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.

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.



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.