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