Spring has sprung in the poetry world and the books are blooming. Renowned and celebrated poet Harry Clifton is launching his newest poetry collection Herod’s Dispensations on Tuesday 26 March, 6pm, at Hodges Figgis.
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Professor of Poetry, will be giving a lecture entitled ‘Instead of a Shrine: Poetry and Ritual’ on Thursday 28 March, 7.00pm at Queen’s University, Belfast.
We’re gearing up for our return to Boston with theBualadh BOSton festival including a celebration ofCalling Cards which we jointly published with The Gallery Press.
Big shout out to Muireann Sheahan who has put together this newsletter over the last five years, wishing her the best in her next adventure.
‘Now We Can Talk Openly About Everything’, Martina Evans and Rosemary Jenkinson at Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
As a part of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival Martina Evans and Rosemary Jenkinson come together in conversation, chaired by Paula Shields.
Martina Evans’ latest collection Now We Can Talk Openly About Men comes in two parts, dramatic monologues touching on the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War from a woman’s perspective. There are two voices: a dressmaker on laudanum and a stenographer in love with a young revolutionary. The women reflect with humour on how actions taken in their youth lead to betrayal.
Rosemary Jenkinson whose short story collection Catholic Boy was described by Mia Gallagher as “cunningly seductive, by turns raucous, wry and tender. A gifted storyteller, Jenkinson leavens even her darkest materials with biting, effervescent wit…”
Billy Collins and Leanne O’Sullivan at the Cork International Poetry Festival
Saturday 23 March, 10.00pm
Cork Art Theatre
A part of the Cork International Poetry Festival Billy Collins will be in conversation with Leanne O’Sullivan. Billy Collins is the author of twelve collections of poetry, the latest being The Rain in Portugal. He is a fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. He served as the US Poet Laureate (2001) and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Leanne O’Sullivan has published four poetry collections, all from Bloodaxe: Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010, The Mining Road (2013) and A Quarter of an Hour (2018). She received the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2009 and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011.
The Being is Believing zine centres around the perspectives of young people, particularly young LGBTQ+ people and women, on themes of self-love, self-preservation and investigating what body positivity really means to each of us as individuals. The night will feature readings by contributors, and all money raised will be donated to Bodywhys.
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.
Jane Clarke’s moving collection All the Way Home responds to the Auerbach family archive of World War I letters and photographs represented by the Mary Evans Picture Library. The sequence imagines the emotional landscape of war for a brother at the Front and his sister at home. Lucy Collins, Associate Professor of English UCD will launch Jane Clarke’s new collection.
Dedalus Press in association with Poetry Ireland is pleased to present a reading to launch Sky Navigation HomewardNew and Selected Poems by Mikiro Sasaki. Translated from the Japanese by Mitsuko Ohno, Beverley Curran and Nobuaki Tochigi. Introduced by Nobuaki Tochigi.
SUNDAY 24 MAR, 5.30PM
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL, EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2
In this very special concert, six choirs from across the island of Ireland will join forces with Chamber Choir Ireland for a group performance of the new work ‘An Island Sings’ in the National Concert Hall conducted by the renowned conductor Christopher Bell. ‘An Island Sings’ is written by composer Elaine Agnew and poet Jessica Traynor, and was commissioned by the Association of Irish Choirs, Chamber Choir Ireland and Poetry Ireland. Don’t miss this showcase of the rich and vibrant choral community that exists in Ireland today.
Strokestown’s 21st International Poetry Festival launches with an eclectic mix of new and established poets reading their work ahead of the festival in May. The launch evening will include the reveal of this year’s Festival Anthology featuring poems shortlisted for festival competitions and from invited guests.
Poets and Painters
The exhibition comprises of 15 works of art by local artists which were created in response to a call-out for poets to submit a poem for April is Poetry Month in Limerick. The exhibition is curated by renowned local artist Kate Hennessy. The launch party is at CB1 Gallery 51 O’Connell Street, Limerick, on Monday 25 March, 6.00pm. >>More
The Sunflower Sessions
Taking place on the last Wednesday of every month the Lord Edward will be hosting a readings and an open mic night at 7.30pm. Next one is taking place Wednesday 27 March. Copies of Flare, the Sunflower Sessions narrow-sheet are available at these sessions and in Books Upstairs. >>More
An open mic in Clondalkin, Dublin, taking place on the last Thursday of every month at 7pm. All are welcome, poets, troubadors and singer-songwriters. Next one is Thursday 28 March in the cellar of Laurel’s Bar. >>More
Date with an Agent
The International Literature Festival Dublin and writing.ie are inviting six literary and screen agents, as well as two London editors to Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 25 May 2019 to explain exactly how the publishing industry works. Send in a sample of your work by Monday 1 April, and selected authors will participate in an intimate workshop with an agent specialising in their genre. >>More
Poetry in Times of Crisis
A special poetry reading and discussion with award-winning American poets Erika Meitner and Wayne Miller. Boston College Ireland on Friday 26 April at 4.00pm. >>More