An evening with Mark Boyle and Paul Kingsnorth!

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We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Mark Boyle's "The Way Home" and Paul Kingsnorth's "Savage Gods" next Thursday, 27th of June, at 6.30 pm.These two leading lights of the ecological and alternative living movement are completely forging a new path in their respective ways.Mark lived for a number of years completely without money, an incredible journey that he cataloged in his earlier book "The Moneyless Man". He has now gone one step further and renounced technology completely. This Thoreau for the 21st Century is a radical response to the overwhelming nature of how technology leaves us disconnected and dislocated, definitely an important book.Paul's "Savage Gods" follows on from his extraordinary novels "The Wake" and "Beast" and his extensive ecological writings with this disquisition on the attempt to relocate his family from a metropolitan world to a simpler and more meaningful life in the west of Ireland.All are welcome to what will be a highlight of our summer events calendar!

Crann na Teanga: The Language Tree - Cathal Ó Searcaigh

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"Crann na Teanga: The Language Tree" - Cathal Ó Searcaigh

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The Book

Cathal Ó Searcaigh is a leading figure in the remarkable renaissance of Irish-language poetry in our time. Over the past four decades, he has made an enormous contribution to the range and corpus of Gaelic verse. In his wide-ranging work – from the intimacies of the Donegal Gaeltacht to the far reaches of the American West – the old and the new are in triumphant synthesis.This extensive selection of poems from 17 collections, in a dual-language format, brings to the attention of an even wider public the heady abundance of a truly audacious talent. Ranging from the occupation of Palestine to human-earth relations, it is a book that gives credence to the idea of one borderless and unbounded creation.

About the Author

Cathal Ó Searcaigh is from the Donegal Gaeltacht and spends several months every year in Nepal. His first prose work, Seal i Neipeal, is an account of his time there. Several of his poetry collections have been translated into French, Breton, Italian, German, Russian, Danish and Japanese, and have also been set to music. Ó Searcaigh's selected poems,Ag Tnúth leis an tSolas: 1975-2000, won the Irish Times Irish language literature prize in 2001. Ó Searcaigh is currently working on his memoirs. He is a member of Aosdána.

Cú 3: Fuascailteoir - Paul Bolger and Barry Devlin

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"Cú 3: Fuascailteoir" by Paul Bolger and Barry Devlin

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The Book

The third volume in the great Cú Chulainn epic has arrived — and the whole saga is now available as a graphic novel. In this final book Cú Chulainn’s enemies gather against him — Calaitín. Méabh, and even the Morrigan herself! It is here Cú Chulainn fights his epic battle with Feardia on the ford. And to add to the slaughter the Connaught hordes are about to descend upon Ulster. All Hell is breaking loose!A strong lively retelling of the old story, illustrated with verve and panache. This is a book that awakens old ancestral memories, ignitinig them with the fire of youth.

Bellamy's Ireland: The Wild Boglands - David Bellamy

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"Bellamy's Ireland: The Wild Boglands" by David Bellamy

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The Book

David Bellamy takes the reader on an adventure in exploration of the Irish bogs. He explains the nature of peat and bogs; gives accounts of various boggy habitats; takes a dive under the soggy blanket in search of history and pre-history and the peaty roots of Irish people.

About the Author

The botanist and wildlife writer David Bellamy is well known to television viewers and wildlife fans as an active and enthusiastic campaigner on conservation issues. He is the director of the Conservation Foundation, trutee of the World Wildlife Fund, vice-president of the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society and councillor of the Wildfowl Trust.