AWARD winning international poet Moyra Donaldson from Co. Down has had a lifelong involvement with horses and, on Thursday, September 6 at 7.00pm in Bangor Carnegie Library, in conjunction with Aspects Literary Festival, she will be launching the limited edition book – Blood Horses.
This is a collaboration with Wexford-based equine artist Paddy Lennon, who brings his wonderful paintings to the mix, so that words and images combine to evoke the history of our human relationship with these beautiful creatures. Central to the book is the story of the three Arab stallions that were the founding fathers of the modern Thoroughbred – The Byerley Turk, The Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Barb.
All three stallions have interesting stories and the Byerley Turk has local connections, winning at Downpartick Races before being ridden at the Battle of the Boyne by his owner, Captain Robert Byerley.
This stunning book also looks at the part horses play in the lives of those who work with them and ride them, the glories and tragedies of our partnership with them and their effect on us.
The book will be launched by Richard Lyttle of Downpatrick Racecourse and Dr Damian Smyth of the Arts Council NI.
The book launch will also include an exhibition of Paddy Lennon’s work. Paddy has exhibited his work in numerous solo shows, most recently in Xiamen, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in China and Abu Dhabi, UAE and Geneva, Switzerland.
For anyone with a link to horses, this is an evening not to be missed. All welcome, no tickets required.