Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill was as a student involved with the INNTI group of poets, who revolutionised modern Irish poetry. She was originally the only woman in this group. She spent seven years abroad in the Netherlands and Turkey before returning to Ireland to write poetry in Irish and to continue her studies in the manuscript collection of the Irish Folklore Department in UCD, which has been her lifelong inspiration. Poetry in Irish is her first love, but she has also written short stories, children’s plays, and a book of essays in English, Collected Essays. She is presently at work on a collection of short stories in Irish, Sean-chathracha na hAise Bige, to be published in 2018 by An Sagart.

Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill's appearance at StAnza 2018 is supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain


Border Crossings »

Reading: Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Zaffar Kunial

Sat 10 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street


Ceist na Teangan

Cuirim mo dhóchas ar snámh
i mbáidín teangan
faoi mar a leagfá naíonán
i gcliabhán
a bheadh fite fuaite
de dhuilleoga feileastraim
is bitiúman agus pic
bheith cuimilte lena thóin

ansan é a leagadh síos
i measc na ngiolcach
is coigeal na mban sí
le taobh na habhann,
féachaint n’fheadaraís
cá dtabharfaidh an sruth é,
féachaint, déla Mhaoise,
an bhfóirfidh iníon Fhorainn?

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

By Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill from Pharaoh's Daughter (1990) by kind permission of the author and the Gallery Press.