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Poetry reading to celebrate Irish culture

The University of Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning is celebrating Irish culture with a special event being held in conjunction with the Connelly Association at their Northampton Centre in Barrack Road, Northampton.

On Thursday, March 27, the Centre is the venue for a poetry reading by Jane Kirwan to celebrate of the life of Margaret Kirwan (Dr M O’Connor). 

Gerald Porter, Director of Studies at the University Centre, Northampton said: “We at the Institute are pleased to be able to host this celebratory event, marking as it does, the collaborative efforts of the University and those of the local Irish Community.”

“There is something decidedly European” (writes George Szirtes, about Jane Kirwan’s new collection) “in its mixture of romantic sensuality and intellect.”  Born of Irish parents in Northampton, Jane now commutes between Prague and Kentish Town and describes the themes of The Man Who Sold Mirrors as “exile, boundaries and barriers between people”. 

She adds that the collection, “follows a narrative that begins with desire and ends with displacement. The poems look at loss, persecution, forced emigration. They follow a conversation between two people with contrasting histories, his as a political prisoner and refugee in both the country that gave him sanctuary and the country that expelled him.”  

Jane has twice been a runner-up in the National Poetry Competition and in 2002 won an Arts Council writer’s award. The event commences at 7.30 pm and tickets can be obtained either at the reception of the Centre or by contacting Peter Mulligan on 01604 715793.

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