Monday, November 8, 2010

Notes From His Contemporaries: A Tribute to Michael Hartnett

This is one book that I will be giving myself for Christmas. It was Michael Hartnett that presented with my first Award. That was in the Town Hall Dundalk in 1990. Before that I had never heard of the Limerick poet and was naive enough to ask him if he ever published a book. Yes was the quick response 23 to be exact

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The Poet Michael Hartnett died in October 1999. “The Collected Poems”, “A Book of Strays” and “Translations” were published in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively by Gallery Press. Seamus Heaney has written that he is "one of the truest, most tested and beloved voices in Irish poetry in our time." This tribute includes poems, essays, interviews, anecdotes and memoirs supplemented by photographic portraits of the authors captured by his son, Niall, who compiled these works over the last 6 years. Contributions from Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, James Liddy, Paul Durcan, Brendan Kennelly, Eavan Boland, Nuala NĂ­ Dhomhnaill, Theo Dorgan, John Montague, Pearse Hutchinson, Michael Smith, Dermot Bolger, Michael Longley, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Liam o'Muirthile, Macdara Woods, Sydney Bernard Smith, Paula Meehan, Gerard Smyth, Leland Bardwell, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Michael Coady, Paddy Bushe, Hugh McFadden, Dennis O' Driscoll, Gabriel Rostenstock, Anthony Cronin and many others. 2nd Edition.

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