Moya Cannon - Poet

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Email address: moya_cannon



Wednesday, October 28th
Moya Cannon, Fintan O Toole, Nicholas Fève and Robert MacFarlane in on-line tribute to Tim and Maired Robinson, International Literature Festival, Dublin.

Friday, September 25th
Participation in on-line opening event of Frank Harte Festival, Poetry Ireland.

Tuesday, September 22nd
Participation, with Nessa Ni Chroinin, Fidelma Mullane and David Gange in on-line tribute to Tim and Mairead Robinson, Clifden Arts Week.

Friday, September 18th
Reading with Lorna Shaughnessy, Clifden Arts Week.

Wednesday March 25th
Reading, Cork Poetry Festival.

Thursday February 6th, 7pm
Reading, Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Saturday, February 1st
Celebration of Galway 2020 European City of Culture, performance with harper, Kathleen Loughnane in Theatre Rijeka, Croatia.

Thursday January 30th
St Bridget’s Day Celebration
Irish Embassy, London.


Friday 29th November, 8pm
"Between the Jigs and the Reels", Reading and concert with fiddler, Paddy Glackin, and composer-in-residence, Dave Flynn.
Farmleigh House, Dublin. 8.00pm. Doors open 7.00pm. Tickets

Thursday 21th November, 6.30pm

Launch of new collection, Donegal Tarantella, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway.

Monday 28th October
'The Belfast Agreement and Brexit’ with Chris Agee, Jean Bleakney, Moya Cannon, Roy Foster, Ronan McCrea and Sir Richard Needham.

The Bloomsbury Hotel, Bloomsbury, London,  organised by The Irish Literary Society in conjunction with Irish Pages.

Friday 25th Octber
Reading for 'Carcanet at 50', Poetry Ireland, 11, Parnell Square, Dublin 2.

Saturday 5th October
Poetry Workshop. Bailieborough Poetry Festival, Bailieborough, Co Cavan

Friday 4th October
Reading. Bailieborough Poetry Festival, Bailieborough, Co Cavan

Tuesday 1st October, 7.30pm
Reading. at The Next Level@Kyles Restaurant, Terenure, Dublin 6

Friday 20th September
Reading with Thomas McCarty. Clifden Arts Week, Clifden, Co Galway

Wednesday 18th September, 6pm
Launch of Moya's new book, Donegal Tarantella, at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Sq. East, Dublin 1 

Friday 13th September Reading/converstion with Mike McCormac and Jorge Fondebrider, (Panorama de la Literatura Irlandesa) Festival de los Libros, Calbida de Cordoba, Argentina, at invitation of Embajada de Irlanda, Argentina.

Thursday 12th September, Reading at UCEMA, Reconquista 775, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Monday 9th September
Reading in the Archivo Nacional de Chile, Miraflores 50 – Santiago Centro, at invitation of la Embajada de Irlanda, Chile

3rd - 17th August
International Writing Programme of the Jilin section of Chinese Writers’ Association, Changchung City, Jilin Province, China.

Thursday, 25th July
Reading at International Association for the Study or Irish Literature (IASIL). Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Sq. East, Dublin 1

Friday-Sunday, 21st-23rd June
Poetry Reading and Workshop. Amergin Poetry Festival, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Friday 17th May
Milltown, Co Galway, Reading and Harp Recital with harper, Kathleen Loughnane.

Sunday, 5th May, 1pm
Poetry reading at the Achill Island Arts Weekend, Heinrich Böll Memorial.

Thursday 4th April
Ways with Words
, Blessington, Co Wicklow:  Reading and Harp Recital with harper, Kathleen Loughnane

Saturday 30th March
Moya Cannon and Bernard O Donoghue in conversation with Niall McMonagle. Mountains to Sea Book Festival, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Monday, 11th February, 9pm
Jim Rooney & Friends in the Crane Bar, Galway with Kathleen Loughnane, Moya Cannon, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mary Staunton and Mary Shannon

Thursday, 31st January
St Bridget’s Day Poetry Reading and Harp Recital with harpist, Kathleen Loughnane. Irish Embassy, Pałac Tyszkiewiczów, Warsaw

Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with six published collections, the most recent being Donegal Tarantella (Carcanet Press, Manchester).  The mountains, the sea and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems.  Archaeology and geology figure too as gateways to deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past.

Music, particularly traditional Irish music, has always been a deep interest and is a constant theme. She has given many readings with musicians and singers, among them the harper Kathleen Loughnane, the traditional singers Maıghréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaıll and the RTE Con Tempo String Quartet.

Moya has been invited to read in Ireland, Europe, in the Americas, North and South, in China, Japan and India. Bilingual selections of her work have been published in Spanish, Portuguese and German. She has been honoured with the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and she was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2011.  She has been editor of Poetry Ireland Review and is a member of Aosdána.

Her latest book, Donegal Tarantella (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2019) has just been published. Aves de Invierno is a selection of poems in English and Spanish, translated by Jorge Fondebrider, (Editorial Pre-Textos, Valencia, 2016).

She has published five previous collections of poetry, Keats Lives, (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2015), Hands (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2011), (nominated for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award, 2011); Carrying the Songs, New and Selected poems, (Carcanet Press 2007); The Parchment Boat (Gallery Press, 1997) and Oar, (Salmon Press, Galway,1990; Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 1994; Gallery Press, Meath, 2000).

A Limited edition art book, Winter Birds, was published by Traffic Street Press, 2005, in association with the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Donegal Tarantella (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2019)
Cover of Keats Lives Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2015)
Hands (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2011)
Carrying the Songs (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2007)
cover of Winter Birds Winter Birds (limited edition, Traffic Street Press, in association with the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 2005).
Cover of Parchment Boat The Parchment Boat (Gallery Press, Co Meath, 1997).
Cover of Oar Oar, Salmon Publishing, Galway, 1990.(Second edition, Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 1994; Third Edition, Gallery Press, Co. Meath, 2000).
Cover Oar