A Reading with Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Gavin Corbett to Celebrate the TBG+S Writing Commission

28 September 2018

Further Information

TBG+S is delighted to present a reading by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Gavin Corbett, as part of our annual commissioned writers programme. The reading will be introduced by Susan Tomaselli, founder and editor of gorse journal.

Friday 28 September 2018 | 7.30pm
Location | Studio 6, TBG+S
Free admission, click here to book your ticket.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is delighted to present a reading by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Gavin Corbett, as part of our annual commissioned writers programme. The reading will be introduced by Susan Tomaselli, founder and editor of gorse journal.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Gavin Corbett are two outstanding writers who have been commissioned by TBG+S in an experimental programme that aims to support different kinds of writing about art. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is TBG+S’ commissioned writer for 2018. Gavin Corbett was the commissioned writer in 2017, with Claire Louise Bennett in 2016 and, Sara Baume in 2015. For this programme writers are invited to write short pieces - taking their own tack, fictional or otherwise - in response to the five gallery exhibitions that take place over the course of a year. The writings are published on our website and available in our Gallery.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Gavin Corbett are writers of immense talent. They are part of new generation of Irish writers gaining international recognition for the new-found vitality of their writing - pushing boundaries in contemporary poetry and experimental fiction. At this reading Ní Ghríofa and Corbett will read from a selection of their remarkable short essays, poems and experimental texts written in response to the gallery exhibitions, as well as from their published and current writing. The evening will include an introductory conversation with Susan Tomaselli who will discuss the themes in their work, their writing process and how they engaged with the TBG+S Writing Commission.

When awarding Doireann Ní Ghríofa the Rooney Prize for Poetry, the Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin remarked, ‘she is a poet to watch with a fresh view of the world: apparently ordinary houses, shops, common objects and activities. The sureness of her touch and the skill with which she handles language and shapes her poems are almost invisible, but it is through them that she achieves the feat of making us look again at the usual and illuminates its pulsating strangeness.’ Doireann Ní Ghríofa is remarkable also because she maintains a poetic practice in both Irish and English in poetry and prose and she frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations fusing poetry with film, dance, music and visual. Writing on her first collection in English, Clasp (Daedalus, 2015), Cliona Ni Riordain, writes, ‘Ní Ghríofa raids the myth-kitty of both Irish and Greek mythology, weaving images of violence that combine the ancient and the modern in a poetry that is tense and tactile…The woman’s body is central to the collection, highlighted, visible, unconquered.’

Matthew Adams, of the Guardian, called Gavin Corbett ‘one of the most inventive and beguiling writers of contemporary fiction’. The Irish Times, in praise of his latest novel, Green Glowing Skull, (Fourth Estate), called it ‘a blizzard of imaginative energy… prose sings on every page - while it slips its strangeness in.’ Kevin Barry writes of the ‘sly and lovely humour that dominates Corbett’s second novel This is the Way (Fourth Estate), ‘the streets of contemporary Dublin, somehow both drab and gaudy, are sketched with great relish and skill.’

Susan Tomaselli is founder and editor of gorse, a thrice-yearly print journal interested in the potential of literature and in exploring the art of words. A sister publishing house, Gorse Editions, was launched in 2017. She is formerly an editor at 3:AM Press, and co-editor of 3:AM Magazine. She has written for the Guardian, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is currently Commissioned Writer for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2018. She writes both prose and poetry, in both Irish and English. Her next books are ‘Lies’ (drawing on a decade of her Irish poems in translation), and ‘9 Silences’ (a collaborative book with artist Alice Maher). Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, a Seamus Heaney Fellowship, and the Ostana Prize (Italy).

Gavin Corbett is the author of three novels: Innocence (2003), This Is the Way (2013) and Green Glowing Skull (2015). He was the writer-in-residence at TBG+S for 2017, was previously a Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and currently teaches Creative Writing at UCD."

TBG+S is grateful to gorse and its editor Susan Tomaselli for her input and guidance to TBG+S’s commissioned writers’ programme.