22 – 28 October


Unfolding Maps: A Celebration of Tim Robinson

Wednesday, 28 Oct

Please join ILFDublin for a very special celebration of the life and work of Tim Robinson, the English writer, cartographer, mathematician, artist and illustrator who spent more than 40 years chronicling the west of Ireland. Best known for his two-volume Stones of Aran and the Connemara trilogy:  Listening to the Wind, The Last Pool of Darkness, and A Little Gaelic Kingdom, his many awards included the Irish Book Awards literature medal and the Rooney prize special award for literature. His final book, Experiments on Reality, was published last year. Fintan O’Toole noted in his Irish Times review of Experiments on Reality, “It is the planet itself that he seeks, not just the particular rainy western Irish corners of it. His subject is nothing less than ‘our aesthetic, corporeal and affective relationships with the earth’. That is, surely, the most urgent subject of our times.”

Fintan O’Toole is joined by some of Tim Robinson’s friends and collaborators; poet Moya Cannon, photographer Nicolas Fève, and Robert Macfarlane, to discuss his influence on their own work, whether written or visual, and their meetings and collaborations with him across the Irish landscape.

Moya Cannon has published six collections, the most recent being Donegal Tarantella. The mountains, the sea and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for much of her work. Tim Robinson’s work introduced her to what she describes as the “intimate corners of the landscapes and sea edges of the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara”. Nicolas Fève is a French-born photographer living in Ireland. His photographic practice focuses on the relationship between text and image, and plays with the idea of the photograph as page. In 2015, he collaborated with Tim Robinson on Connemara and Elsewhere.

British writer Robert Macfarlane is best known for his books on landscape, nature, place, people and language. He described Tim Robinson as, “The Proust and Ruskin of modern place-writing, deep-mapper of Irish landscapes, visionary thinker, and human of exceptional intellectual generosity and kindness.”

Presented by the International Literature Festival Dublin, a Dublin City Council initiative, with kind support by Galway 2020 and IPB.

The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!