Journal of Irish Studies

Translation of a selection of poems by Caitlin Maude and Mary O’Malley into Spanish

Synopsis of Journal of Irish Studies

Enrique Alda, at least in his translations of Caitlín Maude (1941-1982), in closing the Irish/English/Spanish triangle, and of Mary O'Malley, also triangulated in the background - since she houses Gaelic and its music, its rhythms, in the background of all the English language in which she writes -, has followed a Greek procedure: that of those who considered language as a veil that protects from the brightness of things, and poetry as a tear in that fabric made by each particular language. The immediate and sustained fluidity of his versions is obvious, fulfilling the poetic need not of those who seek "not to be wrong", but of those who naturally take risks.

Journal of Irish Studies

Authors Caitlín Maude y Mary O’Malley
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Editorial Revista de Estudios Irlandeses

Caitlín Maude

Caitlin Maude (1941-1982), was a poet, activist, teacher, actress, playwright and singer of sean-nós. She was born in Casla, in the Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of County Galway and was educated in Irish. She studied at University College Galway, taught in Kildare, Mayo and Wicklow counties and held other jobs in London and Dublin. She began writing poetry in Irish in high school and developed a lyrical style in tune with the rhythm of his voice. She died of cancer in 1982 at the age of 41.

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Mary O’Malley

Mary O'Malley was born in Connemara, Ireland, and studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway. She lived for eight years in Lisbon, where she taught at the New University. She served on the board of Poetry Ireland for eight years and on the committee of the Cuirt International Poetry Festival, for which she wrote her educational programme. She taught the Master's Degree in Writing and Education in the Arts at the National University of Ireland in Galway for ten years, was a professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University, Philadelphia, in 2013 and has enjoyed residency scholarships in Paris, Tarragona, New York, NUI Galway, Derry, Belfast and Mayo. He has been actively involved in environmental education programmes for over twenty years, particularly in those dedicated to the sea and peatlands. She has published seven books of poetry, among them Valparaiso, which she wrote during her stay as a scholarship holder on the Irish Navy research vessel Celtic Explorer. Her work has been translated into several languages. She is currently working on a book of her childhood memories, as well as an essay. She is a member of Aosdána and her poetry has received numerous awards in Ireland and the United States. He writes for RTE Radio, where his work is frequently broadcast. In 2016 she was the Arts Council writer-in-residence at the University of Limerick. In 2018 she received the Michael Hartnett Award for Playing the Octopus, her latest book of poetry.

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