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Moya Cannon - Poetry & Ecology
The workshop will honour the theme of this year’s festival, ‘Poetry and Ecology’. However, since poetry is irreverent in relation to boundaries, we will not be limited by the theme but only by the imagination of the participants and the poems which they bring along to share.
The aim is to workshop the participants’ own poems, whatever their themes, in a supportive, positive and enjoyable context. We will also allocate some time to looking at the work of contemporary poets from a number of literary traditions, to try to discover how their work impacts on us and how we can apply some of the principles of their craft in our own work. The focus will be on finding how to cast about for the external images and rhythms which correspond to and make sense of our inner lives and which allow us to communicate with others.
Workshop will run 9.15 am – 11.15 am, Friday 21st– Sunday 23rdJune.
Venue: The Butler Arms Hotel
Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with five published collections, the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester). The mountains, the sea and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems. Archaeology and geology figure too as gateways to deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past.
Music, particularly traditional Irish music, has always been a deep interest and is a constant theme. She has received the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2011. She has edited Poetry Ireland Reviewand is a member of Aosdána,the affiliation of Irish creative artists.