16 January 2012: Arts Council expresses its regret at the passing of Poet and Aosdána member Pearse Hutchinson

The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of poet and Aosdána member Pearse Hutchinson, who died on Saturday 14 January 2012.

Speaking today, Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said, "Pearse Hutchinson was an esteemed poet, critic, journalist and member of Aosdána,  he made a wide and rich contribution to writing in English and Irish over his long career. He will be sadly missed but his legacy will endure.

Pearse was born in Glasgow in 1927 to Irish parents, he was raised in Dublin and studied at University College Dublin. He worked as a translator in Geneva in the early 1950s, and subsequently lived in Spain for nearly a decade. He had published a series of translations from Italian, Catalan and Galaico-Portuguese. His collections of poetry, in Irish and English, included Tongue Without Hands(1963), Faoistin Bhacach (1968), Expansions (1969), Watching the Morning Grow (1973), The Frost Is All Over (1975), Climbing the Light (1985), Le Cead na Gréine (1989), The Soul that Kissed the Body (1991) and Barnsley Mainseam (1995). With Melita Cataldi, he translated into Italian an anthology of medieval Irish lyrics, Antica lirica irlandese (Turin, 1981). Books of his poetry were translated into Castilian in 1991, Italian in 1997, and Galician in 2002. His Collected Poems was published on his 75th birthday in 2002, and a new selection of his translations will be published in 2003. For many years he has written a column in Irish for the RTÉ Guide, and he received the Butler Award for Irish writing in 1969. He was a  co-editor and founder of the literary journal Cyphers, he lived in Dublin.

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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