17 – 26 May


The Power of Poetry: Sylva Fischerová & Michael O’Loughlin

Sunday, 19 May
Poetry Ireland
€10 / €8

A wonderful opportunity to hear two internationally acclaimed poets read from their work. One of the most formidable Czech poets of her generation, Sylva Fischerová’s writing is renowned for consistently displaying her vivid imagination as well as her historical reach. She has published six volumes of poems and has been translated into many languages. Dennis Schmitz said that the poems in her dizzyingly original collection The Swing in the Middle of Chaos (co-translated by Fischerová and Stuart Friebert), ‘mix hope with irony, showing why the world makes us ache’. Michael O’Loughlin has earned an enduring reputation as one of Ireland’s most important poets and writers. Described by The Poetry Review as ‘a writer of immense power’, his collection Poems 1980- 2015 celebrates a poetic career spanning nearly four decades and explores major themes such as identity, language, exile and return.

Presented in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Poetry Ireland