"The Great Book of Ireland"
IRELAND'S ILLUMINATED BOOK: A manuscript artefact for the 21st century
A lecture by Irish poet Theo Dorgan
Irish poet Theo Dorgan, winner of the 2015 Irish Times - Poetry Now award, will speak on "The Great Book of Ireland," a magnificent illustrated vellum book which (according to University College Cork) contains "the original work of nine composers, 121 artists and 143 poets, including three literature Nobel Laureates: Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott." It was created in Dublin between 1989 and 1991. Dorgan was one of the editors of this project, and he will show slides of the some of the book's pages, which show the words of poems transformed into intricate and beautiful illustrations. Also a prose writer,translator, and sailor, Dorgan has written scripts for film documentaries and worked as a presenter of literature programs on radio and television in Ireland. Dorgan is a lively and witty speaker, and few people know more about the arts in Ireland.
Theo Dorgan's visit is supported by the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professorship.