We welcome Adam Wyeth in conversation with Nuala Ni Chonchuir, to explore the influence and inspiration of Celtic mythology and of historical fiction in poetry.
Wyeth is a member of the Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and a featured poet on the Poetry International Web. His forthcoming book,The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry is due out with Salmon Poetry this Autumn.
Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, she lives in East Galway. She has published four short story collections, the most recent Mother America appeared from New Island in 2012. A chapbook of short-short stories Of Dublin and Other Fictions appeared from Tower Press in the US in 2013. Her third poetry collection The Juno Charm was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011 and Nuala’s critically acclaimed second novel The Closet of Savage Mementos appeared April 2014, also from New Island; it was shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015.Under the name Nuala O’Connor, Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, in summer 2015. Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year2015. It is currently longlisted for the 2016 MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction.www.nualanichonchuir.com