Last Poems by Thomas Kinsella: Online Book Launch

  • DATE

    1 March 2023

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm


    £2 (redeemable against the book)

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Last Poems by the late, great poet, Thomas Kinsella. Speakers will include John McAuliffe, Michael Schmidt, Mary O’Malley, Gerard Smyth and Adrienne Leavy. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.

Last Poems brings together the poems from Thomas Kinsella’s five final Peppercanister pamphlets, originally collected as Late Poems (2013), along with a selection of new poems, fragments and revised work which the poet completed before his death in December 2021.

An iconic figure in Irish literature, Thomas Kinsella was one of the great poets of the last century: his poems’ concern with elemental questions, and a poetics which could be equal to them, is evident here in poems drawn from student publications, in his characteristically meditative sequences and in glittering late fragments.

His work was compared to Joyce’s by the New York Times for ‘its sense of place [and] quest for coherence and meaning in a dark and precarious world’: throughout, the poems face up to pressing concerns, age and mortality, the savage waste of war, the opposing ways in which religion and science frame the human predicament, and how the artist may creatively redeem and, in their work, ‘offer the Gift onward’.

Thomas Kinsella (1928-2021) was born in Dublin in 1928. He was educated at University College, Dublin and entered the Irish Civil Service before becoming a full-time writer and teach in the USA. He was the author of over thirty books of poetry and of essays, and editor of The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse. He passed away in December 2021.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.