Joan McBreen,
acclaimed Irish poet,
reads from her work at
The Book Lady,
6 East Liberty St., Savannah

The Book Lady Bookstore • 6 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401 • (912) 233-3628

Monday, October 29th, 2018
6:30 pm
Free and Open to All


Joan McBreen is a native of County Sligo, on Ireland's stunning Atlantic coast. She lives and works in the West of Ireland, drawing poetic inspiration from the landscapes and seascapes of the Connemara region, right outside her door.

A gifted reader of her own poetry, Joan has published five collections of verse: The Wind Beyond the Wall (1990); A Walled Garden in Moylough (1995); Winter in the Eye: New and Selected Poems (2003); Heather Island (2009); and Map and Atlas (2017). In its third reprint, her edited anthology, The White Page / An Bhileog Bhán: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets (1999), is considered a seminal contribution to the advancement of Irish women writers.

Other work by Joan includes the edited anthology, The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets (2009), and The Long Light on the Land, a selection of poems read to a background of traditional Irish airs and classical music. 

Joan has read her poetry and lectured on the art and craft of poetic making at universities across the United States, and we are delighted and honored to welcome her on her first visit to Savannah, the most Irish city in the Southern United States. In addition to serving on the board of Poetry Ireland, Joan regularly contributes to major Irish literary festivals, such as the Yeats International Summer School in County Sligo and the Listowel Writers’ Week in County Kerry. 


Joan McBreen: Irish Poet is presented by

The Book Lady,
Savannah's Full-Service Independent Bookstore
The Department of Literature,
Georgia Southern University
The Center for Irish Research and Teaching,
Georgia Southern University

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Established in 1978 by the late Anita Raskin, THE BOOK LADY is Savannah's only independently owned full-service bookstore. Located at 6 East Liberty Street, in the heart of the Historic District, the store offers over 50,000 new and used books across a wide range of genres. It boasts a wifi café and a reading garden, as well as a long history of public events, such as Joan McBreen: Irish Poet.

Led by the proprietor, Joni Saxon-Giusti, the knowledgeable (and opinionated!) staff at THE BOOK LADY creates a welcoming environment. The store offers search and appraisal services, fine-binding repair, and more.

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
          - - - Barbara Tuchman


Significant funding for Joan McBreen: Irish Poet comes from the Fred and Donna Sanders Fund for Irish Lectures and Events: Account #0777 at the Georgia Southern University Foundation.

The Center for Irish Research and Teaching receives no E&G (educational and general budget) funding from Georgia Southern University. To serve our students and communities, the Center relies on stakeholder donations and external grants. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Sanders Fund through our secure online portal — thank you.