IMRAM, founded in 2004, aims to take its audiences on a ‘voyage of discovery’ that reveals the rich diversity of modern Irish language literature through a programme of eclectic events that blend poetry, prose and music in lively, upbeat venues.
In 1974 Michael Hartnett made the decision to take his leave of English and from then to write in Irish only. Or did he? Well, he wouldn’t necessarily stop writing in English – if a poem presented itself in that language it would have to be accommodated. But he wouldn’t publish any more English poems. Ciaran Carson’s reaction, reviewing the volume which announced the decision, A Farewell to English, was to suggest, in a review quoted in Pat Walsh’s book, that the volume might have been more usefully titled A Farewell to Published Poems Written in the English Language.