Reading with Aifric Mac Aodha and Louis De Paor with music by Lynn Saoirse.
Foreign News (2017) is Aifric Mac Aodha’s first collection with The Gallery Press. She has taught in St Petersburg, New York and Canada and has lectured in old and modern Irish at UCD. She lives in Dublin, where she works for Irish-language publisher An Gúm. Her poetry is both playful and exact. As Clíona Ní Ríordáin put it in The Irish Times: ‘If the subject matter of her poems is serious, the images that are dotted throughout the volume are engaging and contemporary, they include a laconic DJ, Marilyn Monroe and her voluminous skirts and the crackle of electricity.’
Louis de Paor has been involved with the contemporary renaissance of poetry in Irish since 1980 when he was first published in the poetry journal Innti, which he subsequently edited. A four-time winner of the Oireachtas prize for the best collection of poems in Irish, he lived in Australia from 1987 to 1996. Ag Greadadh Bás sa Reilig/Clapping In the Cemetery was published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 2005, with a second bilingual volume Agus Rud Eile de/And Another Thing in 2010.