“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
There are lots of exciting events coming up this month including Versify at Dublin Fringe Festival with six sensational new voices in spoken word poetry performing here at Poetry Ireland.
We’re delighted to be involved in Culture Night again this year, with a varied line up on Friday 20 September. Make sure to drop by and soak up some poetry related culture.
And we bring you plenty of other events taking place around the country in the coming weeks.
This brand new showcase promises a night of electric slam from the most sensational new voices in spoken word poetry.
We can now announce the names of the Versify participants: Trudie Gorman, Christie Kandiwa, Samuel Yakura, James Crickard, Philip Edgar and Beau Williams.
These inaugural six were dubbed Ireland’s top talent from a sky-high pile of hopefuls, and awarded intensive mentoring in poetry and performance. This show may be your last chance to catch powerful spoken word in an intimate setting from six spellbinding performers, who will be stepping onto much bigger stages in the years to come.
Drop into Poetry Ireland’s splendid Georgian home in Parnell Square this Culture Night where the walls will be reverberating with poetry and music from dusk ‘til dark.
5 – 6.45pm: Launch of Future Perfect
This Trócaire Poetry Anthology edited by Mary Shine Thompson features winning poems from the Trócaire / Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition between 2012 and 2019. The launch kicks off at 5pm with speakers including Caoimhe De Barra, Mary Shine Thompson and Jane O’Hanlon (Poetry Ireland). The event will also include readings by some of the poets featured in the anthology.
5.30 – 8pm: Typewriter Poems with Stephen Clare
Strolling through Parnell Square? Stephen Clare will be stationed at his typewriter throughout the night, ready to craft a bespoke poem, just for you!
5.30 – 6.30pm: Lift Your Voice with Farah Elle
This workshop will explore the power of the voice and the role that creativity plays in the preservation of our own unique essence and wellness. Using poetry and music as our communal language, we will explore how positive self-expression can help us celebrate our own unique identities, strengthen intuition & emotional intelligence, and look after ourselves while we integrate into society with a joyful sense of purpose. No booking required – but places are limited, so turn up early!
7 – 7.45pm: Flash Poetry in the Council Chamber
Catch flash poetry readings from Vincent Woods, Kerrie O’Brien, and Anthony Caleshu, with music from Farah Elle.
8 – 10pm: Fried Plaintains Collective
Fried Plantains Collective is curating a spooky night of cosy poetry and music, plus haunting tales by some of Dublin’s lit performers of Irish and Afro ancestry. Grab yourself a glass of wine, check out our merch table of deadly crafts and cosy up as the show begins by twilight. P.S: Possibility of face painting is likely. See you then!
Please join us to celebrate the launch of Moya Cannon’s fourth Carcanet collection, Donegal Tarantella, for an evening of readings, discussion and drinks, with Olivia O’Leary.
Moya Cannon, originally from Co. Donegal, has spent most of her adult life in Galway and now lives in Dublin. She has represented Ireland at many international festivals and conferences. Her work has been widely translated. She has taught creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway, was director of the International Writers’ Course at NUIG, and she has edited Poetry Ireland Review.
A winner of the Brendan Behan award and of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy award, she has a deep interest in music and enjoys performing with musicians.
Gate Theatre presents a Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger production.
A beautiful one-man show, an elegy to life, love and loss, Incantata tells the story of a man celebrating and remembering a great love affair.
Written by one of Ireland’s most revered writers, the New York based, Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon, Incantata is interpreted for the stage by Stanley Townsend and Sam Yates. This production first premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival.
SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER, 3.00PM
THE OLD KITCHEN, FARMLEIGH
In this event, you’ll hear from five rapidly rising stars of contemporary Irish poetry – Ciarán O’Rourke, Róisín Kelly and Annemarie Ní Churreáin – three poets who have published their first collection in the past year and the two newer voices of Paul McCarrick and Ruth Quinlan from Intros 2019, who are set to publish in the coming months.
Poetry at the Mills: An Evening of Poetry and Music
Fri 6 Sept, Skerries Mills
An annual evening of poetry and music. Paula Meehan, Iggy McGovern and Enda Coyle-Greene are joined by musician Paul Enright and guests. Hosted in the atmospheric surroundings of Skerries Mills. >>More
Artists Connect – Wicklow
Sat 7 Sept, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow
Wicklow County Council Arts Office invites artists living in Wicklow to join them in a meeting with a difference. Working as an artist in rural and smaller urban towns is difficult. No matter your energy or positivity, it’s too easy to feel disconnected and isolated.
The Arts Office aims to bring a range of artists, from a variety of disciplines, interests and backgrounds together to talk, present and discuss their work and themes of interest. >>More
Dublin Fringe Festival
Celebrating its 25th year in 2019, Dublin Fringe Festival (DFF) has a packed programme from 7-22 September. The festival has always been home to bold ideas, brave performing arts and adventurous audiences. Check out Poetry Ireland’s collaboration with DFF, Versify 2019. >>More
Launch of “Let the Stories be Told”
Sun 8 Sept, House Hotel, Galway
In 2018, Our Small Towns Big Ideas programme supported Skylight 47 to produce an 8-page special supplement called “Let the Stories be Told”. It’s their first themed publication with Galway 2020’s Language, Landscape and Migration as the topics on which creative writers, mainly poets were invited to contribute. A selection of writings on these themes will appear in both the soon to be launched main magazine and the supplement. >>More
Culture Night at Strokestown Library – The Magic of Poetry
Fri 20 Sept, Strokestown Library, Co Roscommon
This year’s Culture Night will feature a live performance of poems from some of the community’s most creative hearts and minds. The collective pens of the Strokestown Women’s Shed have joined literary forces with the girls of the primary school to create poems themed around what it means to live in Roscommon in 2019. >>More
Connemara launch of Making Integral: Critical Essays on Richard Murphy
Sat 21 Sept, Omey Suite, Station House Hotel, Clifden
A celebration of Richard Murphy’s poetry with readings and reflections by poets and friends with special guests Professor Lucy Collins, Professor Bernard O’Donoghue and Professor Gerald Dawe. >>More
Dublin Theatre Festival
26 Sept – 13 Oct
Culture lovers can pop along to the Dublin Theatre Festival this September and October (26 Sept – 13 Oct). One of the events on the programme, Faultline, will be staged in Poetry Ireland’s base at Parnell Square East but is now fully booked out during the festival. There are dates, however, available later in the run (available for sale via Gate Theatre website). Check out the Dublin Theatre Festival website for more details on other events. >>More
Fri 27 Sept, Dublin Wellness Centre
Love poetry and relaxing? Try a poetry bath.
An immersive experience in sound and spoken poetry for relaxation and self-enquiry. >>More
Iron Mountain Literature Festival
5-6 Oct, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon
Two of Ireland’s best-loved and popular authors, Marian Keyes and Michael Harding, are special guests at this year’s Iron Mountain Festival. They will read from their work and discuss writing, social media, literary and popular fiction and their lives as writers. The winner of the 2019 John McGahern Literary Award will be announced as part of the festival. >>More
Donegal’s Atlantic Way – book launch
Sat 5 Oct, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
A night featuring Donegal imagery, poetry recitals and music.
Donegal’s Poetic Atlantic Way will be formally launched on October 5th 2019. The 208-page coffee table book showcases Donegal’s natural beauty, through stunning photographs combined with a collection of poetry. The poems in the most part are linked to the imagery, light, and lines, with lyrics fusing to make this book a must for those who love nature. >>More
Carcanet at 50 – Afternoon Symposium
Fri 25 Oct, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East
Please join us to celebrate Carcanet’s Jubilee, a day of presentations, discussions and poetry readings, during which we intend to explore the relationships between publisher and poet over the years, Irish poetry beyond Ireland, and the development of an indie poetry press that has survived half a century. >>More
Carcanet at 50 – Evening Readings
Fri 25 Oct, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East
Please join us to celebrate Carcanet’s Jubilee at our Dublin party, an evening of celebratory readings by some of Carcanet’s most celebrated contemporary Irish poets: Sinéad Morrissey, Tara Bergin, Thomas McCarthy, Mary O’Malley and Moya Cannon. >>More