Gúrú i gClúidíní isa long-awaited new collection from the Donegal poet Cathal Ó Searcaigh. In it, he explores the wonders of the world, from Kathmandu to Gort an Choirce and everywhere in between. This ishis first new poetry collection in six years and Ó Searcaigh fans will see in this work much of his signature style and themes, as well as the evident influence of his ties with Nepal. Ó Searcaigh has described this collection as a distillation of his previous work, with the subjects of language, place and tradition still to the fore, but this time encompassing a larger terrain of emotions.
The poems in the book are presented in sequences, tending towards the idea of an epic, and include ‘Oileán na Marbh', a poem which Ó Searcaigh was commissioned to write last summer. It takes as its subject the small islands off the coast of Donegal where unbaptized children were buried. The poem was set to music by Neil Martin and performed by Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and the West Ocean String Quartet during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in December 2006. The book features artwork by Ian Joyce.