Galicia and Ireland share legends, climate, music, culture and even chromosomes, or so it’s said. This Thursday, March 14th, they will also share verses in Focus Galician Poetry. The Instituto Cervantes joins St. Patrick’s Festival to celebrate the patron saint’s day with the reading of poetry in Galician, Spanish and English.
Considered one of the most representative writers in Galician language nowadays and a revolutionary in the region’s contemporary literature, Manuel Rivas will read poems for his most recently published collection in English The Mouth of the Earth (Shearsman Press, 2019). Irish poet Lorna Shaughnessy, the translator of this collection will voice the particular universe of this multi-awarded author. Shaughnessy has published four poetry collections of her own and lectures in Hispanic Studies in NUI, Galway.
For Manuel Rivas, words are the most sensitive of creatures. He evokes memory as a source of both nostalgia and future, and it has been a predominant theme in all his writing. Manuel Rivas has been published in English both in prose (The Carpenter’s Pencil, Books Burn Badly) and poetry (From Unknown to Unknown, The Disappearance of Snow). Translated by Lorna (Shearsman Press), this last title was shortlisted for the Popescu Prize in European Poetry Translation in 2014. Join us to transform St Patrick into St Poetrick!
The poetry collection ‘The Mouth of the Earth’ will be available for sale (€10) and the author will be signing copies after the panel.
Instituto Cervantes (Dublin) – Auditorium. Lincoln House, 6-16 Lincoln Place, D2.