“Let poetry be difficult, very difficult, the difficulty of a deep ocean, but not obscure, the obscurity of a muddy shallow little lake.”
Peter Viereck, Parnassus, Vol. 17 No.2
Now that autumn is just around the corner, thoughts turn to education and we’ve a great round up on writing workshops in this week’s newsletter, along with our usual updates on competitions and calls for submission.
We also bring you news of a radio programme coming up on 8 September on RTÉ lyric fm about the under-appreciated Irish-born poet Lola Ridge.
Opportunity for a writer’s base in Co Sligo
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On Sunday 8 September at 6 pm, RTÉ lyric fm will broadcast Undersong, about the modernist, anarchist, and Irish-born poet Lola Ridge.
When poet Lola Ridge died in 1941, the New York Times described her as one of the leading poets of America, but, until recent years, she has been largely forgotten.
Born in Dublin, growing up in Australia and New Zealand, she abandoned her husband (a move that echoed her mother’s life) to move to Australia, and from there emigrated to the United States in her 30s, where she re-invented herself.
She played a central role in the world of modernist poetry, became a committed anarchist, and was one of the first poets to write about human rights, women’s lives, race riots and the dangers of fascism. She believed that poetry could make a difference.
She maintained a life-long interest in the country of her birth, writing poems about Jim Larkin and the Easter Rising, and her legacy can be seen in the work of today’s politically-committed poets, both Irish and international.
The contributors to the programme are her biographer, Terese Svoboda, poet Sarah Clancy, Lucy Collins, Associate Professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, and composer Seán Doherty. Lola Ridge’s poems are read by Cathy Belton.
Undersong is a Rockfinch Production for RTÉ lyric fm funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee. Presented and produced by Claire Cunningham. Sound supervision by Tinpot Productions.
Are you following the Words Lightly Spoken podcast?
Since it began 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.
Autumn Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMarsGalway Arts Centre >>More
Poetry Kit Online Courses
Four online courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer.
New courses starting the second and fourth Monday of each month. >>More
Biro Buddies: Expressive Writing Workshop
Biro Buddies is a new supportive group using expressive writing for well-being. Deadline 31 August. >>More
Creative Writing Course for Older People 2019
Limerick Writers Centre. Deadline 7 September. >>More
Beginner & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes
Galway Technical Institute. Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks). Commencement on Monday 23 September. >>More