Moya Cannon

Moya Cannon is an Irish poet.  She was born in Co. Donegal and now lives in Dublin.   Her work reflects a large range of interests: music, history, migration, archaeology, geology and our long relationship to our earth and seas. Her sixth collection is Donegal Tarantella, Carcanet Press, 2019, and her Collected Poems will be published by Carcanet Press in February, 2021.

Moya Cannon reading "Carrying the Songs"

This video was recorded by the UCD Poetry Archive and forms part of a series of readings by contemporary Irish poets.

Latest Book

Donegal Tarantella

Published: September 2019 | Paperback | 80 pages

This sixth collection by one of Carcanet’s most celebrated Irish poets gathers together lyric poems musing on history, on archaeology, geology and on the deep need of the human spirit to find expression in music and song.

A revelation in its range and depth. These poems are written out of Moya Cannon’s enduring preoccupations: with history – especially the history of exile and displacement – with music, language, loss. True to the shifts of real experience, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes ironic, she deploys an understated technique, in a voice that is deliberate, exact and witty. Here are poems, landscapes alive with birds, people and stories, that show us our world, our past and culture through the gift of just, joyful words; they help us to reflect and to live.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin


Oct 28 2020

Unfolding Maps – A Celebration of Tim Robinson

00:00 - 23:59

International Literature Festival – Dublin On-line discussion with authors Fintan O’Toole, Robert MacFarlane and photographer…

Sep 25 2020

Opening event of Frank Harte Festival

00:00 - 23:59

Participation in on-line opening event of Frank Harte Festival, Poetry Ireland.

Sep 22 2020

Tribute to Tim and Mairead Robinson

00:00 - 23:59

Participation, with Nessa Ni Chroinin, Fidelma Mullane and David Gange in on-line tribute to Tim…

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