“A poem should take you somewhere different. Of all people, you might say, a poet should be the one least likely to step into the same river twice.”
Seamus Heaney, BBC1, March 1998
As we head towards the last days of summer, this week’s newsletter is packed full of competitions and opportunities (including open mic nights) from around the country and beyond.
There’s still time (deadline 16 Aug) to apply for an amazing opportunity to become Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence. You could make a huge impact on the local community in the north inner city in the next couple of years through this funded, part-time position.
In September 2016, Poetry Ireland moved into its beautiful new home in Dublin’s Parnell Square. The organisation is now introducing an ambitious neighbourhood project which will engage with the many communities who call this fascinating area of the city home. As part of this exciting new initiative, we wish to appoint a poet in residence for a two-year period. This part-time role will involve extensive work with a number of diverse communities within the north inner city. These groups will include the SAOL project for women and the Pathways Centre for former prisoners, as well as schools, libraries, youth and adult groups to be confirmed.
The selected candidate will have a dedicated space within Parnell Square. The role involves a commitment of 10 hours per week which will include three hours public engagement from the poet in residence, four hours input from associate writers and artists, and three hours dedicated to the poet’s own creative work.
Applicants are invited to submit:
A curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
Examples of previous artistic work, with specific reference to work in the community
A proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (maximum two pages)
The acclaimed radio programme No Egos No Divas: New Poets in Irish, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July, is available to listen back to on the BBC website until the end of August.
Produced by Claire Cunningham (Rockfinch Ltd), and presented by Louis de Paor, the programme includes poetry by contemporary poets Aifric Mac Aodha, Marcus Mac Conghail, Caitlín Nic Íomhair, Ailble Ní Ghearbhuigh, Simon Ó Faoláin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin. Many of the poets also featured in Calling Cards, the bilingual anthology co-published in 2018 by Poetry Ireland and The Gallery Press.
Photos: Top L-R Aifric Mac Aodha, Marcus Mac Conghail, Caitlín Nic Íomhair, Ailble Ní Ghearbhuigh Bottom L-R Simon Ó Faoláin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin, Louis de Paor (presenter)
Words Lightly Spoken podcast
Are you following the Words Lightly Spoken podcast?
Since it begain in January 2019, the podcast has uploaded a poem every week, as well as special, extended episodes to accompany the 2019 issues of Poetry Ireland Review. The podcast is funded by the Arts Council.
You can listen to the podcast on the Poetry Ireland website
So far, the podcast has included contributions from well-known poets, debut poets, poets born in Ireland, and those who have made their home here. We’ve had humour, sadness, and poems to make you think.
And there’s much more to come in the coming months, including poems from Martin Dyar, Medbh McGuckian, Mary Noonan, Simon Ó Faoláin and many more. Not to be missed.
A full listing of Open Mic opportunities can found on our websitebut we’ve selected a few opportunities around the country for this newsletter edition.
Yard Sessions, Belfast Open Mic
A new open mic session on the first Monday of every month at Eastside Visitor Centre, Newtownards Road, Belfast, beginning September 2019. >>More
Lemme Talk, Poetry Ireland, Dublin
Lemme Talk is an open mic night at Poetry Ireland, brought to you in partnership with Slam Sunday. Running on the first Monday of the month, 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 usually features at least one special guest. >>More
‘On the Nail’ Literary Gatherings, Limerick
‘On the Nail’ Literary Gatherings take place at Chez le Fab, Arthur’s Quay Park, Limerick, on the first Tuesday of the month. >>More
Over the Edge Open Readings, Galway
Over the Edge Open Readings take place regularly in Galway City Library. These early evening events present featured readers, followed by an open-mic. New readers are welcome. >>More
Hungry Hill Poetry Friday, Castletownbere, Cork
Hungry Hill hosts regular poetry evenings, open to all, on the last Friday of each month. Come and join us at whiteRoom in Castletownbere from 8pm for informal readings (your own poems or poems by other people), discussion, or just listening. >>More
Illuminations is an open mic based in The Bookmart, 5 Lower the Mall, Sligo on the first Thursday of every month at 8pm.
Running since August 2013 and hosted by Patrick Curley, food and drinks are served and admission is always free. >>More