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Écrivaines irlandaises ∙ Irish Women Writers

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Bertrand Cardin
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Sylvie Mikowski

Leanne O’Sullivan: Readings

Leanne O’Sullivan, Clíona Ní Riordáin et Alexandra Slaby

Résumé

Le texte comprend une brève présentation biographique, un choix de poèmes et un entretien avec Leanne O’Sullivan, poète irlandaise née sur la presqu’île de Beara dans le comté de Cork en 1983. Auteure de trois recueils de poésie, O’Sullivan se livre dans cet entretien sur les sources de son inspiration poétique, sur l’importance des mythes dans son œuvre et sur l’évolution de la société irlandaise.

The text is comprised of a short biographical presentation, a selection of poems and an interview with the poet Leanne O’Sullivan, born on the Beara Penninsula in County Cork in 1983. In the interview O’Sullivan, who has written three poetry collections to date, shares her thoughts on the importance of myths, the sources of inspiration for her second collection of poems, and she discusses changes she has noticed in contemporary Irish society.

Note de l’éditeur

The following presentation and interview took place during the Irish Women Writers’ Conference at the Université de Caen. The poet Leanne O’Sullivan was introduced to the audience. Leanne was keen to explain the origins of her second collection of poetry and chose to illustrate her talk with extracts, in translation, from the old Irish text that inspired her. She then read some of her own poems. The reading was followed by a question and answer session. The printed format of the interview retains the orality of the recorded text. Hence the reader will encounter a certain number of repetitions, a reflection of the spontaneous nature of the conversation.

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It gives me great pleasure to present Leanne O’Sullivan to you. For me, she represents a twofold tradition of which I am very proud. As Eavan Boland outlined in her book, Object Lessons, poetry in Ireland was long the preserve of men. When one considers the canon of mid-20th century of Irish poetical writing, that was certainly the case. However, what I’d like to point out is that although these totemic figures of Irish poets and Irish writers in general, which you see on the ubiquitous poster of the same name, seem to suggest that Irish poetry and Irish literature started with male writers at the time of Swift, I would like to highlight that this is not the case. Leanne is not just an Irish poet and an Irish woman poet but also a Cork woman poet.

The female voice in Irish poetry can be traced back to a great Irish poem written by Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill at the end of the 18th century, “Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire”. The poem is a “Lament for the death of her husband”, a genuine fema...

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