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Columbanus Festival - Nature and Humanity in Irish Monastic Poetry Lecture

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Part of the Columbanus Festival 20 and 21 November 2021

A festival of workshops, walks and talks will commemorate the life and legacy of Columbanus.

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9th century, translation by Tim Dwyer

Over Loch Laíg waves

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Irish monks were likely the first in Europe to write poetic verse in a vernacular language. We will read and discuss their poems, including three believed to have been composed in Bangor or Nendrum. We will review how these poets crafted exquisite images of nature and conveyed deep human feeling and spirituality, ranging from grief to humor and satire. Tim Dwyer will include some of his own translations and his original poems inspired by this rich tradition.

Tim Dwyer’s poetry appears regularly in Irish and UK journals, including Cyphers, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review and Southword. He is the author of Smithy Of Our Longings (Lapwing Press). Raised in Brooklyn by parents from Galway, he recently moved to Bangor from the U.S. He has long been inspired by Irish monastic poetry.

The Zoom link will be sent to you by email a few days in advance of the lecture.

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