“O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water, preferably, so stilly
Greeny at the heart of summer.”
Patrick Kavanagh, Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin, ‘Erected to the memory of Mrs Dermot O’Brien’
With our partners, OPW, we are delighted to present the Heart of Summer series with Olivia O’Leary,featuring some of Ireland’s finest poets and musicians in the iconic historic properties of Doneraile Court (Cork), Derrynane House (Kerry), Glebe House & Gallery (Donegal) and Emo Court (Laois).
A special event with clinical psychologist and best-selling author Kay Redfield Jamison in conversation with film-maker Alan Gilsenan happening on Monday 24 June.
Other upcoming events include The Gallery Presslaunch of Vona Groarke’s and Frank McGuinness’snewest collections on Thursday 27 June.
‘Making Spaces Places’ a free lunchtime poetry reading with Paula Meehan, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Sean Borodale, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and musicianMáire Breathnach, complementing the Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland. Save the date: Friday 28 June, 1pm. Keep an eye out for more on our website and socials.
More information below about events, launches and open mic nights happening across the country this month.
The Heart of Summer 2019
Olivia O’Leary, acclaimed journalist and presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Poetry Programme, presents The Heart of Summer, a feast of poetry and music in some of Ireland’s great historic houses.
Produced by Poetry Ireland in partnership with the OPW, and introduced by O’Leary, guests will include some of Ireland’s finest poets and musicians, including Paula Meehan, Tom French, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Bernard O’Donoghue.
Performances will take place in four of the OPW’s iconic historic properties: Doneraile Courtin Co. Cork, Derrynane House in Co. Kerry, Glebe House and Gallery in Co. Donegal, andEmo Court in Co. Laois. Several of the concerts will be recorded for later broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1’s The Poetry Programme.
On Saturday 6 July at 8pm, Olivia O’Leary will be joined by celebrated Irish poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Bernard O’Donoghue, as well as visual artist and singer Ceara Conway, at Doneraile Court in Co. Cork. Originally built in the 1700s, Doneraile Court is the centrepiece of a four hundred acre estate in North Cork. This great Irish house is opening to visitors for the first time in summer 2019 following an extensive restoration programme. >>Tickets
Irish Times Poetry Now Award winner Paddy Bushe, poet and children’s author Enda Wyley, and acclaimed traditional singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will be Olivia’s guests in Derrynane House in Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry on Saturday 13 July at 8pm. Standing at the very tip of the stunning Iveragh Peninsula, Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, one of the great figures in modern Irish history. Derrynane was one of the great influences on O’Connell’s life, and now displays many relics of his life and career. >>Tickets
Olivia O’Leary is joined by Irish poets Paula Meehan and Martin Dyar, as well as singer-songwriter Farah Elle in Glebe House and Gallery in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal on Saturday 20 July at 8pm. Set alongside gorgeous Glenveagh National Park, Glebe was once the home of the renowned artist Derek Hill, and now displays collections of Islamic and Japanese art, as well as 300 works by leading twentieth-century artists including Picasso. >>Tickets
On Saturday 27 July at 8pm, Kilkenny-born poet Tom French, bilingual writer Deirdre Brennan and Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist, composer and music producer Seán Mac Erlaine will join Olivia at Emo Court in Portarlington, Co. Laois. Emo Court House is one of architect James Gandon’s neo-classical masterpieces. Set in lush parklands, the house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, a lake, woodland walks and many fine trees and shrubs. >>Tickets
Tickets to each event cost €10 (€8 concessions).
Presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with the OPW.
Poetry Ireland’s principal supporters are the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The Gallery Press, in association with Poetry Ireland, will be celebrating the launch of Double Negative by Vona Groarke and The Wedding Breakfast by Frank McGuinness.
Vona Groarke has published ten previous books with The Gallery Press, the two latest (both published in 2016) being Selected Poems (winner of the Pigott Prize) and Four Sides Full, a book-length personal essay (and an RTÉ ‘Book on One’).
Frank McGuinness was born in County Donegal in 1953 and now lives in Dublin. The Gallery Press has also published Booterstown, The Sea with No Ships, The Stone Jug, Dulse and In a Town of Five Thousand People.
SATURDAY 22 JUNE, 7.00PM
MARQUEE, GLENCREE CENTRE, WICKLOW TICKETS €10/8
Pascale Petit and Paul Durcan will feature at The Shaking Bog Nature Writing Festival in Wicklow. Their poetry has fearlessly explored mental illness, the emotional complexities of family and the sense of place. They will read from their distinctive bodies of work, followed by an informal discussion.
Lemme Talk is an open mic night at Poetry Ireland, brought to you in partnership with Slam Sunday. Lemme Talk gives poets, performers and all kinds of wordsmiths a chance to share their work with a friendly audience. It’s a non-competitive open mic and each night also features at least one special guest.
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST, 8.00PM
HAWK’S WELL THEATRE, SLIGO
In Sligo, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome guests Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, one of the most prominent poets writing in the Irish language today, acclaimed Belfast writer Wendy Erskine, and Irish traditional singer and song collector Len Graham, and the unique piano-based songwriter Duke Special.
MONDAY 5 AUGUST, 8.00PM
THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CORK
In Cork, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome contemporary English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith, Northern Irish novelist and poet Nick Laird, and the ‘Godfathers of Celtic Rock’ Horslips as special guests.
Opening Event – The Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering: Éigse na Gréine
THURSDAY 20 JUNE, 7.45PM
The festival will be officially opened by Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will read on the night, joined by the Russian poet and Irish Studies teacher Andrey Mashinan. There will be music by Steve Cooney, singer Nóirín Ní Riain and the legendary Ailean Dòmhnullach on the Scottish pipers.
Kay Redfield Jamison is the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind who gave us a groundbreaking life of one of the major American poets of the twentieth century, Robert Lowell. In this conversation with filmmaker Alan Gilsenan, she will explore the relationship between manic-depressive (bi-polar) illness, creative genius, and character.
Muldoon’s guests at The Gate will present Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poet Michael Longley, Man Booker prize-winning author Anne Enright, internationally renowned singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, one of the most significant talents in the world of Irish traditional music Martin Hayes, and the acclaimed vocalist and actor Lisa Lambe.
In Ennis, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome singer, songwriter and storyteller Declan O’Rourke, musician, composer, poet and the last surviving member of the definitive line-up of The Dubliners John Sheahan, Nigerian-born, Longford-raised spoken word poet Felicia Olusanya and Irish Times journalist and cultural commentator Fintan O’Toole as special guests.
In Belfast, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome the ‘Queen of Celtic Music’ Moya Brennan and virtuoso harpist Cormac de Barra, Irish novelist and screenwriter John Banville and West Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan as special guests.
Ó bhéal Poetry Readings & Open-mic Nights
Ó bhéal takes place in The Long Valley Bar, Cork, every Monday. Kicking off with a Poetry Challenge at 9.30pm followed by a guest poet at 10pm. >>More
‘Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital’
Salmon Poetry is launching ‘Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital’, a new collection of poems by Kevin Higgins at the House Hotel, Spanish Parade, Galway on Friday 14 June at 6pm. >>More
Trì Chanain: from Scotland in Three Languages
Part of the Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering: Éigse na Gréine, a reading with poets Aonghas MacNeacail, Gerry Loose and Lorna Waite. Followed by piper and singer Ailean Dòmhnullach. Sunday 23 June, 7.30pm, Waterville Community Centre. >>More
North West Words
North West Words has announced a ‘Borders & Belonging’ Reading Series with Maureen Curran, Moyra Donaldson and William Stokes at Cafe Davitt, Letterkenny, Donegal, Thursday 27 June, 8pm. >>More
The Circle Sessions
A night of spoken word poetry, storytelling, music and performance in The International Bar, 22 Wicklow Street, Dublin. Every Monday night at 8pm. >>More
White House Limerick Poetry
Check out the Whitehouse Bar, Limerick where the Whitehouse poets hold a reading and open mic night ever Wednesday. Starts 9pm. >>More