It is said that Galicia and Ireland share legends, climate, music, culture and even chromosomes. To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, the Instituto Cervantes joins the festival with a reading of poems in Galician, Spanish and English. Galician writer Manuel Rivas and his English translator, Lorna Shaughnessy, will read poems from the recently published collection of poems The Mouth of the Earth (Shearsman Press, 2019). Editor Tony Frazer will present the event.
For Manuel Rivas, words are the most sensitive of creatures. Rivas’ poems urge us to look more closely at the wake of what has passed, and to peer long and hard into the fog of the present. He evokes memory as a source of both nostalgia and future and it has been a predominant theme in all his writing. Manuel Rivas has been published in English both in poetry (From Unknown to Unknown, The Disappearance of Snow) and prose.
Lorna Shaughnessy has published four poetry collections. Her translation of Manuel Rivas’ The Disappearance of Snow (Shearsman Press) was shortlisted for the Popescu Prize in European Poetry Translation in 2014. She lectures in Hispanic Studies in NUI, Galway.
Sit comfortably and enjoy the reading.