McDonagh, Terry

Terry McDonagh
Terry McDonagh. Image source Joanna Longster

Terry McDonagh was born in Cill Aodáin, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo in 1946.

His plays include The Dark Side of a Dream; Anything for a Fiver; I wanted to bring you flowers (translated as Ich kann das alles erklären); Eternity Under Lucifer the First; and Children of the Whip.

His poetry collections are The Road Out (Hamburg, Olaf Hille Verlag, 1993); At Home In My Shoes (Celtic Corner Verlag, Hamburg, 1997); A World Without Stone/New and Selected Poems (Hamburg, Blaupause-Verlag, 1998); A Song for Joanna, Hamburg-Melbourne A Journal in Verse (Hamburg, Blaupause Books, 2003); and The Truth in Mustard (Galway, Arlen House/New York, Syracuse University Press, 2010); and Ripple Effect (Arlen House, 2014).

His poetry for children includes Boxes (Blaupause Books, 2006); and Echolocation (Blaupause Books, 2015).

I’m On A Train – Twelve Strange Songs is based on twelve poems from The Road Out and have been put to music for voice and string quartet by Eberhart Reichel. Elbe Letters Go West/Briefe von der Elbe was published by Blaupause in 1999. He has also published a novel for children, One Summer in Ireland (Stuttgart, Ernst Klett Verlag, 2002).

An English-German selection of his poems, Kiltimagh (Hamburg, Blaupause, 2001) was grant-aided by the Irish Literature Exchange. His selected poems were translated into and published in Indonesian as Tiada Tempat di Rawa/No Places in The Marshes (Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Indonesiatera, 2004).

He has lived in Hamburg since 1980 but now divides his time between Mayo and Hamburg.


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Festival Close in the Old Schoolhouse at the ‘In Sight of Raftery’ festival, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 23rd of November 2008.

Terry McDonagh’s Website
Terry McDonagh at The National Library of Ireland


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