Today we are delighted to bring you a reading of a poem, from ‘Cuban Love Songs’, which has been edited by Ireland’s award-winning writer and essayist, Ronan Sheehan, under the imprint of Cassandra Voices. The book can truly be described as ‘a labour of love’ as Sheehan spent two decades editing the book, which can justly be described as beautiful. William Foote will read a poem from the collection, which was translated by the playwright Trudy Hayes.
Cuban Love Songs is a joint effort of the Writers and Artists Union of Cuba (UNEAC) and a variety of Irish writers and poets, including established names and rising talents. The 50 Cuban poems in the volume have been translated and interpreted by Irish writers and the book is tastefully designed by Kate Horgan.
When Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins visited Cuba in 2017, and also when he welcomed the President of the Republic of Cuba, H.E Mr Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, along with his wife Lis Cuesta Peraza, to Ireland in October 2019, he said Ireland and Cuba were: ‘Two islands, together in a sea of struggle and hope’. ‘Cuban Love Songs’ is an Irish salute to Cuba and a Cuban salute to Ireland.
Ronan Sheehan is one of Ireland’s great novelists, short story writers and essayists. He was an early member and Secretary of ‘The Irish Writers’ Co-operative’. His works include ‘The Tennis Players’ (1977), ’Boy with an Injured Eye’ (1983) and ‘The Heart of the City’ (1988), ‘The Irish Catullus: One Gentleman from Verona’ (2010). Sheehan won the Rooney Prize for Literature in 1984.
Cuban Love Songs is available to buy from www.cassandravoices.com