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James Harpur and John F Deane

September 19, 2023 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


John F. Deane, born on Achill Island, is a prominent figure in the world of poetry. He is the founder of Poetry Ireland, the Poetry Ireland Review, and the Dedalus Press. With a remarkable body of work, Deane has published several collections, including his latest release in 2021, “Naming of the Bones,” published by Carcanet. Adding to his literary repertoire, he recently unveiled a “faith journey memoir through prose and poems” titled “Song of the Goldfinch,” published by Veritas. Deane’s contributions to the arts have earned him recognition as a member of Aosdána.

James Harpur, an accomplished poet, has authored 8 poetry collections. Collaborating with John F. Deane, he co-wrote “Darkness Between Stars.” Harpur’s notable works include “The Examined Life,” a captivating odyssey through boarding school, which received the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Inspired by St Columcille / Columba, he penned “The Oratory of Light,” a collection of poems. Harpur’s talent has garnered a number of awards, including the UK National Poetry Competition and the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize. In 2 021, he published his debut novel, “The Pathless Country.” Set in Galway and London during the years preceding the 1916 Rising, it follows a young protagonist’s quest for spiritual meaning in life.
Sponsor: The Clifden Bookshop


September 19, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Omey Suite, Clifden Station House
Galway Road
Clifden, Co. Galway H71 AK52 Ireland
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