In Conversation with Fintan O’Toole
Sunday 17 November
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street
Free entry, Booking advised
Moyvane’s resident poet and one of Ireland’s most prodigious authors, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, is joined by Fintan O’Toole, columnist with the Irish Times and author of many books, most recently Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain. Their conversation will be based around celebrating Fitzmaurice’s writing throughout his entire career – and to discuss his final poetry book, A Farewell to Poetry (Currach Books), the foreword to which is written by O’Toole. Carefully selected by the poet himself, this collection of poems spans over 30 years of penmanship. A Farewell to Poetry is the latest in a long line of over 50 books written by Fitzmaurice – whether you have followed his work for years or are a new reader, this event is not to be missed.
Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over 30 years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is author of more than 60 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 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 National Symphony Orchestra. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts.
Fintan O’Toole is a columnist with the Irish Times and author of many books, most recently Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain.