Caitríona Ní ChléircínÓ Bhéal in association with Foras na Gaeilge presents a virtual bi-lingual event with Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and Louis de Paor.

Caitríona Ní Chléirchín is an Irish-language poet, critic and lecturer originally from Gortmoney, Emyvale in Co. Monaghan. She is an Irish-language and literature lecturer at DCU. Her début collection Crithloinnir won the Oireachtas Prize for New Writers in 2010 and her second collection An Bhrídeach Sí published in 2014 has won the Michael Hartnett Prize 2015. Her work was included in the Calling Cards anthology (The Gallery Press, 2019). Her forthcoming collection The Talk of the Town was published in April by The Gallery Press and includes translations in English by Peter Fallon.

Mícheál Ó Ruairc has described her as the new love lyricist writing Irish poetry today in Comhar, December 2010. Liam Carson has compared her work to that of the famous Russian Poet Marina Tsvetaeva, in his review of her first collection in Poetry Ireland Review 104, 2011.

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 for a time. A five times winner of the Oireachtas prize for the best collection of poems in Irish, he lived in Australia from 1987 to 1996. Ag greadadh bas sa reilig/Clapping in the cemetery was published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 2005 and reprinted in 2006. A second bilingual volume agus rud eile de/and another thing (2010) includes artwork by Kathleen Furey and a recording of poems with musical settings by Ronan Browne. A bilingual selection of his early work, The brindled cat and the nightingale’s tongue, was published by Bloodaxe in 2014. His most recent collection ia Grá fiar (Coiscéim, 2016).

Virtual Ó Bhéal Session
The event will be hosted on Zoom and limited to 100 people. There will also be a live-stream on Ó Bhéal’s facebook page.

The link to join the session will be posted on their facebook and twitter pages, no later than 8.15pm on the Monday evening. The session is expected to run for approximately 3 hours.

The evening will feature three parts:
8.30pm: Five Word Challenge (max 30 – after the allotted 15 minutes writing time);
9.30pm: Featured Guest Poets (Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and Louis de Paor – 20 mins each);
10:20pm: Open-Mic Session for original poetry (max 30).

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