To celebrate All Ireland Poetry Day on October 4th, the Library in Dundalk Institute of Technology hosts a lunchtime reading by two of Dundalkís finest contemporary poets.
Barbara Smith is a Dundalk-based poet and teacher. Her second collection of poems, The Angels Share, was recently published by Doghouse Books. She has also published in Riposte, VirtualWriter and Electric Acorn in Ireland, as well as in The Coffee House (UK), Garm Lu (Canada), Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Portrait (US) and TMR (India). Barbara has a Masters degree in Creative Writing and has generously encouraged many Dundalk-based writers over the past years.
Longford native John Noonan is a 2012 winner of the Goldsmith Prize for his poem Glass Maker. John is deeply involved in the Dundalk WritersGroup.
The reading will begin at 12:30pm on October 4th. All welcome.
Thursday 4th October at 11.00am
A special radio broadcast on Dundalk FM I00 to celebrate All Ireland Poetry Day
The Arts Service of Louth Local Authorities, in association with Dundalk FM 100 and Poetry Ireland present –
“Bookends”, a celebration of poetry to mark All Ireland Poetry Day
As part of the activities to mark All-Ireland Poetry Day, the Arts Service of Louth Local Authorities is organising “Bookends”, a programme of poetry and opinion which is being broadcast by Dundalk FM 100. Building on previous radio programmes broadcast to mark All Ireland Poetry Day, the show will be hosted by Eileen Corcoran, and will feature a wide range of people from the area, reading their own poems, as well as poems which mean something to them, and discussing the relevance of poetry in Irish society today.
“Bookends” will be broadcast on Dundalk FM 100 on October 4th at 11am. This event is part of the celebrations for All Ireland Poetry Day, which is co-ordinated by Poetry Ireland. “Bookends” is an initiative of the Arts Service of Louth Local Authorities.
“Bookends” will focus on two books of poetry which were launched in Dundalk recently – “The Angels Share”, by Barbara Smith, and “Once Upon Reflection” by Petra Berntssen. Barbara holds an MA from Queens University Belfast, and has been awarded many poetry prizes and bursaries. She has read at literary gatherings in Ireland, Edinburgh and London, and she is also an enthustaic reader of her own work with The Poetry Divas and the Prufrocks. ”The Angel’s Share” is her second collection to be published by Doghouse Books, and it was launched in May in the Basement Gallery, Dundalk.
Petra Berntsson is a visual artist born in Sweden and now living in Dundalk. She has always had a love of the written word and poetry, so it was a natural decision for her to combine her paintings with writing. Once the thought of compiling a book had rooted, she set about contacting writers and poets, connections happened naturally and poems emerged from paintings, and paintings grew from words. The end result, “Once Upon Reflection” is a book of paintings and poetry, inspired by Petra’s years living in Ireland, and it too was launched in the Basement Gallery in June.
Joining Barbara and Petra for the programme will be four local people who will read poetry which has inspired, enthralled or otherwise impacted on them. They are –
Cllr. Jennifer Green, Cathaoirleach, Dundalk Town Council. Jennifer graduated from Dundalk Instuite of Technology with a degree in Cultural Studies, and was unanimously elected Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Town Council in June, making her the first female Sinn Féin Councillor to hold the position.
Pat Keating. Pat recently graduated from The Open University with a Degree in Humanities. She is an active participant in the cultural life of Dundalk, and was a founder member of “The Company of Six”, who devised and performed a performance based on the works of Patrick Kavanagh.
Tommy Kelly, is a visual artist, comic writer, and social commentator. Among his comic book publications are “Road Crew”, “Something Wonderful”, and “The Holy Numbers”. He is also a musician and music tutor.
Cathal Cassidy, Broadcaster, Dundalk FM 100. Cathal has presented a number of very popular programmes on Dundalk 100 FM.
“We’re delighted to be working with Dundalk 100 FM once again on a radio programme dedicated to poetry”, says County Arts Officer, Brian Harten. “Everybody has a favourite poem, and “Bookends” will encourage people to think about the poems which have made an impression on them in the past. As well as that, it’s good to be reminded that Ireland is still producing really good poets, and whether we’re in the middle of a boom or a recession, people still write poetry and people still read it. It’s part of what makes us human.”
Invite you to the launch of
The Angels’ Share By Barbara Smith
To be launched by Enda Coyle-Greene, poet
6.00. pm, Wednesday 23rd. May
Basement Gallery, Town Hall, Dundalk
Droichead Arts Centre, Saturday May 26th & Wednesday May 30th 2012
Supported by The Arts Council’s touring programme.
The Stinging Fly magazine has worked since 1997 to publish and promote the best new writing. It comes to the Droichead Arts Centre this month as part of a national tour showcasing the talents of some of the many writers who have published work in the magazine over the past 15 years.
Saturday May 26th – Fiction Workshop with Sean O’Reilly
10-5pm Fee €50
Short-story writer and novelist, Sean O’Reilly, will lead a fiction workshop focusing on work in progress. Each participant will be expected to submit work in advance, and all work submitted will be shared prior to the workshop. In-depth discussion of participants’ work will form the basis of the workshop.
Tickets for the workshop can be booked at:
Early booking is encouraged and participants should submit work in progress (a short story or 10-15 pages from a longer work) as soon as possible. Work in progress should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday May 30th – Stinging Fly Showcase Reading
7.30pm Admission Free (booking advised)
Join The Stinging Fly for an evening of literature and music. Readings by the novelist, Emer Martin, short-story writer, Mary Costello, and poets, Alan Jude Moore and Leeanne Quinn. Plus music from special guest, Briana Corrigan (The Beautiful South), who has recently released her second solo album, Redbird.
To book a place on workshop/reserve tickets for the evening event contact:
Droichead Arts Centre on 041 983 3946 or see www.droicheadartscentre.com
For more information on The Stinging Fly please contact:
T: 086 840 9133 E: email@example.com W: www.stingingfly.org
Programme will deal with all aspects of poetry writing.
‘Now leave the check- reins slack
The seed is flying far to-day
The seed, like stars against the black
Eternity of April clay’. Patrick Kavanagh.
Acclaimed poet, Noel Monahan, will direct the Poetry Writing Workshop at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen on Saturday 28th – Sunday 29thApril 2012.
The weekend course is suitable for beginners and those who have written some poetry. The director welcomes all emerging poets both national and foreign nationals to this creative weekend.
The programme will deal with all aspects of poetry writing. The workshop will cover the following headings: Poetic inspiration. Responding to a poem. Finding a form for your poem. Arranging your poem on the page. Rhythm and line breaks. Editing a poem. (The workshop will take each participants poems and assist with editing the same). Getting your poem published.
The Workshop Director, Noel Monahan, has published five collections of poetry. His most recent publication was ‘Curve of the Moon’. His poetry is now prescribed text for the Leaving Certificate English Course 2011 and 2012. He has received numerous literary awards for his work. He holds an M.A in creative writing.
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the venue for this weekend of creative activity. The Centre is located in the picturesque village of Inniskeen which nestles among the Monaghan drumlins immortalised by Patrick Kavanagh, Inniskeen’s most illustrious son and one of Ireland’s best loved poets.
For information and booking: Ph. 00353 (0) 42 9378560. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com
A day of exploration of the Self through the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh is planned at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, in the poet’s native village of Inniskeen for Saturday 3rd March from 10am to 4pm.
Dr Reamonn O Donnchadha, psychotherapist, university lecturer and author, will explore with participants aspects of psychology, the Self, and personal change. The facilitator is a Jungian therapist and author of The Confident Child, and Be Confident. He will weave the psychology of C G Jung and the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh into a meaningful fabric of personal meaning.
For information and booking please phone the Patrick Kavanagh Centre on 00353(0) 42 93 78560
www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com Admission fee: €50 (Prior booking is essential).
‘A True Note on a Slack String’