Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Irish Poetry Reading Archive - UCD Library

My sincere thanks to Ursula Byrne and the team at UCD Special Collections UCD Library University College Dublin for including a selection of my poems as part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive.

Eight of my readings have just been added to their YouTube channel. See https://www.youtube.com/user/ucdlibspecialcoll, and guide at https://libguides.ucd.ie/ipra.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Cill Rialaig and Listowel Writers Week

I have been given a precious opportunity to spend time alone to write.  My sincere thanks to Máire LogueListowel Writers' Week and Cill Rialaig Arts Centre for providing me with a residency at Cill Rialaig Artists' Retreat in a few weeks time.

Drawing by John Philip Murray from the exhibition 'Demiurge - Drawing Words'  - A response to the poem 'Demiurge' by Mícheál Fanning.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Psoken Wrod

Thanks to Moze M. Jacobs and Nick for inviting me to read at The pSoken Wrod on 5th Dec 2017.

My first visit to the Psoken Wrod was to hear the Coventry based poets - a reading organised by Paul Casey Ó Bhéal: Cork's Weekly Poetry Event earlier in 2017.

The event on 5th Dec consisted of the launch of a poetry book and a reading by John Riordan accompanied by musicians Sebastian Revon and Moze M. Jacobs.  This was followed by a tribute to Nick Smith for hosting the event since the start five years previously.  Next up was my reading and the night ended with a lively Open Mic.

Extract from Nick Smith's blog on the event: "Moze welcomed the guest speaker, Bernadette Gallagher whose poetry, some richly encompassed in very few lines, similarly laid bare the beauty and suffering of nature in all its environs. Bernadette was quizzed by Moze in her Stand Up Interview." A link to the full blog follows below:

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Live Encounters - published by Mark Ulyseas

Thanks to Mark Ulyseas for liking my work sufficiently to publish it in Live Encounters.

The December 2017 edition can be downloaded for free from Live Encounters.

Live Encounters Poetry & Writing December 2017

Video Live Encounters Poetry & Writing December 2017. Music/soundtrack Mozart - Laudate Dominum Music by Advent Chamber Orchestra is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

Posted by Live Encounters Poetry on Monday, 20 November 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017

T.S.Eliot and the Russian connection

On a recent visit to London I took a stroll off Kensington High Street.  It was a mild and dry Autumn evening.  As I walked I noticed a plaque on a wall.  Like all readers and writers our sub-conscious is always on the look out for something to read.  I walked nearer to get a proper view and read that the house I was standing in front of was where T.S.Eliot lived and died.  I had recently read an extract by T.S.Eliot referenced by brainpickings.org from the 1932-33 Norton Lectures titled 'The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism'.  The piece which drew my attention was related to 'how some forms of physical illness (if other circumstances are favourable) produce an efflux of poetry in a way approaching the condition of automatic writing......the material has obviously been incubating within the poet,....gives me the impression,.... .some obstruction is momentarily whisked away'.

I have had a personal experience with an illness and a pouring forth of poetry and have explained it 'as if a curtain had been parted'.

As I was taking a photo of the plaque a woman stopped to talk.  She lives further along this road and said I was the first person she noticed in five years that had stopped to look. We had a wonderful chat.  It turned out she is Russian and writes poetry and told me of Joseph Brodsky having written a poem 'Verses on the Death of T.S. Eliot', on hearing of the death of T.S.Eliot and how he had written it based on the form of a poem that W.H.Auden had written after the death of W.B.Yeats.  Some more information is available through JSTOR from a Journal, The Russian Review,  published by Wiley in 1968.

Earlier that evening I had a run in Hyde Park and afterwards imagined T.S.Eliot walking along the same pathways on another Autumn evening.

On my return to Cork a few days later I was browsing in The Village Hall and found and bought a copy of 'Russian Short Stories' by Everyman's Library.

The first story is by Pushkin and I have included a reference to this story in a poem I am currently writing.

(c) Bernadette Gallagher

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.