Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Culture Night 2017

As part of Culture Night 2017 I read a selection of my poems in collaboration with the Jazz trio Filology: John Philip Murray - Drums; David O'Connor - Guitar and Pat Barrett - Bass.

The event was sponsored by Cork Country Arts & Library Service - with special thanks to Leah Ní Eachtigheirn and Ian McDonagh.  Here is a link to some photos taken prior to and during the night.

We had a wonderful audience who were attentive throughout. The space is, in my estimation, the best spot in Cork.

Other events taking place in Vertigo included illustrations by Hazel Hurley design, an artist from Clonakilty, who, along with others, created a live illustration on the windows of the top floor of County Hall, celebrating the landmarks which can be seen and the culture of Cork county.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Clare poet living in Cork, gave a warm reading from 9pm. Doireann is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity.  It was my first time meeting Doireann and she is a lovely warm hearted and supportive person.

Sculpture by Oisín Kelly

Venue: Vertigo, Floor 17, Cork County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, Ireland.
Time: 8pm

Date: Friday 22nd September 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Poem in the Irish Examiner 22 Aug 2017

I am delighted to have a poem published in today's Irish Examiner in the Tuesday poem section sponsored by the Farmhouse Café

Thanks to Patrick Cotter, Munster Literature Centre.

Monday, 14 August 2017

In the Cinnamon Corners

I am still enjoying August but am looking forward to the launch in September of 'In the Cinnamon Corners' where I will have two poems published. Fourteen poets were selected for the long list of the Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize, 2016 and each will have poems published in this anthology along with those shortlisted.  The joint winners of the prize will have their own collections published in 2018 by Cinnamon Press.

Thanks to editor Jan Fortune.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ó Bhéal reads at The pSoken Wrod with visiting poets from Coventry

Ó Bhéal: Cork's Weekly Poetry Event followed the Pied Piper Paul Casey to The pSoken Wrod DeBarra's Folk Club#Clonakilty, with visiting poets from #Coventry, Andrea Mbarushimana and Russ Berry. They had read the previous evening at Ó Bhéal.

As part of the tradition of the twinning between Cork and Coventry each year writers from Cork visit Coventry and vice versa. Later this year Stan Notte and Ciaran Joseph Mel MacArtain will make the return journey to Coventry.

2017 Cork-Coventry Twin Cities Poetry exchange, in association with Silhouette Press & Cork Arts

More words on this event at The pSoken Wrod

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Writers from five County Cork Libraries read at West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry 2017

Thanks to Cork County Library & Arts Service, Writer-in-Residence Denyse Woods and Bantry Library for hosting a reading of writers from Bantry, Clonakilty, Cobh, Macroom and Charleville on the final day of the West Cork Literary Festival 2017.  The readers representing the five writing groups were:  Avril Casey, Anne Dineen, Sean Cottrell, Laura O'Mahony, John O'Riordan, Mary Bradford, Bernadette Gallagher, Hilary Beausang, Linda Waller and Kerri FitzGerald.

Thanks to Mary Angland for this group photo.

Denyse Woods, Writer-in-Residence, Cork County Library & Arts Service.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

West Cork Literary Festival 2017

I will be reading along with other writers in Bantry Library from 5pm Friday 21st July at the final event of the West Cork Literary Festival 2017.  This reading is organised by Denyse Woods, writer-in-residence for Cork County Council Library & Arts Services.  Denyse is working with five writers groups in Bantry, Clonakilty, Cobh, Macroom and Charleville Libraries. 

I attend the writers group in Macroom Library where up to 10 writers meet monthly.  Denyse has brought a focus and structure to the group since getting involved earlier this year.  Each writer brings a unique voice with the majority writing prose.  I have challenged myself to write prose and on Friday will read one piece of prose along with a selection of poems.

I look forward to hearing all of the writers representing these groups.  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ó Bhéal - Weekly Poetry Event - Cork, Ireland

In April 2017 the Ó Bhéal poetry event celebrated it's 10th year running every Monday night with the exception of three Mondays mid winter.   It's home is upstairs at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork.   The director of Ó Bhéal is Paul Casey who has been at the helm since its inception.

The evening starts from 8:30 pm with a selection of poetry-films followed from 9:30 pm by the Five Word Challenge.  Five words are offered by the audience members (one maximum per person) and heads down for 15 minutes as poets compose their responses.  Afterwards, the mic is open and those that are ready read their poem.  The winning poem is selected by the emcee based on audience response (clapping etc).  The winner reads their poem again and is awarded with a free drink from the bar and a book or two of poems.

After a short break the guest poet(s) are introduced around 10 pm.  This is a great opportunity to hear voices, known and unknown.  It has certainly broadened my knowledge of living poets.  A listing of all guest poets that have read in the past and a look into the future is available on the Ó Bhéal site. Poetry books by guest poets and Ó Bhéal publications are usually available for sale.

Another poetry film or selection of poetry films are shown during the break after the guest poet has read and before the Open Mic kicks off.  Anyone who wishes to read during The Open Mic adds their name to the list during one of the breaks.

At the Open Mic all poets are welcome and supported, whether it is their first time or have been attending for all of the 10 years.  I came to Ó Bhéal for the first time in Feb 2016 and participate in the Five Word Challenge and Open Mic most nights.  I was so pleased to have had my poem selected as the winning piece for the Five Word Challenge on Monday 19th June 2017.  My tipple was a large tonic water, a copy of Five Words, Volume X, [Poems from the 4th Five Words International Poetry Competition and from 50 Five Word challenges April 2016 to April 2017] published by Ó Bhéal Press and 'A Butterfly's Wing' by Vivienne McKechnie, published by Arlen House.  I have just now read her poem 'Empty Nests' and a swing connects us.  The guest poet on Monday night was Jo Slade and I reach for her book 'The Painter's House', published by Salmon Poetry and open the page at 'The Handyman's Daughter' to find 'a different space', a space of emptiness.

The lovely thing about this event is the randomness of who you might meet.  On this Monday night I met Mo Harte from Dublin who had earlier participated in a 'walking backwards with mirrors' event in Cork.

We are fortunate to have this wonderful event open for free or voluntary donation and for those who cannot make it there are recordings available on the Ó Bhéal website of all of the guest poets and the Open Mics.  In addition TG4 spent an evening at Ó Bhéal in 2016, the video of which is available on the Ó Bhéal YouTube channel.