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Saturday, March 2 • 4:45 PM • T2

Q&A with Director Alan Gilsenan moderated by Conor Howard, Owner, Anna Livia Press.

Documentary | Award Winning Director | Irish Language 

Generously sponsored by Anne Mitchell and Conor Howard

Charting the remarkable journey of Irish Pulitzer Prize winning poet and wordsmith Paul Muldoon, this lyrical narrative weaves his life's chapters through the artistry of renowned artists including actors Ruth Negga and Liam Neeson, and musical icons such as Bono, Paul McCartney, PJ Harvey, Run DMC, Van Morrison, and Laurie Anderson. Reciting and singing Muldoon's gorgeous writings, his story unfolds like a vivid tapestry from his humble roots in Ireland through prestigious positions at Oxford and Princeton. This film is a visually engaging, artfully constructed masterpiece that celebrates the beauty of language.

Déantar iniúchadh ar shaol Paul Muldoon, buaiteoir Gradam Pulitzer, tré chaibidéil agus fonnadóireachta na n ealaíontóirí iomráiteach seo a leanas, Ruth Negga, Liam Neeson, agus leithéidí Bono, Paul McCartney, PJ Harvey, Run DMC, Van Morrison, agus Laurie Anderson. Tá draíocht a chuid filíochta le sonrú sna míreanna a chuireann siad ar fáil go paiteanta agus go ceolmhar. Tá aithris ealaíonta agus fonnadóireacht fhoirfe déanta ar fhilíocht Muldoon, a scagann an aistear iontach ata déanta aige ó Oxford go Princeton agus ar ais go dtí na bunchéimeanna tosaigh i ngnáthdhúiche thuaithe ónar fáisceadh é. Tá an scannán seo tarraingteach don tsúil agus mealltach don chluais as cé chomh draíochtúil agus atá an fhíodóireacht fhilíochta. Tá máistreacht as cuimse ann a bhaineann le bua agus breáthacht na teanga.


Director: Alan Gilsenan

Producer: Stephen Douds

Executive Producers: Michael Fanning and Máire Bhreathnach 

Cast: Paul Muldoon, Paul Simon, Liam Neeson, PJ Harvey, Bono, Ruth Negga, Paul Brady, Iarla O'Lionaird, Darryl McDaniels, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Stephen Rea

Ireland, United Kingdom, 2022, color/black & white, 105 min. NOT RATED.


"More than a poet’s biography Laoithe is Lirici (Life in Lyrics) is a celebration of the Irish language." --The Reviews Hub

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Alan Gilsenan is an award-winning Irish writer, filmmaker, and theatre director. His diverse body of film work extends across documentaries, feature films, and experimental work. He is a former Chairperson of the Irish Film Institute and a member of the boards of both Screen Ireland and RTÉ. He has also recently been appointed Chairperson of Fighting Words, a national organization that facilitates creative writing for children & young people. His many film productions include the feature dramas Timbuktu, The Meeting and Unless; the acclaimed documentary feature The Yellow Bittern: The Life & Times of Liam Clancy; the experimental film A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats;  The Ghost of Roger Casement; and the documentary series Daniel O’Connell: Forgotten King of Ireland. His film Ghosts of Baggotonia screened at the 2023 Irish Capital Film Festival.   

Conor Howard

Conor Howard is a seasoned producer, programmer, and facilitator of Irish arts events in the US. For thirty years, he worked as literary programmer for the Irish Arts Foundation, a community-based multidisciplinary arts group in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work includes co-production of "Finnegans Awake," the largest festival of Irish writing west of the Rockies, in association with Stanford/Golden Gate University and Irish Consulate SF, 2000; co-production of the International Joyce Conference "Extreme Joyce/Reading on the Edge,” with UC Berkeley, 2001; and the San Francisco Irish Film Festival, of which he is founder and original producer. Howard has also hosted an ongoing series of readings and conversations with Irish writers and poets; just some of which include Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien, Roddy Doyle, and Colm Tóibín. He currently serves as Sole Proprietor of Anna Livia Books.

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