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New Leaf by Sean Lysaght: Book Launch

19 May 2022

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Date: 19 May 2022
Time: 20:00
Venue: The Linenhall Arts Centre
Location: http://www.thelinenhall.com/visit/location-map.php
Fee: Free
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An evening of poetry and music to celebrate the publication of Seán Lysaght’s latest collection, NEW LEAF, by the Gallery Press.

In this celebratory collection, Seán Lysaght’s first since Carnival Masks (2014), we find a poet querying the limits of his adopted place with new experiences, either through the literal displacement of travel or in changing patterns of friendship and affection.

The author’s distinctive recordings of the natural world are abundantly clear — ‘Willow warbler still wavers / down the ladder of summer / on its song, my anthem.’ But from ‘Bog Song’, ‘Brockagh’ (‘badger wood’) and Inishmaan, through a Tuscan sketchbook to Abu Dhabi, cultural contrasts assert themselves — there is ‘mall music to soothe a distracted soul’ and ‘signatures of thrift and making do / before oil revenues changed the Emirates’.

With music by Uilleann piper Diarmaid Moynihan and introduction by Dr Fiona White, Atlantic TU.

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