Connemara and Elsewhere

Edited by: Jane Conroy

Contributions by: Tim Robinson

Often when visitors ask me what they should see in this region I am at a loss. A curious hole in the ground? The memory of an old song about a drowning? Ultimately I have to tell them that this is a land without shortcuts. -- Tim Robinson, Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom *** Tim Robinson is a cartographer from Yorkshire, in Northern England, who, for many years, has been mapping Connemara, a remote region near the western seaboard of Ireland. Connemara and Elsewhere is threaded through with texts that are drawn from Robinson's incomparable travel books, the 'Connemara Trilogy.' With an introduction by American ecologist John Elder, the kernel of Connemara and Elsewhere is a photographic essay by the French photographer Nicolas Feve, who is responding to Robinson's work on Connemara. The book closes with the treat of 'Elsewhere' - three new short pieces written by Tim Robinson himself. *** "The lore of place - dinnseanchas - is a special strand of the Irish literary tradition, drawing on notions of place, history and myth. The corpus of Tim Robinson's work in the west of Ireland can be seen as a unique act of modern dinnseanchas. His work - like that of the scribes of the early Middle Ages - preserves an intimate knowledge of Connemara, Aran and the Burren and is dedicated to experiencing these places in ways that are beyond the scope of maps or words or memory. It stands as an enduring meditation on place...." -- Dr. Jim Browne, President, NUI Galway *** "Delightful stream-of-consciousness writing triggered by ancient places delivers virtual time-travel for armchair excursions as this bewitching guidebook delivers the physical, mental and spiritual Connemara experience in full." -- The Celtic Connection, February 2015 [Subject: Photography, Irish Studies]~

Publication Date: 9/22/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781908996374