Poetry reading and lecture by Irish Poet, Gerald Dawe

by Becky Coombs

The distinguished Irish poet Gerald Dawe, Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, founding Director of Trinity’s Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, and currently Visiting Scholar at Pembroke, has kindly offered to present a poetry reading and a lecture this term.

On Thursday 9 February, at 6.15 pm in the Thomas Gray Room, Gerald Dawe will be giving a reading entitled:

‘Unhealthy Intersections: Poetry & History’

He will discuss in an informal setting the issues and tensions of writing poems based around the theme of History – Irish, European and North American.

On Friday 10 March, at 5.30 in the Old Library, Professor Dawe will be giving a lecture entitled:

‘History Lessons: on the poetry of Seamus Deane’

The lecture will include readings of Seamus Deane’s poems. Seamus Deane was himself was a doctoral student at Pembroke, matriculating in 1963.

The American novelist, Richard Ford, has written:  ‘Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy, it’s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity – such a virtue – is a moral matter’.  Seamus Heaney remarked of Dawe’s 2007 collection of critical essays,  The Proper Word ‘ I read with admiration and respect – an unfakeable concern, a Clark Kent vision/inspection of the (con) fusion of word and world. It is fine and faithful to standards, to the extra-otherness of poetry; and wonderfully alert to and analytical of Ireland as she has been conducted/conducting herself for the past 30 or 40 years.’

To reserve a seat at either or both events, and to help ensure that handouts and refreshments are available in sufficient quantities,  please email Mark Wormald, mrw1002@cam.ac.uk.