Mícheál Ó hAodha

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Mícheál Ó hAodha was born in Galway, Ireland, the eldest of 11 children, Ó hAodha grew up between the west of Ireland and the north of England. He is one of the last of a very small group of poets who write in both Irish and English. His first collection, the bilingual “Survivor” Dúchas Dóchasach (2007) was introduced by National Book Award winner Colum McCann and illustrated by Irish-African artist Jean Hakizimana. His collection Slán le hÉireann (Coiscéim] 2012) (A Farewell to Ireland: Migrant Poems) on the experiences of Irish construction workers in England received high praise in Poetry Ireland and other publications.

From 2005-06 he was an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Work and Social Policy - University of Strathclyde Scotland. Between 2006 and 2008 he was an AHRC Research Scholar in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester. Most recently he has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Limerick and the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. Over the years, he has been a regular contributor to the Beo.ie, Tuairisc.ie Feasta, An tUltach The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland, Dublin Review of Books etc.

His collection Leabhar Dubh an tSneachta (The Black Book of Snow) (2015) was profiled on Imeall, TG4's flagship Arts programme in 2016. His most recent collection Leabhar na nAistear (2017) – (The Book of Journeys), as based on the Irish migrant experience in Britain, explores feelings of loss and longing, silence and speech, memory and forgetting. He has a particular interest in minority groups including Travellers and the Irish-speaking minority of the west of Ireland and has written many books in collaboration with Travellers, Roma, Fairground/Circus people and others. He has also written a good deal on the experiences of Irish emigrants, and the Irish experience in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Arts columns, TG4, Raidió na Gaeltachta and to programmes on RTE radio including An Cheárta and Sunday Miscellany.

Micheál's website is at http://www.michealohaodha.com

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