Poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa discusses her prose debut, A Ghost in the Throat, with RTE Arena’s Paula Shields. / Pléann an file Doireann Ní Ghríofa a céad saothar próis, A Ghost in the Throat, le Paula Shields de chuid RTE Arena.

Date/Dáta: Saturday 21 November 2020
Time/Am: 12.30pm to 1.10pm IST/GMT

Writing in The Times Bert Wright called A Ghost in the Throat “one of the best books of this dreadful year” and “…an extraordinary feat of ventriloquism delivered in a lush, lyrical prose that dazzles readers from the get-go.”

The acclaimed bilingual poet’s first outing in prose has won her numerous such plaudits for the stunning blend of fiction, scholarly endeavour and literary translation. Ní Ghríofa narrates her efforts to birth a new, feminist translation of Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s elegiac poem recounting the murder of her husband in 1773.

Doireann will discuss how she fell in love with ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire’ and her experience writing a book inspired by poem and poet. She will read from the original Irish ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire’ and her English translation, as well as sharing her thoughts on the ‘female text’ and what it means to think of one life in the context of another’s.

Award-winning bilingual poet and writer, Doireann Ní Ghríofa interviewed by Paula Shields. As part of the festival’s response to Covid-19 guidance, this interview will be pre-recorded and then broadcast ONLINE on Saturday, November 21 2020 at 12.30pm to 1.10pm IST/GMT.

Paula Shields is a writer, researcher and interviewer. An arts journalist since the 1990s, she has worked in London, Galway and Dublin in print, TV and now radio—on Arena, RTÉ’s flagship arts show. Other professional highlights include originating and researching the IFTA award-winning RTÉ TV documentary, ‘Fairytale of New York’, in 2017, and judging the 2017 and 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards.