Thursday, 27 March 2008

Cúirt 2008

Travels to India, poems inspired by the Aran Islands, and a host of award winning writers make up this year’s much expanded Cúirt Irish language programme.

Manchan Magan is one of the most colourful and likeable individuals working in the media today. His brilliant travel slots on The Last Word on Today FM sees Manchan discussing his journeys to places no one else would think of going.

As part of Cúirt Manchan will read from his book Baba-ji agus TnaG which won an Oireachtas Award in 2005. It describes his journey from studying yoga in India to returning to Ireland to work in TG4 (then called TnaG).

Joining Manchan at the reading will be writer and playwright, Darach Ó Scolai. He has won several awards for his two plays: Coinneail Orainn and An Braon Anios. He will be reading from his latest novel An Cleireach which won an Oireachtas prize in 2007.

Manchan and Darach will read in the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday April 24 at 3.30pm.

Kerry poet Dairena Ni Chinneide will launch her book Mathair an Fhiaigh/The Ravens Mother during Cúirt.

The book launch takes place in the Galway City Museum on Friday April 25 at 12 noon and the reading in Pearse’s Cottage, Rosmuc, at 2.15pm.

Cork’s Liam Ó Muirthile has published poetry, plays, and prose as Gaeilge. He was awarded Duais Chuimhneachain Sheain Ui Eigeartaigh for his novel Ar Bhruach na Laoi and has won many prizes for his poetry. For Cúirt he will read from his latest collection Sanas.

Liam Ó Muirthile reads with David Means in the Town Hall Theatre on Friday April 25 at 3.30pm. The event will also see the launch of Flosca Teo publishers.

Cúirt will also celebrating the life of Mairtin Ó Direain. His poems - most which were inspired by life in Aran - were all written as Gaeilge and many have been translated into English. A casting of his much loved poem Fear Lastai Lampai will be placed on the promenade in Salthill, looking towards his beloved Aran Islands.

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