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Information on Poetry Ireland supported readings, launches and events around Ireland, as well as other writing events around the country.

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Readings & Events


02.03.2015

Ó bhéal: Aifric MacAodha

Ó bhéal: Aifric MacAodha
Ó bhéal in association with Foras na Gaeilge presents a bi-lingual evening with guest reader Aifric MacAodha followed by an open-mic session. The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10pm. Full bar available.
Venue: The Long Valley Bar, 10 Winthrop Street, Cork City Centre
Time: Monday @ 9.30pm
Admission: Free
www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=19
03.03.2015

Launch of Mark Granier's latest collection Haunt

Launch of Mark Granier's latest collection Haunt

Mark Granier will launch his fourth collection, Haunt, in The Irish Writers Centre on Tuesday 3 March at 6.30pm.

The book is published by Salmon Poetry and there will be an introduction by Liam Ó Muirthile.

Wine will be served.

All welcome!

Venue: The Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin
Time: Tuesday @ 6:30pm
irishwriterscentre.ie/
03.03.2015

"On The Nail" Literary Gathering

"On The Nail" Literary Gathering

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering

Tuesday 3rd Mar. 2015.

Starts 8.00PM sharp

This month guest readers are Keith Armstrong and Robert Lonsdale and the Nenagh Writers Group.

Also, everyone is welcome to take part in the open-mic after the main event.

Venue: The Loft Venue @ The Lock Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick
Time: Tuesday @ 8:00 pm
Admission: Free
www.limerickwriterscentre.com/
03.03.2015

Cross-Stream: Ways of Writing - Pat Boran & Karl Parkinson

Cross-stream: ways of writing presents a series of talks from a diverse group of contemporary poets discussing the compositional process behind one of their poems.

Tuesday 3rd of March Blanchardstown Library will be hosting Pat Boran and Karl Parkinson 

Venue: Blanchardstown Library
Time: 6:30pm
Admission: Free
yesbutisitpoetry.blogspot.com/2015/02/cross-stream-ways-of-writing.html
04.03.2015

Poems Upstairs: Michael Hofmann

Poems Upstairs: Michael Hofmann

The launch night of Poems Upstairs features Michael Hofmann, who will read from his work and take part in an interview with poet Peter Sirr. German-born Hofmann moved to England at the age of four, and once said that he writes “to bring confusion to my languages and clarity to myself”. 

His work includes poetry, essays and translations of more than 70 books and is known for its unmistakable dark humour. 

Poems Upstairs is Poetry Ireland’s new monthly poetry club offering Dublin’s poetry and culture fans a convivial place to enjoy great poetry. The series takes place in the new Books Upstairs premises on D’Olier Street and includes readings by established poets, well-known special guest readers, the very best of new Irish poetry and an entertaining live music mix. 

“[Hofmann is] one of the few outstanding talents to have emerged in the past 50 years of British poetry” Independent (UK)

Venue: Books Upstairs, 17 D Olier Street, Dublin 2
Time: Wednesday @ 7pm
Admission: €6, includes a glass of wine
www.eventbrite.ie/e/poems-upstairs-michael-hofmann-tickets-15724161390
05.03.2015

A Rehearsed Reading of The Birthday Cake by Niamh Gleeson

Niamh Gleeson will perform a rehearsed reading of her new play The Birthday Cake  Admissions are free but donations would be appreciated. For more information visit: http://irishwriterscentre.ie/

Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free or donate €5
irishwriterscentre.ie/
06.03.2015

Ennis Book Club Festival

The 2015 Ennis Book Club Festival Programme offers the perfect mix of poetry, politics and fiction. Once again book clubs from all over are invited to get together in Ennis to share their joy of reading, to meet authors, to discuss books and to have a weekend break with friends.  Even if you’re not in a book club, try out the Festival, we believe that we have something for everyone.


Festival runs March 6th - 8th 2015. Read about their stellar line-up of events at ennisbookclubfestival.com

Venue: Ennis, Co Clare
Admission: Tickets go on sale Jan. 26th. www.glor.ie
ennisbookclubfestival.com
07.03.2015

The Limerick Writers' Centre present Getting Published

The Limerick Writers' Centre present Getting Published

This intensive one-day course facilitated by "Sunday Times" bestselling author John Stack offers a practical guide to getting published. 

Venue: Limerick Writers Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick
Time: Sat @ 10am-5pm
Admission: €60 (€55 conc)
T: 087 2996409
E: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com
www.limerickwriterscentre.com
07.03.2015

The Albiez Trio with Theo Dorgan

The Albiez Trio with Theo Dorgan

Poetry Ireland and the Mermaid Arts Centre present an evening of music, words and poetry with The Albiez Trio and Theo Dorgan. 

The Albiez Trio's unique style of Irish trad music has many influences from many regions. Cormac Breatnach is a whistle player highly influenced by jazz and blues, and his playing can be heard on more than 50 albums with various artists, including Sonny Condell and Andy Irvine. Laoise Kelly is regarded as the most significant harper of her generation and has recorded with many of Ireland's foremost artists including The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Dónal Lunny. Fiddle player Tola Custy is one of the busiest artists, composers, and recording musicians on the Irish music scene.

The Trio will be joined on the evening by Theo Dorgan, poet, prose writer, editor and translator. Theo has also written scripts for film documentaries and worked as a presenter of literature programmes on radio and television for over 25 years. 

Supported by Poetry Ireland and Wicklow County Council Arts Office.


Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Time: Saturday @ 8pm
Admission: €16/€14
www.mermaidartscentre.ie/events/details/the-albiez-trio
09.03.2015

Ó bhéal: Alan McMonagle

Ó bhéal: Alan McMonagle

Ó bhéal presents a reading with Alan McMonagle followed by an open-mic session. The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10pm. Full bar available.

Venue: The Long Valley Bar, 10 Winthrop Street, Cork City Centre
Time: Monday @ 9.30pm
Admission: Free
www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=19
10.03.2015

Cross-Stream: Ways of Writing - Máighréad Meabh & Alan Jude Moore

Cross-stream: ways of writing presents a series of talks from a diverse group of contemporary poets discussing the compositional process behind one of their poems.

Tuesday 10th of March Malahide Library will be hosting Máighréad Meabh and Alan Jude Moore.  

Venue: Malahide Library
Time: 6:30pm
Admission: Free
yesbutisitpoetry.blogspot.com/2015/02/cross-stream-ways-of-writing.html
10.03.2015

Milk & Cookie Stories

Stay tuned on the irishwriterscentre.ie for information on this months theme and tell your story. 

This is a first come, first entry event. Everyone is welcome but there is a venue capacity so turn up from 6pm to avoid disappointment!

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Time: 6:00pm
Admission: Free
irishwriterscentre.ie/
11.03.2015

44 Seville Place: A Show By Peter Sheridan

44 Seville Place is a new show written and performed by Peter Sheridan and will be presented as part of the Five Lamps Festival.

Directed by Maggie Byrne
Produced by Donal Shiels 

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: €10
12.03.2015

JHS Island Arts Centre Reading

JHS Island Arts Centre Reading

The John Hewitt Society, in association with Lisburn City Council, presents a Poetry Reading with one of Ireland's foremost poets, Michael Longley, whose latest collection, The Stairwell, was shortlisted for the 2015 TS Eliot Poetry Prize.

www.johnhewittssociety.org

www.islandartscentre.com 

Venue: Island Arts Centre [Studio Threatre], Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: £6
T: Booking 028 [048 from Rol] 9250 9509
www.johnhewittssociety.org
16.03.2015

Ó bhéal: Richard Halperin

Ó bhéal: Richard Halperin

Ó bhéal presents a reading with Richard Halperin followed by an open-mic session. The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10pm. Full bar available.

Venue: The Long Valley Bar, 10 Winthrop Street, Cork City Centre
Time: Monday @ 9.30pm
Admission: Free
www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=19
18.03.2015

Book Launch: The Arid Forty & The Sun Shines Sometimes by Salwa Elhamamsy

Egyptian writer Salwa Elhamamsy launches two books, a short story collection The Arid Forty and the travel book The Sun Shines Sometimes.

All are welcome. 

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Time: 6.30pm
Admission: Free
18.03.2015

Double Shot: Cal Doyle and Eleanor Hooker

DOUBLE SHOT is a series of poetry readings at the new Books Upstairs premises on D'Olier Street which will provide a platform for one emerging and one established poet to share their work.

Venue: Books Upstairs, 17 D Olier Street, Dublin 2
Time: Wednesday @ 7pm
Admission: €5
www.eventbrite.com/e/double-shot-books-upstairs-tickets-15630557418
20.03.2015

Poetry Ireland & Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival present Miriam Gamble, Maureen N. McLane & Tom Pickard, introduced by Declan Long

Poetry Ireland & Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival present Miriam Gamble, Maureen N. McLane & Tom Pickard, introduced by Declan Long

Miriam Gamble is from Belfast and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first collection, The Squirrels Are Dead (2010) won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011; her second, Pirate Music, also from Bloodaxe, appeared in 2014.

New Yorker Maureen N. McLane is the author of three books of poetry all from Farrar, Straus & Giroux: Same Life (2008), World Enough (2010), and This Blue (2014), which was a Finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry.

Tom Pickard was born Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1946. He left school at fourteen and a few years later ‘served an apprenticeship’ with Basil Bunting. His Ballad of Jamie Allan was a Finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards (US). The Sunday Times reviewing hoyoot, Collected Poems and Songs (Carcanet) described him as ‘one of our finest lyric poets’.

Declan Long is a lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design. He served as a member of the judging panel for the 2013 Turner Prize and writes extensively on art and culture.

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
Time: Friday @ 8.30pm
Admission: €10/€8 concession
www.mountainstosea.ie/2015-Poetry/miriam-gamble-maureen-n-mclane-a-tom-pickard.html
23.03.2015

Ó bhéal: Bernadette Cremin

Ó bhéal: Bernadette Cremin

Ó bhéal presents a reading with Bernadette Cremin followed by an open-mic session. The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10pm. Full bar available.

Venue: The Long Valley Bar, 10 Winthrop Street, Cork City Centre
Time: Monday @ 9.30pm
Admission: Free
www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=19
27.03.2015

Doolin Writers' Weekend Festival Programme

The Doolin Writers' Weekend in Doolin, County Clare, takes place from March 27 to 29th.  

Organized by Hotel Doolin, the third annual festival features workshops and readings by some of Ireland's leading writers, including Booker Prize nominee Donal Ryan, playwright, screenwriter and director Peter Sheridan, poet Dave Lordan, and award-winning novelist and short-story writer, Christine Dwyer Hickey.

Other contributors include singer John Spillane, Hennessy Award winning writer Madeleine D'Arcy, author Catherine Dunne, and novelist Marion Reynolds.

The Weekend also features the third annual Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition, which Hotel Doolin is hosting in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry, has announced details of the competition which for the first time includes a poetry contest having previously focused solely on short stories.

For further information on the Festival Programme events and on the Competitions, visit www.doolinwritersweekend.com

Venue: Doolin, Co. Clare
T: 065-7074111
E: info@hoteldoolin.ie
www.doolinwritersweekend.com
30.03.2015

Ó bhéal: Noel Duffy

Ó bhéal: Noel Duffy

Ó bhéal presents a reading with Noel Duffy followed by an open-mic session. The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting at around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin after 10pm. Full bar available.

Venue: The Long Valley Bar, 10 Winthrop Street, Cork City Centre
Time: Monday @ 9.30pm
Admission: Free
www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=19
31.03.2015

Poetry Lecture Series at TCD

Poetry Lecture Series at TCD


Course Directors: Nicholas Grene, Stephen Matterson


Apply to: The Secretary (Evening Lectures), Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, Trinity College, Dublin 2.Phone: 01-8962885
Email: oscar@tcd.ie

The cost for the full series will be €50 or €6 for individual lectures. Concession rate for the full series will be €35 or €5 for individual lectures.

Lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings of Hilary term at 7 p.m., from 20th January 2015, in the Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Jan 20 (Nicholas Grene and Stephen Matterson) Paula Meehan: W.B. Yeats, 'The Cat and the Moon'

Jan 27 David O'Shaughnessy: Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'The Mask of Anarchy' Daryl Jones: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'Kubla Khan'

Feb 3 Amanda Piesse: Thomas Wyatt, #They flee from me that sometime did me seek' Nicholas Grene: John Donne, 'Air and Angels'

Feb 10 Chris Morash: Elizabeth Bishop, 'At the Fishhouses' Brian Cliff: Paul Muldoon, TBA

Feb 17 Brendan O'Connell: Geoffrey Chaucer 'If no love is, O God, what fele I so?' Helen Conrad-O'Briain: anon, 'The Ruin'

Feb 24 Alice Jorgensen: Anon, 'The Wanderer' Gillian Groszewski: Ted Hughes, 'A Motorbike'

Mar 3 Matterson: Robert Frost, 'Directive' Gerald Dawe, William Carlos Williams, 'Asphodel, that Greeny Flower'

Mar 10 Tom Walker: Richard Murphy, 'Sailing to an Island' Aileen Douglas: Eavan Boland, 'Re-reading Oliver Goldsmith's Deserted Village in a Changed Island'

Mar 17 --

Mar 24 Stephen Matterson: Emily Dickinson, 'There's a certain slant of light' Nicholas Grene: W.B. Yeats, 'The Song of Wandering Aengus'

Mar 31 Philip Coleman: Dennis O'Driscoll, 'Dear Life' Julie O'Callaghan, TBA 

Venue: Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Time: 7pm Tuesdays

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