Born in Lancashire in 1952 to Irish parents, Nuala NI Dhomhnaill was brought up in the Dingle Gaeltacht and in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, and was educated at University College Cork. Her collections of poetry include An Dealg Droighin (1981), Fear Suaithinseach (1984), Rogha Danta/SelectedPoems (1986, 1988, 1990), Pharaoh's Daughter (1990), Feis (1991), The Astrakhan Cloak (1992), Spionain is Roiseanna (1993), In the Heart of Europe: Poems for Bosnia (1998), Cead Aighnis (2000) and The Fifty Minute Mermaid (2007). Her Selected Essays were published in 2005. She received Duais Sheain Ui Riordain in 1982, 1984 and 1990, Duais Na Chomhairle Ealalne urn Filfochta in 1985 and 1988, Gradam an Oireachtais (1984), the Irish American Foundation O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry (1988), and the American Ireland Fund Literature Prize (1991). Nuala NI Dhomhnaill lives in Dublin, is a member of Aosdana, and was Ireland Professor of Poetry 2001-4.
Cead Isteach/Entry Permitted is part of UCD Press's The Poet's Chair series, publishing the public lectures of the Ireland Professors of Poetry. The Ireland Chair of Poetry was established in 1998 following the award of the Nobel Prize of Literature to Seamus Heaney and is supported by Queen's University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Counci 1/An Chomhairle Ealaion. Other poets in the series include John Montague, Paul Durcan, Michael Longley, Harry Clifton and Paula Meehan. In her volume of The Poet's Chair Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill discusses the importance of place in Irish literature and the need to preserve important sites of Irish literary activity, brings us on a turbulent Turkish adventure, and explores Ireland's rich folklore tradition.
Nil Cead Isteach ag an bPobal/Public Access Denied
An Chailleach agus an Speirbhean agus an Saol Eile i gCoitinne/The Hag, the Fair Maid and the Otherworld
'Beautifully printed and bound, this substantial series of published lectures pays testament to the rich diversity of contemporary Irish poetry and its criticism. It also offers the opportunity to consider how several important Irish poets have variously gone about the challenge of
professing poetry in the public sphere.'
Tom Walker, Irish Literary Supplement, Spring 2019