Spanish and Irish poetry on Inishbofin

The Spanish poet Miguel Hernández will be celebrated at a reading on Inishbofin as part of the island’s arts festival, which takes place this weekend.

John Liddy, an Irish poet who has lived in Madrid for many years, will read in the Inishbofin Library this Saturday at 5pm. As well as his own poems, Liddy will also read poems by Miguel Hernández, one of the most significant Spanish poets of the 20th century.

Hernández was born in 1910 in eastern Spain. He received limited formal education and worked as a goatherd. During the civil war, Hernández campaigned for the Republic, writing poetry and addressing troops deployed to the front.

He spent the last three years of his life in Franco’s prisons, where he died on March 28, 1942, before he was 32 years old.

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