by Pauline Nic Chonaonaigh
The collection of poetry, Tadhall by Pauline Nic Chonaonaigh, published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, which features photographs by Simon Boyle, will be launched at a special evening of poetry and music in Seanscoil Sailearna on Friday, 12 April at 8:00 p.m. The event is being organised by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in association with the Cúirt festival. Entry is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.
Local author and academic, Máire Ní Neachtain, will be the host on the evening and poems from the collection will be read aloud by Deirdre Nic Chonaonaigh, Síle Nic Chonaonaigh and Maidhc P. Ó Conaola, accompanied by the distinctive music of Johnny Óg Connolly.
In Tadhall, her first collection, Pauline Nic Chonaonaigh finds inspiration in the small miracles she sees in the world around her: swallows on their journey, the light of the moon piercing clouds or the contrast between the palpable intensity of stillness and the ripping ferocity of a storm.
Pauline Nic Chonaonaigh:
Guthán: 087 9583354
Pauline Nic Chonaonaigh was born in Galway, and although she spent most of her childhood in the city, she always had a strong connection to Cois Fharraige, as both of her parents were originally from that area. She spent the summers of her youth in Spiddal and that is where she married and settled down and raised her family. Pauline worked with the National University of Ireland, Galway, until her retirement in recent years. Her poems have been published in Comhar, Feasta, An tUltach and Northwest Words. This collection won the first prize in the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Literary Competition for New Writers in 2016.
Simon Boyle: www.simonboylephotography.com
Simon Boyle lives in Spiddal, Connemara, with his wife and their two daughters. He takes inspiration for his photographs from the beauty of the surrounding landscape and in the beauty of the simple relationships between people.