Gabriel’s ‘Farewell’ for Revival in Limerick

Gabriel’s ‘Farewell’ for Revival in Limerick

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Described as “the best contemporary, traditional, popular poet in English”, Kerry poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will read in Limerick this September. Local publishers Revival Press has announced a reading and book launch with Gabriel Fitzmaurice at The People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Sq., Limerick on Thurs 22nd Sept 7.30pm. The book, A Farewell to Poetry (revised edition), published by Revival Press will be launched by Limerick poet Jo Slade..

Some of Ireland’s most celebrated writers have praised Fitzmaurice’s work, including Seamus Heaney.  Also song writing legend Kris Kristofferson has said about his work that these are “real stories told in real language, the poems…have the powerful magic of the true folk song…and the songs are haunting and beautiful”. The reading will be accompanied with music from Mick Lacey and friends.

All welcome to attend.

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is author of more than sixty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. Poems of his have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and performed by the RTÉ Cór na nÓg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Recipient of the Listowel Writers’ Week John B. Keane Lifetime Achievement award, he is an honorary member of the Szechenyi Academy of Letters and Arts in Hungary. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts.

Revival Press is the poetry imprint of the Limerick Writers’ Centre.

Details: Tel 087 2996409

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