“The lot of love is chosen,
Then one of you gets sick –
The freely given frozen.
The look of love was chosen
Till illness’s implosion:
Gone, the crooked face you picked.
It’s just that one of you got sick.
The knot of love’s not chosen.”
Molly Peacock, ‘I Learnt That Much’
We’ve a packed events schedule to share with you this week, including fresh off the press details about the live recording of RTÉ Radio 1’s Christmas Poetry Programme at Kilkenny Castle.
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And we’ve news about the shortlisted poems for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Amongst the nominees is Christine Broe, who is featured in the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition anthology, Future Perfect.
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Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2019 winner is shortlisted for An Post Irish Book Awards
A poet who was the ‘Adult Published’ winner in the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition Award this year has now been shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards.
Christine Broe, a sculptor and poet from the Liberties in Dublin, placed first in her category at the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Kerchief’ in May of this year. The annual competition uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time.
This poem has now been announced on the shortlist for Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards, which take place on 20 November in The Convention Centre, Dublin. The category was first inaugurated in 2016 and attracts a high calibre of poetry from around the country.
Read more below and vote for your favourite poem in the category.
Celia de Fréine, Colm Keegan, Chris Murray and Maria McManus will read from the collections of four imprisoned poets: Galal el-Behairy (Egypt), Chimengul Awut (China), Dawit Isaac (Eritrea) and Nedim Türfent (Turkey). The Irish poets will also read from their own collections, with music from Eamon Sweeney and Cormac Breatnach.
This special evening of poetry and music has been organised by the Freedom to Write Campaign (Ireland) to mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, which falls on 15 November.
Ó Bhéal October and November events
7 Oct – 25 Nov, Long Valley Bar, Cork
Ó Bhéal’s events begin with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10.00pm. Readings will last between 30-45 minutes after which there is the usual open mic session. >>More
Leaves Festival – A Celebration of Writing and Music
5-10 Nov, Dunamaise Arts Centre and St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Portlaoise
This festival celebrates the diversity and richness in today’s literary, music, theatre and film scene and is curated this year by Dermot Bolger, one of Ireland’s best known writers. Amongst the highlights is a Poetry in the Making Workshop with poet Enda Wyley on Friday 8 November. >>More
An Féile Bheag Filíochta 2019
8-10 Nov, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh and various venues, Co Kerry
Amongst the events this year will be a workshop and closed seminar with Nuala Ní Dhómhnaill and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin respectively, a lecture on the poetry of Mícheál Ó Guithín by Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin, a public seminar on the future of Irish-language poetry publishing with Ciara Ní É, Mícheál Ó Conghaile and Pádraig Ó Snodaigh, chaired by Pádraig Mac Fhearghasa, and as this year’s Festival Concert, the multi-media show Siar agus Aniar, a co-production of IMRAM and the Royal Irish Academy, based on the work of Irish writers in Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks.
There will also be a book launch, open poetry readings, a night of celebration, a heritage walk and more. Read more
The Lit Young Writers Festival
15-16 Nov, Waterford City
Plenty of great events including a pop-up poetry event in John Roberts Square and a spoken word event in The Vintage Tea Rooms, both on Sat 16 Nov. Read more
Nature and Poetry, with Patrick Deeley and Catherine Phil McCarthy
Sun 17 Nov (3pm), National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with Patrick Deeley and Catherine Phil MacCarthy, two leading poets and performers in Ireland. The authors will read from their work that reflects the nature and environment surrounding them at their time of writing. >>More
Gabriel Fitzmaurice – In Conversation with Fintan O’Toole
Sun 17 Nov (2pm), National Library of Ireland, Dublin
Moyvane’s resident poet and one of Ireland’s most prodigious authors, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, is joined by Fintan O’Toole, columnist with the Irish Times and author of many books, most recently Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain. >>More
T.S. Eliot Lecture with Sean Scully
Sun 17 Nov (6pm), Abbey Theatre, Dublin
The 2019 T.S. Eliot Lecture, entitled ‘Belief versus Disbelief’ will be delivered by Sean Scully. The lecture will be followed by an interview with Scully, led by Adrian Dunbar. Bríd Brennan will also perform from Eliot’s work. >>More
Mary O’Malley in conversation with Marina Carr
Thurs 21 Nov (6.30pm), Poetry Ireland, Dublin
At this event in Poetry Ireland, Mary O’Malley will read recent work, and she and Marina Carr will explore the contours and themes that run through her poems and essays. >>More
Dingle Literary Festival (Dingle Lit)
22-24 Nov, Dingle, Ballyferriter and various venues in West Kerry
The inaugural Dingle Literary Festival (Dingle Lit) celebrates and aims to enhance the cultural life of the Dingle Peninsula. It is a new, inclusive and accessible festival for adults and children focused on the literary arts – fiction, poetry and non-fiction in English and Irish – and delivered through readings, workshops and performance. >>More
Books Upstairs Poetry Reading
Sun 24 Nov (3pm), Books Upstairs, Dublin
SurVision Books and SurVision Magazine in association with Books Upstairs is delighted to host a poetry reading with three poets: Patrick Deeley, Anatoly Kudryavitsky and John W. Sexton, and also to present chapbooks of poetry by the latter two poets published over the last year. >>More