Past Events

Past EventsSunday, March 7

Behind the Gossamer Wall: Micheal O'Siadhail

Micheal O'Siadhail
Chair: Alan Jenkins

The Gossamer Wall (2002) is a collection of poetry that bears witness to the trauma of the Holocaust. The result of many years of immersion in the testimonies of survivors, it offers a fresh voice and a narrative style of great intensity.
 
In a powerful session, Micheal O'Siadhail read from his then recent book, and delved behind the gossamer wall to explore with Alan Jenkins how poetry can respond to the extermination camps. He also shared what motivated him to write this unique work.
 
Micheal O'Siadhail is the author of ten collections of poetry and winner of the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature in 1998. He lives in Dublin.
 
Alan Jenkins is Deputy Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and the author of several books of poetry.

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