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OUTDOOR POETRY: A Gap in the Clouds with Nell Regan

Thursday 29th July, 2021 - 13:00

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We are delighted to present an outdoor poetry reading from A Gap in Clouds with Nell Regan, in the beautiful surroundings of the Japanese Gardens.

A Gap in the Clouds is a new translation by James Hadley and Nell Regan of Ogura’s 100 Poems by 100 Poets, one of the most important collections of poetry in Japan. Though the poets include emperors and empresses, courtiers and high priests, ladies-in-waiting and soldier-calligraphers, the collection is far more than an historical document. Originally compiled in the 12th Century, as the translators note, “these beautiful poems have endured because their themes are universal and readily understood by contemporary readers”.  

Join Nell Regan for a reading of some of these tiny, exquisite poems in the beautiful, apt setting of the Japanese Gardens in the Irish National Stud, Kildare.  See also poetry workshop and tour of the gardens.

Nell Regan is an award winning poet and non-fiction writer with three collections of poetry and a biography which was Irish Independent Book of the Year 2017. A former Patrick & Katherine Kavanagh Fellow, she was recently awarded an Arts Council Award to collaborate with composer Mary Barnecutt on  and also an Arts Council Literature Bursary to work on her new book.  For more information, see

 A Gap in the Clouds is published by Dedalus Press. 

The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910.  Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru.  Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’.

Reading duration circa 35 minutes. Admission to reading or workshop means that the usual entrance fee to the Japanese Gardens will be waived. 


Thursday 29th July, 2021
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Irish National Stud
Tully, Kildare R51 KX25 Ireland
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