David Butler, ‘Dublin’, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 127.
Muldoon’s Picnic, an omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, is kicking off Friday 2 August at theHawkswell Theatre in Sligo. Guests such as Michael Longley, Lisa O’Neill, Zadie Smith, andHorslips will join poet Paul Muldoon for six different evenings of creative and collaborative energy.
Keep reading for more information about events, launches and open mic nights happening across the country this month.
The series Consultant Editor Dr Ellen Rowley, UCD will present her lecture on ‘The history of making home in Ireland’. Other contributors include Design Historian Sorcha O’Brien, Geographer Joe Brady and Dáithí Downey who leads the Dublin Housing Observatory.
At the heart of the Davis Now Lectures is the aim of bringing to audiences newly-commissioned lectures from our finest scholars, artists and thinkers. Five lectures are recorded on location around Ireland for future broadcast as hour-long edited programmes.
The Davis Now Lecture 2019 series is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and its academic partner is University College Dublin. The RTÉ Radio series producer is Clíodhna Ní Anluain.
Thursday 25 July, 11.15am
The Marketplace, Armagh Tickets: £8
The John Hewitt Society is hosting a poetry reading with Billy Ramsell and Tamar Yoseloff. The reading will be introduced by Anne-Marie Fyfe.
Billy Ramsell has published two collections with Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasuresin 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and was recently published in Italian translation. He was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary for 2015. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.
Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist Charlotte Harker. Her sixth collection, The Black Place, is due from Seren in November 2019.
Saturday 17 August, 5.00pm The Parade Tower, Kilkenny
Kilkenny Arts Festival and Poetry Ireland present a reading with Don Paterson, hailed as one of the most exciting voices in British poetry. Over seven collections – including Landing Light and 40 Sonnets – his exuberant mix of the quotidian, the surreal and the mystical has earned him countless accolades, including the TS Eliot Prize (twice). Don is also a talented jazz musician and composer and a long-standing champion of new voices.
MONDAY 29 JULY, 9.30PM
THE LONG VALLEY, WINTHROP STREET, CORK
Ó Bhéal, in association with Cork Pride, presents poets Alana Daly MulliganandJimCrickard as their special guests on Monday 29 July. The night begins with a selection of poetry-films, screened between 8.30-9.30pm. The Five Words poetry challenge starts at 9.30pm. Then concluding with an open-mic session.
Paul Muldoon’s guests at The Gate will include 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 traditional Irish 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 Brennanand virtuoso harpist Cormac de Barra, Irish novelist and screenwriter John Banville and West Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan as special guests.
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 O’Leary 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.
Muldoon’s Picnic at The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST, 8.00PM
THE 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, 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 poet and novelist Nick Laird, and the ‘Godfathers of Celtic Rock’ Horslips as special guests.
Holy Show Magazine: Launch Party
The launch of Holy Show – a new print publication and production company showcasing contemporary life & culture through the work of Ireland’s artists. Focusing on the hidden curiosities of Irish life, Holy Show reads like something between an entrancingly esoteric lecture and the best pub conversation you’ve ever had. Thursday 25 July, 6.00pm at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. >>More
Lunchtime Poetry at the Hunt Museum
The Limerick Writers have organised a lunchtime poetry session at the Hunt Museum. This Friday poets Greg Carey and Aimee Levey will be reading at 1pm. >>More
The Cormorant a Broadsheet of Prose & Poetry The Cormorant publishes work from both established and emerging writers. Issue 3 will include work from Pat Boran, Mary O’Donnell, Nuala O’Connor, and new voices Dawn Watson, Caragh Maxwell and many others. The publication officially launches on Wednesday 31 July, 6.00pm at the Factory, Lower Quay St, Sligo. >>More
‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering
For the month of August the ‘On the Nail’ series is starting off with Breda Spaight and Daragh Bradish. Thursday 1August, 8.00pm at Sexton’s Bar, 91 Henry St., Limerick. >>More
2019 Summer (Virtual) Poetry Treasure Hunt
An international virtual summer treasure hunt running the entire month of August. Discover new writers and revisit old favourites. Each day you receive an email introducing you to the work of a particular poet, and from there you’ll need to hunt for the clues. >>More
Blackwater International Poetry Festival
The theme of the festival is ‘Inclusion’ and the objective is to give a voice to all poets; the beginners, the newly published and the internationally recognised. Additionally the Blackwater International Poetry Festival strive to bring poetry to everyone by holding readings in boutiques, barber shops, banks, pharmacies, cafes, hairdressing salons, shops, restaurants and pubs. Starting on Thursday 1 August in Lismore, County Waterford. >>More
Open House Festival: Poetry & a Pint
Grab yourself a pint (or tipple of your choice) and settle in for an evening of original poetry in the intimate setting of Fealty’s Back Bar, Bangor, County Down. Every Friday in the month of August a renowned poet will read from their own work before introducing an open mic session. >>More