Calendar

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


10.10.2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival Reading: Nerys Williams

Bailieborough Poetry Festival Reading: Nerys Williams
Reading by Welsh poet Nerys Williams to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas.
Venue: Murtagh’s Lounge
Time: Friday @ 8.00pm
http://www.bailieboroughpoetry.com/poetry-festival/
10.10.2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Poetry Aloud

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Poetry Aloud
Open mic night in local pub
Venue: TBA
Time: Friday @ 10:00 pm
http://www.bailieboroughpoetry.com/poetry-festival/
10.10.2014

John Berryman Centenary Symposium

The symposium will include readings and papers on Berryman’s work by an international group of poets and scholars including Adam Beardsworth, Ron Callan, Anthony Caleshu, Edward Clarke, Eve Cobain, Philip Coleman, Gerald Dawe, Maurice Devitt, Theo Dorgan, Katherine Ebury, Kit Fryatt, Gillian Groszewski, Joseph Hendryx, Michael Hinds, Philip McGowan, Peter Maber, Stephen Matterson, Paula Meehan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Julie O'Callaghan, Karl O'Hanlon, Joanne O’Leary, Ciaran O’Rourke, Leeanne Quinn, David Rigsbee, Jane Robinson, Alex Runchman, Gerard Smyth, Heather Treseler, Radu Vancu, J.T. Welsch, Macdara Wood. 

For further information see: http://berryman2014.tumblr.com/dublin and @Berryman100

Venue: Mater Dei Institute and Trinity College Dublin
Time: 10th & 11th October
10.10.2014

John Berryman Centenary: Poetry Reading

   There will be a reading from John Berryman’s work by  Anthony Caleshu, Philip Coleman, Gerald Dawe, Maurice Devitt, Theo Dorgan, Gillian Groszewski, Joseph Hendryx, Stephen Matterson, Paula Meehan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Julie O’Callaghan, Ciaran O’Rourke, Leeanne Quinn, David Rigsbee, Jane Robinson, Alex Runchman, Gerard Smyth, J.T. Wellsch and Macdara Wood. 

  For further information see: http://berryman2014.tumblr.com/dublin and @Berryman100

Venue: Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
10.10.2014

Well: festival of arts and wellbeing public reading

Well, festival of arts and wellbeing present a reading of favourite feel-good poems and prose, selected by the public. 

Venue: The Book Centre, Waterford
Time: Friday @ 6.30pm
Admission: Free
www.facebook.com/wellfestivalartswellbeing
10.10.2014

"We haven't had an earthquake lately..." A public reading of poetry and prose with a feel-good vibe

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust is organising this literary event as part of the Well Festival, which celebrates the benefits of participation in the arts for individuals and the community. 

Venue: The Book Centre, John Roberts Square, Waterford
Time: Friday @ 6.30pm
Admission: Free
11.10.2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Poetry Workshop

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Poetry Workshop
Poetry workshop facilitated by Nerys Williams.
Venue: Bailieborough Library Arts Space
Time: Saturday @ 10 am
http://www.bailieboroughpoetry.com/poetry-festival/
11.10.2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Competition Prizes and Shortlist Reading

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Competition Prizes and Shortlist Reading
Presentation of Bailieborough Poetry Competition Prizes and reading of short-listed poems.
Venue: Bailieborough Library Arts Space
Time: Saturday @ 2pm
http://www.bailieboroughpoetry.com/poetry-festival/
11.10.2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Skirmish of the Writing Groups

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Skirmish of the Writing Groups
A unique event which will feature a selection of writing groups producing lively original material in a light-hearted, competitive vein. A much sought-after and uniquely designed prize will be on offer to the most entertaining, innovative and interesting team on the day. Teams can comprise of 3 or more members (blood subs not allowed).
Venue: Murtaghs Lounge, Main St.
Time: Saturday @ 5pm
E: dochal@eircom.net
http://www.bailieboroughpoetry.com/skirmish-of-the-writing-groups/
11.10.2014

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Evening of Poetry

Bailieborough Poetry Festival: Evening of Poetry
Evening of poetry starting with local performance poet Patsy McDermott followed by a reading by Prof. Iggy McGovern to close the festival.
Venue: Murtagh’s Lounge
Time: Saturday @ 8 pm
http://www.bailieboroughpoetry.com/poetry-festival/
11.10.2014

An evening of poetry and music

The Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre present an evening of poetry and music with Jane Clarke, Jessamine O Connor, Gerry Boland and Sean Hanily.

Venue: The Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre, Roscommon
Time: Saturday @ 8pm
Admission: €5/€2 conc
T: 087 7823751
E: dogara@roscommoncoco.ie
12.10.2014

The Limerick Writers' Centre present Dan Thomas Moran and Tom McCarthy

The Limerick Writers' Centre in association with Quay Books present a poetry reading with US poet Dan Thomas Moran and Limerick poet Tom McCarthy. 

Venue: Authurs Quay Shopping Centre, Limerick
Time: Sunday @ 3pm
www.limerickwriterscentre.com
12.10.2014

Remembering Patrick Kavanagh 2014

Remembering Patrick Kavanagh 2014

Monaghan Association - Dublin, presents Remembering Patrick Kavanagh, a celebration of Patrick Kavanagh's life and times on his 110th birthday. 

Venue: Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Time: Tuesday @ 8pm
Admission: €8
14.10.2014

New Dublin Press: Performing Poetry Project

The James Joyce Centre hosts the latest edition of New Dublin Press' Performing Poetry Project featuring readings from poets Gavin Selerie and Nerys Williams, as well as an introduction by Professor Philip Coleman of Trinity College Dublin. 

Venue: The James Joyce Centre, North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1
Time: Tuesday @ 6.30pm
Admission: €5
www.jamesjoyce.ie
14.10.2014

Launch of "Il Filo della Vita"

Launch of "Il Filo della Vita"

On the occasion of the Centenary of the birth of the Italian poet Mario Luzi, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are pleased to launch "Il Filo della Vita", edited by Alessandro Gentili. The book is a collection of 13 of Luzi's poems translated by 13 Irish poets.Presented in collaboration with Poetry Ireland, Fondazione Mario Luzi and Societa Dante Alighieri Cork. All are welcome to attend and Italian wine will be offered. 

Venue: Irish Georgian Society, South William Street, Dublin 2
Time: Tuesday @ 6.30pm
Admission: Free
www.iicdublino.esteri.it
15.10.2014

Poetry Workshop with Ruth Carr

The John Hewitt Society & Banbridge District Council's Autumn Arts presents a poetry workshop with the widely experienced poetry and writing facilitator Ruth Carr. 

Venue: Banbridge Old Town Hall, Banbridge
Time: Wednesday @ 2.30pm
Admission: £5
T: 028 406 23972
15.10.2014

Lecture on Mario Luzi with Alessandro Gentili

Lecture on Mario Luzi with Alessandro Gentili

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura present a lecture on the Italian poet Mario Luzi with Alessandro Gentili, editor of "Il Filo della Vita", a collection of poems by Mario Luzi, newly selected and translated by 13 Irish poets. 

Venue: Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2
Time: Wednesday @ 12:45pm
Admission: Free
www.iicdublino.esteri.it
15.10.2014

Cuisle: Limerick City International Poetry Festival

Cuisle: Limerick City International Poetry Festival
This year's Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival includes some of Ireland's best loved and most celebrated poets with guests from sister festivals across Europe. Featured poets include Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Macdara Woods, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Paddy Bushe. A special series of 'Poetry in Public Places' events will celebrate Limerick City of Culture 2014. 

 

Venue: Limerick
Time: 15 - 19 October 2014
www.cuisle.org
16.10.2014

Red Line Book Festival: Trevor Byrne & Colm Keegan in Conversation

Red Line Book Festival: Trevor Byrne & Colm Keegan in Conversation

Poetry Ireland and South Dublin Libraries present Trevor Byrne and Colm Keegan in conversation. 

Dublin is a city of sounds, of voices, of stories. Author Trevor Byrne and poet Colm Keegan have always drawn inspiration from their home city: their uniquely vibrant imaginative work ranges across Dublin, dealing with class, economics, accents, geography, belief, drugs, family, and legends both ancient and urban. Byrne and Keegan will read from their work and discuss their distinctive approaches to writing and storytelling.

Venue: Rua Red, Tallaght
Time: Thursday @ 8pm
Admission: €8/€6 conc
www.redlinebookfestival.com
16.10.2014

Mystic Dream of 4, with Iggy McGovern

Mystic Dream of 4, with Iggy McGovern

For the Belfast launch of his latest collection, Iggy McGovern will read from his work, 'A Mystic Dream of 4' (Quaternia Press), a sonnet sequence based on the life of the nineteenth century Irish mathematician and poet, William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865). 

Venue: The Linen Hall Library, Belfast
Time: Thursday @ 6pm
Admission: Free
www.linenhall.com
17.10.2014

LINGO Festival: John Cummings, Brownbread Mixtape & more

LINGO Festival: John Cummings, Brownbread Mixtape & more

LINGO Festival Opening Night with a quickfire showcase of exceptional poets, sketch comedy and poetry from Brownbread Mixtape - one of Ireland's best known Craicfests, followed by a perfect blend of political poetry and topped off with two of Ireland's best performance poets sharing the stage; Angel of the Flats Karl Parkinson, and current All Ireland Slam Champion John Cummins who will be backed by specially commissioned band 'The Lingoings'!

Venue: The Workmans Club, Dublin
Time: Friday @ 7pm
Admission: €10
www.lingofestival.com
17.10.2014

Launch of "DisUNITY", a new novel by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Launch of "DisUNITY", a new novel by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Glagoslav Publications presents the launch of "DisUNITY", a new novel by Anatoly Kudryavitsky. Patrick Chapman will give the launch introduction and the author will read extracts from the book. 

Venue: Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dublin 2
Time: Friday @ 6.30pm
Admission: Free
E: enquiries@hodgesfiggis.ie
www.glagoslav.com
17.10.2014

Shorelit Publications present the launch of "In Applause" by Deirdre Devine

Shorelit Publications present the launch of "In Applause" by Deirdre Devine

Shorelit Publications present the launch of "In Applause" the debut collection of poetry by Deirdre Devine. 

Venue: Roe Valley Arts & Culture Centre, Limavady
Time: Friday @ 6.30pm
Admission: Free
E: rory@evermore-group.com
17.10.2014

Irish, Spanish and Latin American Literary Festival

The third ISLA Literary Festival welcomes writers and other personalities with strong connections to the literary world from the Irish, Spanish and Latin American traditions. This year's festival includes a talk with John Banville on "Portraying Through Writing" and discussions around the value of short stories with Claire Keegan, Basque author Harkaitz Cano and Irish poet Mary O'Malley.   

 

Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Time: Friday @ 4pm
http://www.dublin.cervantes.es
18.10.2014

A Poetry Masterclass with Alice McCullough

Banbridge District Council's Autumn Arts presents a one-hour poetry writing masterclass with winner of the Belfast Book Festival Poetry Slam, Alice McCullough. 

Venue: Banbridge Library, Banbridge
Time: Saturday @ 11am
Admission: Free
T: 028 40623973
E: banbridge.library@librariesni.org.uk
18.10.2014

LINGO Festival: Polarbear and Abby Oliveira

LINGO Festival: Polarbear and Abby Oliveira

‘Hip-Hop roots combined with the day-to-day sentiment of a man trying to figure things out’. Polarbear is one of the England's best known performance poets and a favourite on the Irish scene. Performances at Glastonbury, OneTaste, Electric Picnic and Jazz Café, as well as a UK tour in 2006, have built up his reputation as a storyteller for the twenty-first century.

Joining Polarbear will be the life-affirming and energetic Abby Oliveira. A performance poet based in Derry, Abby was Belfast Poetry Slam champ in 2006, finalist in the BBC4 Slam 2009, finalist in the Glastonbury Festival Poetry Slam 2009, the Ulster Slam champ in 2010, finalist in All-Ireland Slam 2010, host of the ‘Poetry and Words’ venue at the Glastonbury Festival 2010, and host of the 2011 All-Ireland Poetry Slam final.

Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Time: Saturday @ 9pm
Admission: €10
www.lingofestival.com
19.10.2014

LINGO Festival: Paula Meehan, Weekly General Meeting & PETTYCASH

LINGO Festival: Paula Meehan, Weekly General Meeting & PETTYCASH

Hear the crashbangwhallop of arty agitators, stories behind the songs of acclaimed songwriters, as well as the poetic prowess of Ireland chair of poetry Paula Meehan - with much more besides.

Venue: The Workmans Club, Dublin
Time: Sunday @ 3.30pm
Admission: €10
www.lingofestival.com
19.10.2014

Tim Cunningham: Launch of Almost Memories

Tim Cunningham has four previous collections published: Don Marcelino's Daughter (Peterloo Poets, 2001), Unequal Thirds (Peterloo Poets, 2006), Kyrie (revival press, 2008) and Siege (Revival Press, 2012). Last year he was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. Almost Memories is his fifth collection of poerty. The book will be launched by poet and Aosdána member Macdara Woods.

Venue: The Hunt Museum, Rutland St, Limerick
Time: 3pm
Admission: Free
T: (061) 312 833
E: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com
21.10.2014

"Earth to Alice" with Alice McCullough

Banbridge District Council's Autumn Arts presents an evening with one of Northern Ireland's most captivating new talents as she shares her unique take on stand-up poetry, playing with the boundaries between spoken word, stand-up, storytelling and theatre. 

Venue: Banbridge Library, Banbridge
Time: Tuesday @ 7pm
Admission: Free
T: 028 40623973
E: banbridge.library@librariesni.org.uk
21.10.2014

Remembering Patrick Kavanagh - 2014

Remembering Patrick Kavanagh - 2014

Monaghan Association, Dublin, presents a celebration of Patrick Kavanagh's life & times on his 110th birthday. The evening includes a talk on the remarkable relationship between Kavanagh and Archbishop JC McQuaid by Peter McDonnell, a chance to listen to a BBC recording of what was probably the poet's last radio interview, and a performance of Mouth on Fire Theatre Company's one man show "Patrick Kavanagh: A Life", performed by PJ Brady and directed by Cathal Quinn.    

Venue: Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Time: Tuesday @ 8pm
Admission: €8
22.10.2014

Louis de Paor & Ronan Browne at The Dock

Louis de Paor & Ronan Browne at The Dock

Irish language poet Louis de Paor and uilleann piper Ronan Browne collaborate in a performance that includes material from Louis's latest bilingual book "The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale's Tongue". 

Venue: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim
Time: Wednesday @ 8.30pm
Admission: €10
T: 071 965 0828
www.thedock.ie
23.10.2014

Rememberance: an evening to remember people in Ireland affected by WW1 with Paula Meehan

Rememberance: an evening to remember people in Ireland affected by WW1 with Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan reads poetry by Winifred Letts, plus a contribution from Tom Burke of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, poetry readings by students of Mount Carmel School for Girls in Kings Inn Street, trumpeter Dominic Nolan, The Ukuhooligans Ukulele Band and the Ringsend Singers.   

Venue: Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse St, Dublin 2
Time: Thursday @ 5.30pm
Admission: Free
T: 01 6744888
E: pearsestreetlibrary@dublincity.ie
23.10.2014

Scotus Press launch: Celia de Fréine

Scotus Press launch: Celia de Fréine

Scotus Press present the launch of two new poetry collections by Celia de Fréine: "Blood Debts" and "A lesson in Can't", with guest speakers Luz Mar Gonzales-Arias and Lia Mills. 

Venue: The Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Time: Thursday @ 7.00pm
Admission: Free
www.scotuspress.com
24.10.2014

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Irish language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will join local school children who have been exploring the Irish language as part of their participation in Poetry Ireland's Writers in Schools workshops. This event, presented in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre, will also see Nuala reading some of her best-loved poems in Irish, with English translations read by Stephen Connolly, Manuela Moser, Nathaniel McAuley and Emma Must, students from the Heaney Centre.

Venue: Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, Belfast
Time: Friday @ 6pm
Admission: £5 / £3 conc
www.belfastfestival.com/WhatsOn/EventInfo/PoetryIreland-NualaNiDhomhnaill.html
25.10.2014

SiarScéal Festival 2014

SiarScéal Festival 2014
County Roscommon presents SiarScéal Festival, now in its eigth year, celebrating the county's culture and heritage. The full programme of events, which is available on the website, includes morning and evening activities appealing to a wide range of interests, literary and cultural tastes.
Venue: Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town
Time: Saturday @ 10 am
E: siarsceal@live.ie
siarsceal.com
25.10.2014

The Source Arts Centre: Enda Wyley Workshop

The Source Arts Centre: Enda Wyley Workshop

The Source Arts Centre presents Poetry in the Making, a poetry workshop with Enda Wyley, suitable for emerging poets.  

Venue: The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Time: Saturday @ 3pm
Admission: €20
www.sourcearts.ie
29.10.2014

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's: The John Hewitt Birthday Poetry Reading with Pat Boran, Theo Dorgan and Anne-Marie Fyfe

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's: The John Hewitt Birthday Poetry Reading with Pat Boran, Theo Dorgan and Anne-Marie Fyfe

Poetry Ireland and The John Hewitt Society present readings with Pat Boran, Theo Dorgan and Anne-Marie Fyfe to mark the birth date of the celebrated Belfast-born poet John Hewitt.  

Venue: The John Hewitt Bar, Donegall Street, Belfast
Time: Wednesday @ 8pm
Admission: £8/£7 conc
www.belfastfestival.com
29.10.2014

Anatomy and the Arts

Clive Lee, Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, will give a talk exploring the relationship between art and anatomy from the renaissance to the present day.

Venue: University Hospital, Dunmore Road, Waterford
Time: Wednesday, 7 pm in the Elva Theatre
Admission: Free to members of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. Non members €10
T: 051 842264
E: what@hse.ie
www.waterfordhealingarts.com

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