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Cailleach: The Hag of Beara

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An Cailleach Bhearra. Hag of Beara, is a wise woman figure embedded in the physical and mental landscape of western Ireland and Scotland. The Cailleach's (pronounced Ca-lock or Cay-luck) roots lie in pre-Christian Ireland, and stories of her relationship with that rugged landscape and culture still abound. She had a love affair with a sea god and her petrified body overloo ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Bloodaxe Books (first published April 30th 2009)
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Julie Christine
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perched on hill overlooking Ballycrovane Harbor, in the wild, remote Beara Peninsula of West Cork, sits a humped, ragged block of stone. One edge resembles the profile of a woman, her furrowed brow arched over a proud nose, staring out to sea. She is An Cailleach Bheara, the Hag of Beara, the mother of Ireland. Her story is Ireland's story, her survival the enduring drama of a tortured land of legendary beauty.

Into the stormy legends wends the sublime poetry of Leanne O'Sullivan, like a cool si
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Martha.O.S
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book of poems is one I picked up after going to a reading by Leanne O'Sullivan recently in Kinsale of a new collection she is working on. Her beautiful words washed over the listeners like music, and I was so struck that I decided to seek out more.

This collection, based on the legendary figure of "an chailleach", the hag of Beara, (a peninsula in deep West Cork), reimagines the human life of the hag, some in keeping with the many retellings and iterations of her life as it came down in the
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Caroline
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is, if not my favorite, then certainly one of the most influential books of poetry I have ever read. A friend lent his copy to me a little over a year after I returned from a semester studying in Ireland, and it spoke to me so strongly, that I immediately went and bought my own copy to carry around with me and re-read so I could return my friend's copy. It is Irish poetry, and that is hard for me to qualify, but if you know anything about Irish history, culture, and the Irish people's conne ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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I read this because it was on the long list for the Dylan Thomas Prize for 2010.

Well, more skimmed really. I'm not a huge fan of concept poetry, and all the poems related back to Cailleach, a Celtic wise-woman figure.
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