irish and English:
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The Manchester Review, July 2016

‘One of the fascinating aspects of this anthology is to note the cross currents and influences that have shaped the poetry included in it and to see how a legitimate desire to preserve one’s roots does not necessarily cut one off from the wider world.’ – David Cooke, The Manchester Review
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[14 September 2017]

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