Sappho’s Daughter

A poem by Theo Dorgan

With a suite of limited edition lithographs by Liam Ó Broin.

In the early Summer of 2015, Liam Ó Broin spent three weeks on the Greek island of Lesvos, travelling from Athens by ferry for twelve hours into the north eastern Aegean to the island – home to the 6th century BC poet Sappho.

He chose to travel to Lesvos – and to explore the island by public transport – in order to experience and absorb the place, its people, culture and landscape and to experience at first hand a similar journey taken by the poet Theo Dorgan over a decade previously, a journey which resulted in the epic poem Sappho’s Daughter, started in Chios, continued on Lesvos, and finished in Dublin. Carol Anne Duffy said of Sappho’s Daughter ‘…[it] transports the reader through time and space, history and myth, love and death.’ The poem is the culmination of Dorgan’s collection GREEK, published by Dedalus Press in 2010. Theo Dorgan is no stranger to Greece as he has spent every Summer there for over last the twenty years.

The layered juxtaposition of myth and reality are subjects which fascinate both the poet and the artist not least Greek myth and literature. These 20 lithographs and text are the product of a collaboration between an artist and a poet, and they fuse to bring a new dimension to this imaginative and vividly sensual epic.

Limited Edition Box Set

This suite – including all 23 images and the full text of the poem – is available as a limited edition box-set, beautifully presented in a solander/clamshell box. The A4 handmade clamshell box is bound in grey library buckram with gold titles and is lined with red boockcloth. The Lithographs and text are editioned on acid-free mould-made 100% cotton Fabriano Tiepolo. This box set, as well as individual prints, are available to purchase from the Graphic Studio Gallery.