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Learned, fascinating, entertaining, witty.’ Eva Bourke, author of Seeing Yellow, on James’s talk on ‘St Columba and the Poetic Imagination’.

‘The best talk I can remember hearing at the Strokestown festival since it began 20 years ago.’  Michael De Jong on Harpur’s talk on WB Yeats

James gives talks and lectures on poetry, imagination, myth, art and history at literary festivals and societies and in colleges, schools and universities. These have included the Temenos Institute, Strokestown International Poetry Festival, the West Cork Literary Festival, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, UCC (Cork), St Paul’s Girls’ School (UK), Geelong Grammar School (Australia), Melbourne University, and the Mythic Imagination (click here).

Example talks include:

  • ‘A Vision of Water: poetry, water and the imagination’ (for the Strokestown Poetry Festival)

  • ‘Imagining Kells: a poetic exploration of the Book of Kells’ (for the Fintry Trust, UK)

  • ‘The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth: poetry and inspiration’ (for the John Moriarty Memorial Lecture, Clifden Arts Festival)

  •  ‘Tom and Gerard: the inverse lives of T.S. Eliot and G.M. Hopkins’ (for the Monasterevin Hopkins Society) click here

  • ‘Drinking at the Fountains: an exploration of the roots of poetry’ (for the Temenos Institute)

  • ‘The Way Up and the Way Down: two paths to poetry, art and divinity’ (Bill Casey Lecture Series, TCD), click here

  • ‘The Galloping Centaur: the strange life of W.B. Yeats’ (Strokestown Poetry Festival)




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