Landspeak Visit/Cruinniú/Kiyokēwin 2022 · UCD event: Poetry and Music from Ireland and Turtle Island/Canada

Date: Tue, 22. Nov, 2022 · 5:00pm

It is our pleasure to invite you to Landspeak: Poetry and Music from Ireland and Turtle Island/Canada. This is an evening of poetry and song to welcome Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Halfe — Skydancer and Cree knowledge-keeper Joseph Naytowhow to Ireland, and at this event they will appear alongside Irish-language poet Dr. Ailbhe Níhearbhuigh and musician Liam Ó Maonlaí. The event is part of the Landspeak 2022 Visit/Cruinniú/Kiyokēwin.

Landspeak: Poetry and Music from Ireland and Turtle Island/Canada

  • When: 6–8pm, Tuesday, 22, November 2022
  • Where: Village Auditorium, Student Village, University College Dublin (see map)

With Joseph Naytowhow, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Louise Halfe — Skydancer, and Dr. Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh.

The event will be offered both in-person and online.


The evening will begin with song and conversation between Indigenous singer/songwriter and storyteller Joseph Naytowhow (Plains/Woodland Cree/nehiyaw) and Irish singer/songwriter and Gaeilgeoir Liam Ó Maonlaí. Each artist will perform a song and discuss their music, and the importance of indigenous languages to their work, moderated by James Kelly.

Song is followed by poetry, with Louise Halfe — Skydancer, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, in conversation with Irish-Language poet Dr Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Halfe and Ní Ghearbhuigh will read their poetry in Cree, Irish, and English, and engage in conversation about the importance of their indigenous languages and their connections to land in their poetry. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Lucy Collins.

We are looking forward to seeing you, in person or online!

About the participants:

  • Louise Halfe — Skydancer · Louise is Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada, having previously served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and traveled extensively. She was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve. More about Louise Halfe — Skydancer »
  • Joseph Naytowhow · Joseph is a Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer-songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage, and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. More about Joseph Naytowhow »
  • Liam Ó Maonlaí · A founding member and frontman of the internationally successful Hot House Flowers, Liam also performs widely as a solo artist, and in collaboration with other musicians around the world. More about Liam Ó Maonlaí »
  • Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh · Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish-language poet and was born in Kerry. She has read at festivals in New York, Paris, Montréal, Berlin and Ballyferriter. More about Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh »
  • Dr. Lucy Collins · Associate Professor, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD. More about Dr. Lucy Collins »
  • James Kelly · James is CEO of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, a role which he balances with his work in the arts sector. More about James Kelly »