Distinguished poet to give free recital in Aberdeen

Distinguished poet to give free recital in Aberdeen

One of the 'world's most significant living poets' will share his work with an audience in Aberdeen.

Award-winning Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail will talk at the University of Aberdeen on Thursday October 15.

He will read from his most recent poetry publications including the highly acclaimed Collected Poems (2013) and the newly released One Crimson Thread (2015) at the event to be held in the Divinity Library in King’s College, Old Aberdeen.

O’Siadhail is one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers and was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute Prize for Poetry in 1982 and the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature in 1998.

His work covers vast range of themes and has been compared by some commentators to DanteJohn Milton, W. B. Yeats, and John Donne.

O’Siadhail is an extraordinary linguist, fluent in over five languages, and has also been a noteworthy academic speaker and writer, publishing important works on the Irish language, and lecturing at the Universities of Harvard, Yale, Iceland, and Trinity College Dublin.

His appearance in Aberdeen will be an opportunity for people to hear him speak and read from his extensive works free of charge.

Tom Greggs, Professor in Historical and Doctrinal Theology at the University of Aberdeen, said: “The University of Aberdeen and the city more generally are privileged to have the presence of a poet with such a distinguished international reputation.

“Micheal O'Siadhail is a poet who combines depth of insight with accessibility, and his recent work covers themes including love, disability, grief and passion. His readings are always highly entertaining and that people can attend for free is a wonderful gift to the community.”

The event will begin at 5.30pm on Thursday October 15 and booking is not required. It will be followed by a reception.  For more information email t.greggs@abdn.ac.uk