"Kinsella is one of the finest poets of the last century, in Ireland or out of it."
Justin Quinn, Poetry Review
Poet, translator, editor and publisher Thomas Kinsella was recently conferred the Freedom of Dublin alongside artist Louis le Brocquy, who collaborated with Kinsella on his seminal translation of the ancient Ulster epic The Táin in 1969. This honour coincides with the recent publication of A Dublin Documentary, a collection of poems, reminiscences and photographs that marks a re-engagement with the city by one of its most prodigious literary sons.
From the early Auden-inspired verse of Downstream (1962) and Wormwood (1966) to the influence of American modernism and the darkly satirical tone of his later works, Kinsella‘s oeuvre remains resolutely beyond the mainstream of Irish poetry.
Join a prestigious line-up of poets, writers and critics — including Richard Ryan, Colm Toibín, Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Derval Tubridy, Gerald Dawe, Catriona Clutterbuck, Harry Clifton, John F. Deane, Michael Schmidt, Maurice Harman, Eavan Boland, Dennis O'Driscoll and Gerard Smyth — for a celebration of Thomas Kinsella in the company of the poet himself.
This event will also feature the launch, hosted by John F. Deane, of the latest pair of Kinsella‘s ‘Peppercannister’ collections, Man of War and Belief and Unbelief. The evening will be hosted by the poet, and director of Poetry Ireland, Joseph Woods.