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Connemara & Aran

The 176-page book, Connemara & Aran, is a visual chronicle of landscape and seascape images taken by Walter Pfeiffer in Connemara and Aran over a number of years.  It also includes poems from Eva Bourke, Moya Cannon, Michael Coady, Eamon Grennan, Josie Guairim, Joan McBreen, Máire Áine Ní Dhiréain and Mary O’Malley, contemporary poets who are similarly familiar with and fascinated by the west coast of Ireland. The foreword is by archaeologist Michael Gibbons whose deep knowledge and familiarity with the area greatly enhances the book.

Vincent Murphy of Artisan House, a close friend of Walter, said  ‘Walter was very excited by this particular title Connemara & Aran. It was a visit to Aran in 1964, when he was only 20 years, that proved life-changing.  So enchanted was he by the landscape, the light, the people, that he left his native Germany and moved to live in Ireland the following year and lived here ever since’.

In addition to the paperback edition is a limited special hardback edition which includes a CD with each poet reading their own work, a recorded introduction by Walter and music by harpist and composer, Kathleen Loughnane.

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