JOHN MORIARTY (1938-2007) was born in North Kerry and educated at Listowel and University College Dublin. He taught English Literature at the University of Manitoba in Canada for six years, before returning to Ireland in 1971. He is the author of Dreamtime (1994, revised 1999), the trilogy Turtle Was Gone a Long Time: Crossing the Kedron (1996), Horsehead Nebula Neighing (1997) and Anaconda Canoe (1998), Nostos, an autobiography (2001) and Night Journey to Buddh Gaia (2006).
‘Asking Irish people to reconnect with their deepest springs, Moriarty reads the Tales in the light of a modern depth-psychology of which most Celtic scholars are still quite innocent. His commentaries are like the unleashing of lost ancestral forces, flashing forth again in our moment of current danger. These visionary texts are a reminder of the life-force that beats within us all.’ – Declan Kiberd, author of Inventing Ireland