The John J. Burns Library at Boston College is proud to offer an exhibit of writings in Irish and in English by ancient and contemporary Irish authors who inspired by the natural and mystical, frame golden notes for others to hear, take to heart and mind and to use to create anew. This exhibit, “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition: Ancient Inspires New” is on display in the Irish Room at the Burns Library. This exhibit features books, manuscripts and sculptures that focus on the Irish language tradition from the early eighteenth century scribe William Sheehan to contemporary poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
The Burns Library’s “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition” exhibition is offered as a complementary display to the Literary Lives exhibition at the McMullen Museum. “Literary Lives” combines visual portraiture from the Crawford Art Gallery and the Abbey Theatre with paintings, rare books, manuscripts, letters, illustrations, photographs from the Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives and many more objects from the Burns Library. Both of these exhibitions showcase the Burns Library’s rich collections in Irish literature and history. The McMullen Museum’s “Literary Lives” runs through December 5, 2010 and the Burns Library’s “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition” will be on display through December 2010.
- Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library