Mayo County Council is delighted to announce that Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is the writer in residence for 2010.
Venue: Linenhall Arts Centre
Date: Monday 31st May 2010
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Contact: Brid Quinn on 087 6283140
All are welcome no matter how much, or how little, you write or think you might like to write.
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was born in Lancashire, England in 1952 and raised in Corca Dhuibhne, the Irish-speaking area in Co. Kerry. Ní Dhomhnaill was among the literary group Innti when at university and although her poetry has matured with age, a wonderful vitality and energy and hope are still in evidence, as they were in her poetry from this early, inspirational period in recent Irish literary history.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Ní Dhomhnaill's poetry for those who do not speak Irish is her use of folklore sources. A staple is the juxtaposition of modern life with folkloric motifs, each putting the other in context. There is a fine sense of humour in her work too along with a feisty strain of native feminism (the type that might well object to 'feisty' were it not for the sense of humour).
It would be practically impossible to list the many prizes, awards and honours which have been bestowed on Ní Dhomhnaill at home and abroad; she is truly internationally renowned and is among the few Irish-language writers well known to the general Irish public.
Ní Dhomhnaill is in constant demand: she is an animated reader of her poetry and unlike some other poets who write in the Irish language she welcomes translation into English of her work and has worked closely with translators on projects to make versions of her work available in English. She, herself, writes only in the Irish language, however.
Mayo County Council Arts Office has a strong history of writers in residence over its 21 years of service. Previous writers who have held residencies in Mayo include Ré Ó'Laighléis, Sean Lysaght, Máire Holmes, John Breen, Paddy Bushe and Éilís Ni Dhuibhne.
For more information on the Residency please contact Mayo Arts Office on 094-9024444 ext 7558&7560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .