A Ghost in the Throat with Doireann Ní Ghríofa

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Poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa discusses her prose debut, A Ghost in the Throat, with RTE Arena’s Paula Shields.

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Pléann an file Doireann Ní Ghríofa a céad saothar próis, A Ghost in the Throat, le Paula Shields de chuid RTE Arena.

Writing in The Times Bert Wright called A Ghost in the Throat “one of the best books of this dreadful year” and “…an extraordinary feat of ventriloquism delivered in a lush, lyrical prose that dazzles readers from the get-go.”

The acclaimed bilingual poet’s first outing in prose has won her numerous such plaudits for the stunning blend of fiction, scholarly endeavour and literary translation as Ní Ghríofa narrates her efforts to birth a new, feminist translation of Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s elegiac poem recounting the murder of her husband in 1773.

Doireann will discuss how she fell in love with Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire and her experience writing a book inspired by poem and poet. She will read from the original Irish Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire and her English translation, as well as sharing her thoughts on the ‘female text’ and what it means to think of one life in the context of another’s.

Paula Shields is a writer, researcher and interviewer. An arts journalist since the 1990s, she works on Arena, RTÉ’s flagship arts show. Other professional highlights include originating and researching the IFTA award-winning RTÉ TV documentary, Fairytale of New York, in 2017, and judging the 2017 and 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Saturday November 21 at 12.30 IST/GMT. This event will end at 1.10PM IST/GMT. This event will last for 40 minutes: 25 minutes of conversation & discussion followed by 15 minutes for a Q&A.

Buy a copy of A Ghost in the Throat from Kenny’s Bookshop website or in the Dingle Bookshop

Ticketing Information: Attendees can either choose to 'Pay What You Can' or register for a free ticket. All income will go towards supporting Dingle Literary Festival to deliver this event and events in future.

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