We welcome Belfast-based poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn for a bilingual Irish and English reading of his poems.
In his poetry, Gearóid explores the shifting relationships and conflicts between the Irish language and the English language and raises questions about the role of tradition, Irish identities and the nature of translation itself. Gearóid is an original and sometimes shocking voice in contemporary Irish literature.
Poet and playwright Cathal Ó Searcaigh was quoted as saying that Gearóid’s work ‘blows the living breath of youth into the old lungs of Irish, making the blood froth in her veins again.’
This event will include a selection of Irish and English poems that link with the themes and ideas behind Mark Cousins’ I Am Belfast. The event is accessible to all, with or without Irish language.