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March 15, 2012 – “An Leabhar Mòr” Events Scheduled for Poets House

“An Leabhar Mòr” Events Scheduled for Poets House

Gaelic Poets and Scholars Slated to Appear

The Clan Currie Society and the Gaelic Arts Agency today announce that the Ellis Island exhibition will be accompanied by two Great Book events in The Poets House, at 10 River Terrace in Manhattan, which looks out onto Ellis Island and is immediately adjacent to the Irish Famine Memorial.

Poet's House will host two evenings of Gaelic poetry and lectures.On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 and Thursday, April 5, 2012 three eminent Gaelic poets will read a selection of poems from the “Great Book” as well as some of their own work. This is a great opportunity to experience 1,500 years of traditional and contemporary poetry in one of the oldest languages in Europe.

The readings will be bi-lingual – in the original Gaelic with English translations – and refreshments will be available on both evenings. The three distinguished poets are Aonghas Dubh MacNeacaill, Christopher Whyte, and Kevin Macneill.

The April 3 event begins at 7:15pm with a 30 minute screening of Murray Grigor’s BBC film, “Is Mise An Teanga/ I Am The Tongue”, about the making of the Great Book and the Scots/Irish Gaelic connection. This will be followed by Q&A and the readings will begin at 8pm.

The Poets House events will feature a lecture by Michael Newton.

The April 5 event begins at 7.15pm with a rare opportunity to hear one of the leading experts on the subject, Dr. Michael Newton. Newton’s talk is entitled, “Gaelic Voices of Exile: The History and Literature of Gaels in America.” This will be followed by Q&A and the poetry readings will begin at 8.15pm.

For additional information, contact Poets House at (212) 431-7920.

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