Language, Literature and Culture
Part IV - Poetic Landscapes 157
PART IV Poetic Landscapes Irene Gilsenan Nordin ‘The Habits of Attention’: Landscape and Place. An Interview with Moya Cannon Moya Cannon was born in Dunfanaghy in Co Donegal in 1956 and lives in Galway. She studied history and politics at University College, Dublin, and international relations at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She has taught at the National University of Ireland in Galway, in the Gaelscoil in Inchicore, Dublin, and in a school for adolescent travellers in Galway. Her first collection of poems Oar (Salmon Publishing, 1990; Poolbeg Press, 1994; Gallery Press, 2000) won the 1991 Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, for the best first collection published in Ireland in the previous year. Her second book, The Parchment Boat was published by Gallery Press, 1997. Carrying the Songs: New and Selected Poems was published by Carcanet Press in 2007. She was editor of Poetry Ireland Review in 1995, and has been writer-in-residence at Trent University, Ontario, and at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. In 2001 Moya Cannon was presented with the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. She was elected to Aosdána, the af filiation of Irish writers and visual artists, in 2004. She has been 2011 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Villanova. Moya Cannon’s poetry shows a keen awareness of the natural world and focuses on the themes of landscape, place and dwelling, where the relationship between literature and the physical environment is explored. For Cannon the landscape has a very special significance, closely associated with the...
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