Eva Bourke was born in Germany and has lived in Ireland for many years. She studied German Literature and History of Art at the University of Munich. Eva Bourke is a poet who, through her own work and her skilled translations into and from German, has enriched the landscape of the poetic world.
She has translated many Irish poetry works into German and has received much international acclaim for her efforts. Her poetry has a strong sense of clarity, deep understanding of the present and hints of humour, especially in her collections: Gonella, Litany for the Pig, Spring in Henry Street and Travels With Gandolpho. Aside from her own writing, she has supported the work of young Irish poets as Editor of the supplement, Writing in the West in the Connacht Tribune (for 6 years) and for well over a decade, she has encouraged and nurtured aspiring writers in the Galway writers’ workshop. Eva Bourke has lectured extensively on contemporary Irish poetry in the USA, Germany, Austria and Hungary. In 2005 she published a collection The Latitude of Naples. She is currently working on a collection of the poet Friedrich Hoelderlin in German translation, as well as on other translations of Irish poets into German.
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