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Poetry reading and discussion on Wednesday: free to attend.

Nov 10, 2017

Thomas McCarthy and Mary O'Malley
Thomas McCarthy and Mary O'Malley

Colleagues and students are welcome at a free event led by two esteemed Irish poets to be held in Peel 116 from 12 noon till 1pm on Wednesday 15 November. No booking is needed and you can just turn up.

Aosdana members, poets Mary O’Malley and Thomas McCarthy will be reading and discussing the influence of the Irish Literary Revival on their work. The special event has been organised by Dr Scott Thurston, Frances Piper and Dr Caroline Magennis from the School of Arts and Media.

Dr Caroline Magennis, who runs modules in Irish literature at Salford, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for students taking Revival and Revolution, and we are delighted to welcome interested students and colleagues from across the University. In class, we focus on the relationship between literature and nation in Ireland over the last 100 years of turmoil and peace so we relish the chance to discuss the power of writing with two established writers. Tom and Mary are two of the finest poets writing in Ireland today: having seen both of them read, I can assure you that Salford is in for a treat.”

Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara in Ireland, and educated at University College Galway. She lived in Lisbon for eight years, teaching at the University. The author of several widely commended collections, including The Octopus (2016), Valapariso (2012), A Perfect V (2006), Mary also served on the council of Poetry Ireland and was on the Committee of the Cuirt International Poetry for several years. She taught on the MA programmes for Writing and Education in the Arts at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013, and has held residencies in Paris, Tarragona, New York, NUI Galway, as well as in Derry, Belfast. Mary has won a number of awards for her poetry, including the 2016 Arts Council University of Limerick Writer's Fellowship and writes and broadcasts for radio regularly.

Thomas McCarthy was born in County Waterford in 1954. He was educated at University College Cork and worked for many years at Cork City libraries. He now writes full time and is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Pandemonium (2016) but including The Sorrow Garden (1981), The Lost Province (1996) and Merchant Prince (2005), as well as two novels and a collection of essays and diaries. He was an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa in 1978/79 and Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota in 1994/95. A former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review, he has directed Poetry Workshops at Arvon Foundation, Listowel Writers Week and at Molly Keane Writers Retreat. His work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and several other languages. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award and the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize (Minnesota). He lives in Cork, but has spent more than thirty summers by the sea in the neighbourhood of Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.

The event has received funding support from Culture Ireland and is part of a wider visit to Greater Manchester organised by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Emigrant Support Programme. The poets will also be holding a reading with our ICZ Collaborators – The Irish World Heritage Centre on 14 November and you can book tickets for that event here.