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Reading with Paul Durcan
Clifden Arts Festival welcomes back Paul Durcan, one of Ireland’s most distinctive poets. The Dublin-born poets writings are funny subversive narratives and self-mocking poems of underachievement, poems celebrating love and sex of the lives of famous writers and artists, as well as tender verses commemorating the dead. He is respected as a critical commentator on Irish history and society, and won the Whitbread Poetry Award for his collection Daddy, Daddy (1990). Some of his most recent collections include The Art of Life; The Laughter of Mothers; Life is a Dream and Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being.
Writing of his 2008 collection The Laughter of Mothers, Dr Eve Patton said: ‘For all that Durcan’s voice here is a melancholy one, it is still radical and intense, displaying those combined characteristics of conscience, humour, iconoclasm and lyricism which account for his continued popularity both inside and outside his native Ireland.’
Sponsored by Truly and Bobby Gilmore.