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The 2017 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

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View the 2017 Programme

Readings & Events
14-18 February 2017

Download the PDF of the full programme here

For more information on each of the authors, please visit the sidebar to the right of this page

*All pre-booked tickets will be available to collect at the Cork Arts Theatre from the afternoon of Tuesday 14 February*

Please note that tickets are no longer available to pre-book online but can be bought on the door at at the Cork Arts Theatre's ticket office

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Tuesday


Anthology Editors Speak
14 February @ 3pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE


Love, Lust, Loss, and Jealousy: An Evening of Poetry and
Song
14 February @ 6.30pm
Admission: FREE (but ticketed)

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Wednesday


Readings by Daragh Breen & Máighréad Medbh


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15 February @2.30pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 

 



The
Enchanting Verses Presentation
15 February @4pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE




Readings by Katie Donovan & Bernard O'Donoghue

a15 February @7pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 




Readings by Steven Heighton & Brian Turner

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15 February @8.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6


 




Readings by Thomas McCarthy & Theo Dorgan

1

15 February @10pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

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Thursday



Readings by Sonnet Mondal & Kerrie O'Brien

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16 February @2.30pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 

 

 





Readings by Eleanor Hooker & Eileen Sheehan

1
16 February @4pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 

 

 




The Well Review
Launch

116 February @5pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE





Readings by Nikola Madzirov & Paddy Bushe

1

16 February @7pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 




Reading by Maram al-Masri

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16 February @8.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 




Readings by Håkan Sandell & Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill

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16 February @10pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 

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Friday


Fool for Poetry chapbook launches
with John Mee & Maya Catherine Popa

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17 February @2.30pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 

 




Reading by Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize Winne
r Mark Wagenaar

a17 February @4pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

Reading by Lo Kwa Mei-en

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17 February @4.30pm
Cork City Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 

 



Readings by Ulrikka S. Gernes & Karen Solie

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17 February @7pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 

 




Readings by Carolyn Forché & Yusef Komunyakaa

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17 February @8.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 

 



Readings by Mark Doty, Michael Symmons Roberts,
& Jo Shapcott

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17 February @10pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 

 

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Saturday


New Poets from the North of Ireland

18 February @2.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 


Readings by Martina Evans & Hannah Lowe

martina and hannah18 February @4pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6


 

 

 

Readings by Natalie Diaz & Brenda Shaughnessy

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18 February @7pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 

 





Readings by Matthew Dickman & Conor O'Callaghan

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18 February @8.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 



John Montague
1929-2016

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18 February @10pm
Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6

 

 

 

2017 Workshops

Matthew Dickman | Brenda Shaughnessy
Thomas McCarthy | Brian Turner | Natalie Diaz | Martina Evans

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All workshops run for four days (Wednesday 15 February–Saturday 18 February, 9.30am–12.30pm). If interested in making a booking please contact Patrick Cotter at director(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

*Please note that our Four Masters, Four Poems workshop is sold out*

 

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aWorkshop 1 with Matthew Dickman
Love and Pain: How do we make sense of the wreckage?
(limited to 15 participants, cost €180)

 

 

Deeply felt grief and adult erotic love can seem very far apart. But they have something important in common: they both destroy language. So how does poetry make sense of the rubble? In this workshop we will be generating work in and out of class exploring this subject. We will be creating as we are revising, and looking at modern masters who have created language out of experiences that seem to defy language itself. We will all be leaving with four new poems and a deeper understanding of The Self in compassionate living.

Matthew Dickman is poetry editor with the prestigious American journal Tin House

Read about Matthew at the Poetry Foundation website

Interview with Matthew in The Guardian

 

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aWorkshop 2 with Brenda Shaughnessy
Form (fear, flaw, flight, fight) and Function
(limited to 15 participants, cost €180)

 

 

 

A combination generative and workshop-based course.

In this workshop we will explore how to best turn our deepest lived truths into the strongest and most resilient possible art.  This work is about re-learning how to see, how to listen to ourselves.  It’s about psychologies, trauma, metaphor, formal techniques, imaginative leaps, complex and contradictory feelings, histories personal/political, and about voice: how to find the poetic forms—which are ways—to speak what must be said. How to find the ways to say it powerfully, with as much beauty as we can find.  We will start each session by reading provided poems that illuminate the day's topic, then endeavor to workshop everyone's poems daily. There will be generative exercises, discussion on how aesthetic choices are interconstitutive of and with formal choices, and generous, kind, rigorous support for each poet's contribution and work.

Preliminary task: Bring a short new poem to introduce your work to the class. Introductory poems will be gently discussed and will orient the class to your style, voice, and form.

Day I:  Introduction. Brief workshop and discussion. Topic: Why the Sonnet Works

Day 2: The Functions of Time and the Uses of Memory

Day 3: Sensory Information as Telepathy and Time Travel

Day 4: Histories: How Poetry From Lived Experience Can Change the World

Read about Brenda at the Poetry Foundation website

'I have a Time Machine' by Brenda Shaughnessy in The New Yorker

 

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aWorkshop 3: Four Masters, Four Poems
with Thomas McCarthy, Brian Turner, Natalie Diaz & Martina Evans
(limited to 8 participants, cost €250)
*sold out*

 

 

The high cost of this workshop is down to the fact that it will be a very small class where each participant will have the opportunity to have a different poem scrutinised closely by a different master and the class each of the four days. Participants must submit four poems in advance – each poem nominated for a particular master who will assess the poems before the festival and devote 20 minutes to each of eight poems per day.

Wednesday’s Master Thomas McCarthy
Thursday’s Master Brian Turner
Friday’s Master Natalie Diaz
Saturday’s Master Martina Evans

 

 

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The 2016 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Poetry

View the 2016 Programme

Wednesday, 10 February

 

Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner poem series reading
4PM. Venue: Farmgate Café, English Market
Admission FREE with purchase of beverage

A reading by selected poets published in the Irish Examiner.

The Munster Literature Centre has been working in conjunction with the Irish Examiner to publish weekly poems by contemporary writers, with generous financial support by the Farmgate Café. This reading will showcase work by recent contributors.

 

Penny DreadfulPenny Dreadful magazine showcase
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: FREE

 

 

A reading by selected poets published in the Penny Dreadful: Sarah Clancy, Elaine Cosgrove, Cal Doyle, Richard Hawtree and Róisín Kelly.

The Penny Dreadful magazine was founded by two Cork writers, John Keating and Marc O'Connell. Recently, writer Cethan Leahy was brought in as an assistant editor. Its readership has grown quickly, and recent projects also include a Halloween-themed writing competition, and publication of Strange Country by Kimberly Campanello. This event will include readings by recent contributors and a discussion with the magazine's founders.  http://thepennydreadful.org/

Reading: Paul Casey & Doireann Ní Ghríofa
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

Paul Casey’s second collection Virtual Tides appears from Salmon Poetry in February 2016. His début collection is home more or less (Salmon, 2012). A chapbook of longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, appeared from The Heaventree Press in 2009. He has published poems in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China, Romania, South Africa, online and elsewhere. Aside from writing poetry he is a multimedia artist, teacher, events director, editor, occasional filmmaker and poet in residence each May for a group of elderly homes in county Cork. He also edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry, verse written by secondary school students in Cork city and runs multimedia and creative writing courses for adults at the Cork College of Commerce. He is the founder/director of the non for profit poetry organisation, Ó Bhéal.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose poems have appeared in Poetry, The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Examiner and elsewhere. Among her awards are the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary 2014-2015 and a Wigtown Award for Gaelic poetry (Scotland). Her publications include the Irish language collections Résheoid ​​and Dúlasair (both published by Coiscéim), the pamphlet A Hummingbird, your Heart (Smithereens Press) and Clasp (Dedalus Press) whose "poems excel in their consideration of motherhood" (- Poetry Magazine)

 

Reading: Thomas Lynch & Aidan Murphy
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

Thomas Lynch is a funeral director and writer. He is the author of five collections of poems and three collections of essays including The Undertaking, which won The American Book Award, The Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Apparition and Late Fictions – A Novella and Stories, was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. His work has been the subject of two documentary films: the PBS Frontline film of “The Undertaking,” broadcast nationwide in 2007, won the 2008 Emmy Award for Arts & Culture Documentary; and Cathal Black’s film, “Learning Gravity,” aired in the UK and Ireland. Mr. Lynch has taught with Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science, with the graduate program in writing at University of Michigan and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His most recent book, The Good Funeral -- Death, Grief and the Community of Care, was co-authored with the theologian, Thomas G. Long.  Thomas Lynch lives in Michigan and in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland.  

Aidan Murphy is a Cork-born poet residing in Dublin. He was twice recipient of The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. His collections include The Restless Factor (1985), The Way the Money Goes (1987) – a Poetry Book Society recommendation – Small Sky, Big Change (1989), Stark Naked Blues (1997), Looking in at Eden (2001). Neon Baby: New and Selected Poems was published in 2007. A new collection, Wrong Side of Town, appeared from Dedalus Press in 2015.

 

Festival Club at the Cork Arts Theatre: 11pm - 12.30am

 

Thursday, 11 February

Reading: Joseph Horgan & Afric McGlinchey
2.30PM. Venue: Cork Central Library
Admission: FREE


Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham, England, in 1964 to Irish parents. He was shortlisted for the Hennessy Prize in 2003 and won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry in 2004. He currently writes a weekly column for the Irish Post and reviews for Books Ireland. His work has also appeared on RTE radio and television. His first collection, Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea, was published by Doghouse in 2008. His volume of prose, A Song at your Backdoor, was published by Collins Press. He lives in County Cork.

Afric McGlinchey’s awards include a Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award, Northern Liberties Poetry Prize (USA), Poets Meet Politics Prize, selection for the 2014 Italo-Irish Literature Exchange and a Faber Academy Fellowship. Her début, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things, was translated into Italian. Afric received a Cork County Council Arts Bursary to work towards her second collection, Ghost of the Fisher Cat, which will be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival in 2016.

 

Reading: Sarah Hayden & Rachel Warriner
4PM. Venue: Cork Central Library
Admission: FREE

Sarah Hayden's Exteroceptive plunges us into the near limitless depths of our phenomenally sensual streams. Lyrical, linguistically dazzling, her breathless, breathtaking lines freak with jet the palpating strangeness of the worlds we inhabit, and which inhabit us, and we rejoice. Exteroceptive was published by Wild Honey Press in 2013. This is Sarah Hayden's first book. Her work has appeared in Cleaves, Maintenant 3: A Contemporary Dada Journal and Steamer.

Fine Lament is Rachel Warriner's fourth book, and her first to be published outside of Ireland. It is preceded by the three-part simultaneous poem Primary (Default, 2009), the psychogeographic photo/text work Detritus (Dusie/Default, 2010), and the poems of the high-speed anti-IMF protest Eleven Days (RunAmok, 2011). Her work has appeared in Cleaves, Dusie, Hi Zero, Poetry Salzburg Review, International Egg and Poultry Review, and Default.

 

Reading: Ailbhe Darcy & Caitríona O'Reilly
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

 

Ailbhe Darcy was born in Dublin in 1981 and brought up there, and currently lives in South Bend, Indiana. She has published her poetry in Ireland, Britain and the US, and co-edits Moloch, an online magazine of new art and writing. Selections of her work are included in the Bloodaxe anthologies Identity Parade and Voice Recognition, and in her pamphlet A Fictional Dress (tall-lighthouse, 2009). Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), her first book-length collection, is shortlisted for Ireland's dlr Strong Award at Poetry Now / Mountains to the Sea.

Caitríona O'Reilly was born Dublin in 1973, grew up in Wicklow and Dublin, and now lives in Lincoln. She studied archaeology and English at Trinity College Dublin, where she wrote a doctoral thesis on American literature; she has also held the Harper-Wood Studentship from St John's College, Cambridge. Her first collection The Nowhere Birds was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2001, and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2002 (given to the best new book by any Irish writer). Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet (Bloodaxe Books, 2006), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2007. Her third collection, Geis (Bloodaxe Books, UK; Wake Forest University Press, USA, 2015), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is a freelance writer and critic, has written for BBC Radio 4, translated from the Galician of María do Cebreiro, and published some fiction. She has collaborated with artist Isabel Nolan, edited several issues of Poetry Ireland Review, and was a contributing editor of the Irish poetry journal Metre.

 

Reading: Gerry Murphy & Tom Pickard
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952 where he still lives. His latest collections of original work are My Flirtation with International Socialism (Dedalus Press, 2010) and Muse (Dedalus Press, 2015).

Tom Pickard (born 1946, Newcastle upon Tyne, England)  "one of the livest truest poets of Great Britain" (Allen Ginsberg), is the author of many books of poetry spanning four decades: from High on the Walls (1968) to The Ballad of Jamie Allan (Flood Editions, 2007), and most recently hoyoot: Collected Poems and Songs (Carcanet, 2014). Tom is a poet, and documentary film maker who was an important initiator of the movement known as the British Poetry Revival.

 

Reading: David O'Meara & Matthew Sweeney
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

David O’Meara lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of four collections of poetry, shortlisted for the ReLit Prize, the K. M. Hunter Award, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award and is a three-time winner of the Archibald Lampman Prize. He was the founding Artistic Director for VERSeFest (Canada’s International Poetry Festival) and was a jurist for the 2012 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His most recent book, A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013), won the 2014 Ottawa Book Award.

Born in Donegal in 1952, Matthew Sweeney is based in Cork currently, having previously been resident in Berlin, Timişoara and, for a long time, London. His latest poetry collections are Horse Music (2013), The Night Post (2010), and Black Moon (2007). Several books prior to that include Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002). Bilingual collections of Sweeney’s work came out in Germany and Holland in 2008. Earlier translations appeared in Mexico, Romania, Latvia and Slovakia. Death Comes for the Poets, a collaborative novel written with John Hartley Williams, was published in 2013. Two pamphlets are appearing in 2014 – The Gomera Notebook (Shoestring) and Twentyone Men and a Ghost (The Poetry Business) – and Bloodaxe has published a new collection, Inquisition Lane (2015).

 

Festival Club at the Cork Arts Theatre: 11pm - 12.30am

 

Friday, 12 February

Fool for Poetry Chapbook Launch
2.30PM. Venue: Cork Central Library
Admission: FREE

The Munster Literature Centre established the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition in 2005. At this event competition 1st Prize winner Victor Tapner and 2nd Prize winner Tania Hershman will read from their début chapbooks published by Southword Editions.

 

Patrick Kavanagh Award winners' reading
with John Fitzgerald & John Mee
4PM. Venue: Cork Central Library
Admission: FREE

John Fitzgerald is a graduate of University College Cork (BA in English and Philosophy, 1983), University College Dublin and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. Following some time working as an IT specialist in the private sector in Ireland and the UK, and as a librarian at Trinity College Dublin, he became University Librarian at UCC in 1996, where he also currently holds overall responsibility for the Cork University Press.

John Mee was born in Canada in 1965 and has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He works as a professor in the Law School at University College Cork. He published his first poem in 1991 and in 2008 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series.

 

Reading: Michael Coady & John McAuliffe
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

 

Michael Coady was born in 1939 in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 1979 and also of Listowel Writers’ Week and RTE Francis McManus short story awards, he has published five collections with The Gallery Press: Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980), Oven Lane (1987. Revised 2014), All Souls (1997), One Another (2003) and Going by Water (2009). Relay Books published Full Tide, a miscellany, in 1999. An occasional broadcaster and reader of his own work, Michael Coady was elected a member of Aosdána in 1998, and in 2004 he received the eighth annual Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry of the University of St Thomas Centre for Irish Studies, St Paul, Minnesota.

John McAuliffe was born in 1973 and grew up in Listowel, Co Kerry and now lives in Manchester. He won the RTÉ Poet of the Future award in 2000 and received a major Arts Council Bursary for first book A Better Life, which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize in 2002; Next Door was published in 2007. His third collection, Of All Places was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2011 and his fourth collection, The Way In, is just out. He teaches poetry at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, where he also edits the Manchester Review and writes the regular poetry column for The Irish Times.

 

Reading: Tomica Bajsić & Gerard Smyth
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

 

Tomica Bajsić was born in 1968 in Zagreb, Croatia. Poet, prose writer and translator. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. Editor for translated poetry in Poezija / Poetry quarterly magazine, Croatia, and founder of Druga priča /Another Story, poetry publishing. Worked also in restoration, drawing and design. Secretary of Croatian PEN Centre. Published in numerous anthologies and literary journals at home and abroad.

Gerard Smyth is a poet and journalist. His work has been published widely in Ireland and internationally, as well as in translation, since the late 1960s. He is the author of six collections, including A New Tenancy (Dedalus Press, 2004) and The Mirror Tent (Dedalus Press, 2007). The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (1969 - 2009) was published by Dedalus in 2010. He is a member of Aosdána.

 

IMRAM: Cork City in Music & Song
with Liam Ó Muirthile, Louis de Paor, & Thomas McCarthy
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €10 (€8 concs.)

IMRAM will explore the landscapes, history and people of Cork in a bilingual multimedia poetry show. Louis de Paor and Liam Ó Muirthile will read in Irish, and Thomas McCarthy will read in English. They will be accompanied by guitar wizard Enda Reilly, whilst artist Margaret Lonergan will create on-screen projections of the poems, featuring art and archive photographs. This event is curated by Liam Carson. 

Ó chathair Chorcaí é Liam Ó Muirthile. Is scríbhneoir cónaithe i mbliana é i gColáiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach, Baile Átha Cliath. Eolas cuimsitheach ar a shaothar:  www.coislife.ie

Louis de Paor: Foilsíodh Rogha dánta leis sa bhliain 2011, a rogha féin as seacht gcnuasach a d’fhoilsigh Coiscéim as Gaeilge idir 1988 agus 2010. Is é an leabhar dhátheangach The brindled cat and the nightingale’s tongue (Bloodaxe 2014) an leabhar filíochta is déanaí dá chuid.

Originally from Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Thomas McCarthy now lives in Cork. He studied at UCC under the influence of Sean Lucy and John Montague; Sean Dunne and Theo Dorgan were fellow students. He received the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1997 for his first book and the American-Irish Foundation's Literary Award in 1984. His work includes Mr Dineen's Careful Parade (Anvil, 1999) and Merchant Prince (Anvil, 2005). In 2009, Anvil Press published McCarthy's The Last Geraldine Officer. His historical work on the burning of Cork's Carnegie Library and the rebuilding of its collections, Rising from the Ashes, appeared in 2010. A new collection, Pandemonium, was recently published by Anvil Press. 

 

Festival Club at the Cork Arts Theatre: 11pm - 1.30am

 

Saturday, 13 February

WritingO'Donoghue Prizewinner Reading & Pre-booked Poetry Reading
2.45PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: FREE

 

 

A reading by Leila Chatti, the winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, with specially selected emerging poets for our Prebooked Introductions reading.

The Prebooked Introductions Reading includes individuals who have yet to publish a full-length collection of poems. 2016's selection includes Amanda Bell, Dean Browne, Mark Fiddes, Lynn Harding, Simon Lewis, Julie Morrissy, Manuela Moser, Stephen Sexton, and Rosamund Taylor.

 

Reading: Poetry Ireland Review Periodical Showcase
4.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: FREE

Through the journal Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Ireland showcases the best of all aspects of contemporary poetry, and promotes and protects the island’s outstanding poetic heritage. This reading will showcase work by several recent contributors to the Poetry Ireland Review.

 

Reading: Moya Cannon & Bronwyn Lea
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

Moya Cannon was born in Dunfanaghy, County Donegal in 1956 and now lives in Galway. She studied history and politics at University College, Dublin and international relations at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Her first collection, Oar, won the inaugural Brendan Behan Award and, in 2001, she was the recipient of the Laurence O Shaughnessy Award (University of St. Thomas, Minnesota). A number of her poems have been set to music by Jane O Leary, Philip Martin and Ellen Cranitch, and she has worked with traditional Irish musicians, amongst them Kathleen Loughnane and Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, both in the context of performance and of translating Gaelic songs. Moya Cannon has edited Poetry Ireland Review and, in 2004, was elected to Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. In 2011 she was the holder of the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University, PA.

Bronwyn Lea is the author of four books of poems: Flight Animals; The Wooden Cat and Other Poems; The Other Way Out; and most recently The Deep North: A Selection of Poems published by George Braziller Inc. in 2013. Her poems are widely anthologised, appearing most recently in Thirty Australian Poets, Australian Poetry Since 1788, Sixty Classic Australian Poems, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. As poetry editor at the University of Queensland Press her list included award-winning titles by Australia’s most distinguished poets – David Malouf, John Tranter, Laurie Duggan, John Kinsella, and many others. Bronwyn reviews poetry, fiction and non-fiction for a number of literary pages, and she is a Politics and Society columnist at The Conversation. She lives in Brisbane and teaches literature and writing at the University of Queensland.

 

Reading: Kyle Dargan & Deryn Rees-Jones
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently HONEST ENGINE (UGA, 2015) and LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA (UGA,2010). His debut, THE LISTENING (UGA 2004), won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize, and his second, BOUQUET OF HUNGERS (UGA 2007), was awarded the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry. Dargan’s poems and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, The Newark Star-Ledger, Ploughshares, TheRoot.com, and Shenandoah. While a Yusef Komunyakaa fellow at Indiana University, he served as poetry editor for Indiana Review. He is the founding editor of Post No Ills magazine and was most recently the managing editor of Callaloo.

Deryn Rees-Jones was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, and Birkbeck College, London. She is an Eric Gregory Award winner, and The Memory Tray was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. In 1996 she received an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award. She lives in Liverpool, where she lectures at the University of Liverpool.

 

Reading: Vona Groarke & Paisley Rekdal
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €8 (€6 concs.)

 

Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands in 1964. She attended Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork. She has lived in Dublin, Cork and Dundalk and has been writer-in-residence at universities in Galway and Maynooth. Her collections published by The Gallery Press include Shale (1994), Other People’s Houses (1999), Flight (2002), shortlisted for the Forward Prize (UK) in 2002 and winner of the Michael Hartnett Award in 2003, Juniper Street (2006) and Spindrift (2009) and X (2014), both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Poetry prizes include the Hennessy Award, the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, Strokestown International Poetry Award, the Stand Magazine Poetry Prize, and runner-up in the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition (2003). Vona Groarke is a member of Aosdána.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;  a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir that combines poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography entitled Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize. Her newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels, is forthcoming in 2016. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, a NEA Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the University of Georgia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, in two editions of the Best American Poetry series and on National Public Radio among others.  She currently teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web history archive.

 

Festival Club at the Cork Arts Theatre: 11pm - 1.30am

 

Sunday, 14 February

 

Bonus fringe event!

Valentine's DayAnnual Love Poem Reading
3.30PM. Venue: Waterstones

Admission: FREE



WaterstonesA reading by selected poets from this year's festival, specially themed for Valentine's Day.

 

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The 2015 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Poetry BusDavid WheatleyMartina EvansEmily Berry

Poetry Bus Magazine, David Wheatley, Martina Evans, Emily Berry

 

View the 2015 Programme

Wednesday, 11 February

 

Victoria KennefickVirginia AstleyBook launch: Fool For Poetry chapbooks
by Victoria Kennefick & Virginia Astley.
2.30PM. Venue: Cork City Library

Admission: FREE.

 

The Munster Literature Centre established the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition in 2005. At this event competition winners Victoria Kennefick (Ireland) and Virginia Astley (UK) will read from their début chapbooks published by Southword Editions.

Victoria Kennefick won the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize in 2013 and is shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014 judged by Emily Berry. Now living and working in Kerry, she is a member of the Listowel Writers' Week committee and co-coordinator of its New Writers' Salon, as well coordinating the recently established Kerry Women Writers' Network.  

Virginia Astley is a songwriter and musician who from a young age has appreciated the process of writing, often working things out by writing them out. Her collection Solvitur Ambulato was published in The New Writer earlier this year.

 

 

Michael SchmidtLecture: Publishing Irish Writing by Michael Schmidt
3 - 4PM. Venue: University College Cork, 2.12 O'Rahilly Bldg.

Admission: FREE.

 

Michael Schmidt is Managing and Editorial Director of Carcanet Press, and the general editor of PN Review.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Michael Schmidt was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to poetry. He is the author of many books—of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and literary criticism—including Lives of the Poets (1998) and The Novel: A Biography (2014).  At the School of English Research Seminar, Michael will introduce a discussion on the topic of publishing Irish writing. The event is therefore of particular interest to published and aspiring writers.

 

 

Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner Poems reading
4PM at the Farmgate Café, English Market.

Admission: FREE with purchase of a beverage.

A reading by selected poets published in the Irish Examiner.

The Munster Literature Centre has been working in conjunction with the Irish Examiner to publish weekly poems by contemporary writers, with generous financial support by the Farmgate Café. This reading will showcase work by recent contributors.

 

Grace WellsShoshanna WingateGrace Wells & Shoshana Wingate
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.


Poetry reading by writers from Ireland and Canada.

Grace Wells, formerly an independent video and television producer in her native London, moved to Ireland in 1991. Her debut poetry collection, When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things (Dedalus Press, 2010) won the 2011 Rupert and Eithne Strong Best First Collection Award and was short-listed for the London Fringe Festival New Poetry Award.

Shoshanna Wingate is a writer originally from South Carolina, who now lives in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her first poetry collection, Radio Weather, is published by Vehicule Press (Montreal). In 2011, she published a chapbook of poetry, Homing Instinct, with Frog Hollow Press. Her debut collection of poetry will appear in 2014 with Vehicule Press. 

 

Gabriel RosenstockStiofan Ó CadhlaGabriel Rosenstock & Stiofán Ó Cadhla
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

Bilingual poetry reading in Irish and English, made possible with the support by Poetry Ireland.

Gabriel Rosenstock, a member of Aosdána, is the author/translator of over 160 books, including 13 volumes of poetry and a volume of haiku in Irish and in English, as well as numerous books for children.

Stiofán Ó Cadhla is Head of the Department of Folklore in UCC. Published two collections of poetry, An Creidmheachach Déanach (Coiscéim 2009) and Tarraing na Cuirtíní, a Dhochtúir (Coiscéim 2012). Winner of the Michael Hartnett Award 2012.

 

Martina EvansPoetry FilmMartina Evans & screening of In the Hands of Erato*
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

Martina Evans is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher based in the UK. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. She is the author of nine books of prose and poetry. Martina’s fourth poetry collection, Facing the Public was a TLS Book of the Year in 2009 and won the Premio Ciampi International Prize for Poetry in 2011. Her most recent collection is Burnfort, Las Vegas (Anvil, 2014).

Straight after Martina Evans’ reading, Liz O’Donoghue will introduce her film In The Hands of Erato made in 1999/2000. The film features a selection of Cork poets living and dead reading their poems at scenic locations around the city. Among the poets are Patrick Galvin, John Montague, Aine Miller, Michael Davitt, Theo Dorgan, Louis De Paor and Thomas McCarthy. The film is 30 minutes in duration so this programme slot will run longer than originally planned.

*Due to personal reasons, Dave Lordan will not be attending the Cork Spring Poetry Festival 2015 as previously scheduled.

 

Thursday, 12 February

 

Sandra Ann WintersThe Place Where I Left YouBook launch: The Place Where I Left You
by Sandra Ann Winters
2.30PM. Venue: Cork City Library

Admission: FREE.

 

Sandra Ann Winters won the Gregory O'Donoghue prize in 2011, and is returning to Cork to launch her debut full-length collection from Salmon Poetry. Winters is an American poet, and frequent visitor to Ireland. From 1986 to her retirement in 2010, she served as a lecturer of English and Irish literature at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is author of a previous poetry chapbook, Calving Under the Moon (Finishing Line Press, 2013).   

 

Penny DreadfulPenny Dreadful Magazine focus
4PM. Venue: Cork City Library

Admission: FREE.

 

A reading by selected poets published in the Penny Dreadful.

The Penny Dreadful magazine was founded by two Cork writers, John Keating and Marc O'Connell. Its readership has grown quickly, and recent projects also include a Halloween-themed writing competition, and publication of Blood Oranges, a debut collection by Dylan Brennan. This event will include readings by recent contributors and a discussion with the magazine's founders.  http://thepennydreadful.org/

 

Poetry BusPoetry Bus Magazine focus
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission €5 or free with magazine purchase.

 

A reading by selected poets published in the Poetry Bus.

Poetry Bus was founded by Peader O'Donoghue, having originally began as a weekly online writing exercise. The magazine is co-edited by Peader and Colette O'Donoghue, and has recently published its first 'grimoire' by Fíona Bolger. This event will include readings by recent contributors and a discussion with the magazine's editors.  http://thepoetrybusmag.wix.com/change

 

Peter SirrEnda WyleyPeter Sirr & Enda Wyley
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

 

Gallery PressThe appearance in this festival by Peter Sirr is under the auspices of Gallery Goes, a regular Gallery Press initiative funded by the Arts Council Touring Grant.

 

Peter Sirr is a freelance writer and translator. Awards include the O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, 1998 and the Michael Hartnett Award, 2011. The Gallery Press has published nine collections by Sirr, including his latest The Rooms (October 2014).

Enda Wyley has published four collections of poetry with the Dedalus Press: Eating Baby Jesus (1994), Socrates in the Garden (1998), Poems For Breakfast (2004) and To Wake to This (2009). Borrowed Space: New and Selected Poems is due from Dedalus in September 2014.

 

Michael O'LoughlinMichael SchmidtMichael O'Loughlin & Michael Schmidt
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

 

A reading by Irish and UK poets.

Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958. His poetry collections are Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (Dublin, Raven Press, 1980); Atlantic Blues (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1982); The Diary of a Silence (Raven Arts Press, 1985); Another Nation, New & Selected Poems (Dublin, New Island Books, 1994/UK Arc Publications, 1996); and In This Life (New Island Books, 2011).

Michael Schmidt, born in Mexico City, is a poet, a novelist, a translator, and an academic. He has written more than 15 books, including five collections of poetry, the latest of which, New and Collected Poems, was published in 2009. His work showcases his extensive breadth of knowledge, often drawing from a multitude of disparate sources ranging from Homer to Boris Pasternak. Schmidt is the founder, editor, and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited and general editor of PN Review. He is currently professor of poetry and convener of the creative writing program at the University of Glasgow (UK).

 

Friday, 13 February

 

Munster Poets in TranslationClíona Ní RíordáinBook launch--Jeune poésie d'Irlande: Poètes du Munster 1960 - 2015 (Editions Illador)
2.30PM. Venue: Cork City Library

Admission: FREE.

 

Bilingual poetry reading in French and English from the Éditions Illador anthology Jenue poésie d'Irlande: Poètes du Munster 1960 - 2015.

This anthology is edited by Clíona Ní Ríordáin, who lives in Paris and teaches at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is also editor of Four Irish Poets / Quatre Poetes Irlandais (Dedalus, 2011); and of Femmes d'Irlande en poésie 1973-2013 (Editions Caractères, Paris). This event will feature several of the Munster poets who are anthologised in this volume.

 

John BerrymanPhilip ColemanBerryman's Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse.
4PM. Venue: Cork City Library

Admission: FREE.

 

Poetry reading by several contributors from the new anthology commemorating the work of John Berryman.

Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman was one of the most original American poets of his generation. In a letter to Robert Lowell in 1962, Elizabeth Bishop said of Berryman that “one has the feeling a hundred years from now that he may be all the rage”. In this anthology, edited by Philip Coleman, contemporary poets contribute work responding to or commemorating Berryman's work.

Originally from Cahir, in Tipperary, Philip Coleman graduated from UCC with a First in English and Philosophy in 1995. He is a Lecturer in English in Trinity College Dublin. His reviews on contemporary poetry have appeared in The Edinburgh Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Left Review, and The Irish Times.

 

Lidija DimkovskaBarbara PogacnikLidija Dimkovska & Barbara Pogaĉnik
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

 

A reading by Macedonian and Slovenian poets.

Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She has published five books of poetry and two novels in her native language. In 2006 Ugly Duckling Presse in New York published her first collection of poetry in English Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers. Copper Canyon published ph Neutral History in 2012 (shortlisted for The Best Translated Book Award 2013). Her books have been translated into many European languages. She has received the Hubert Burda Award for Poetry and European Union Prize for prose. She lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Barbara Pogačnik, born in 1973, graduated in Romance linguistics and literature from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and completed her MA at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a translator, essayist, literary critic and poet and held a post in the Department of Translation Studies at the University of Ljubljana (2002-2004). Her first poetry collection, Poplave (Inundations) was published in 2007 by the Slovenian publisher, Mladinska knjiga. Her second poetry book V množici izgubljeni papir (Sheets of Paper Lost in the Crowd) was published in 2008 – selected poems have been translated into several languages. 

 

Douglas DunnPeter FallonDouglas Dunn & Peter Fallon
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

 

A reading by Scottish and Irish poets.

Douglas Dunn is a major Scottish poet, editor and critic, whose Elegies (1985), a moving account of his first wife’s death, became a critical and popular success. Author of over ten collections of poetry, he has also edited several anthologies, including The Faber Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (2000). He was Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews from 1991, and was awarded an OBE in 2003.

Peter Fallon was born in Germany in 1951 and grew up on his uncle’s farm near Kells in County Meath. At the age of eighteen he founded The Gallery Press which has published more than four hundred books of poems and plays by the country’s finest established and emerging authors and which is recognized as Ireland’s pre-eminent literary publishing house. Fallon received the 1993 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the Irish American Cultural Institute. In 2003 he was elected to Aosdána. He lives with his family in Loughcrew in County Meath.

 

Liz BerryDon ShareLiz Berry & Don Share
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

 

A reading by the editor of Poetry (USA) and Forward Prize winner Liz Berry (UK).

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive.  Her debut pamphlet The Patron Saint of School Girls was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010. She is an assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine. Her debut collection, Black Country, published by Chatto & Windus in August 2014, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, an Observer Poetry Book of the Month and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine. His most recent books are Wishbone(Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear Publishing), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he has also edited a critical edition of Bunting’s poems for Faber and Faber. His work at Poetry has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards in editorial excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors.

 

 

Saturday, 14 February

 

Valentine's DayLove Poems
1.30PM. Venue: Waterstones

Admission: FREE.

 

WaterstonesA reading by selected poets from this year's festival, specially themed for Valentine's Day.

 

 

 

Southword JournalSouthword Journal focus
2.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: FREE.

 

A reading by selected poets published in Southword Journal.

Southword, a literary journal published by the Munster Literature Centre, was founded by Patrick Galvin in 2001. In 2010 Southword moved online, and continues to publish the best in Irish and international poetry and fiction, including the winning poems from the Gregory O'Donoghue Competition, and the winning stories from the Seán Ó Faoláin Competition. This event will include a discussion and readings by recent contributors. http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html

 

WritingGregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prizegiving
& Prebooked 'Introductions' reading
4PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €6 full price / €5 concs.


A reading by Breda Wall Ryan along with specially selected emerging poets for our Prebooked Introductions reading.
Breda Wall Ryan is the winning poet in the Gregory O'Donoghue Competition, along with selected emerging poets for our specially selected introductions reading.
The Prebooked Introductions Reading includes five individuals who have yet to publish a full-length collection of poems. They are Jane Clarke, Stephen Connolly, Andrew Eaton, Róisín Kelly and Paul McMahon.

 

Tom FrenchDavid WheatleyTom French & David Wheatley
7PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

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Gallery PressThe appearance in this festival by Tom French and David Wheatley are under the auspices of Gallery Goes, a regular Gallery Press initiative funded by the Arts Council Touring Grant.

 

Tom French was born in Kilkenny in 1966 and raised across the border in Tipperary. He received bursaries in literature from An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Ireland in 1999 and 2009, and his work was awarded the inaugural Ted McNulty Prize. His first collection Touching the Bones (Gallery Press, 2001) was awarded the Forward Prize for First Collection 2002. His second collection The Fire Step was published in October 2009.

David Wheatley was born in Dublin in 1970. He has published four collections with The Gallery Press: Thirst (1997, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), Misery Hill (2000), Mocker (2006) and A Nest on the Waves (2010). With Justin Quinn he was a founder-editor of Metre. David Wheatley was awarded the Vincent Buckley Prize in 2008 and features in The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry. He teaches at the University of Aberdeen, having previously taught in Hull University.

 

Emily BerryMichael CrummeyEmily Berry & Michael Crummey
8.30PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €8 full price / €6 concs.

 

A reading by prizewinning British and Canadian poets.

Emily Berry writes poems and other things. She grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Her debut poetry collection Dear Boy won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She is a contributor to The Breakfast Bible, a compendium of breakfasts, and is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Michael Crummey is the bestselling author of four books of poetry and a book of short stories, Flesh and Blood. His debut novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second, The Wreckage, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2010 and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Most recently published is Sweetland (2014, Doubleday Canada).

 

Lavinia GreenlawJo ShapcottLavinia Greenlaw & Jo Shapcott
10PM. Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Admission: €10 full price / €8 concs.

 

 

A reading by two distinguished British poets.

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her teenage years were spent in a village in Essex. She has published five collections of poetry with Faber & Faber including Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, The Casual Perfect (2011) and A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde  (2014).  

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award.

 

 

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The 2014 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

John McAuliffeLeontia FlynnEilean Ní ChuilleanáinPaul Muldoon

John McAuliffe, Leontia Flynn, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paul Muldoon

 

 

View the 2014 Programme

 

Irish Examiner Tuesday Poems reading
4pm, Farmgate Café, The English Market
Admission: FREE with purchase of a beverage.

Irish Examiner


A reading by a selection of poets who have contributed to the Irish Examiner poetry feature.

 

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Cyphers Showcase 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
FREE WITH PURCHASE OF JOURNAL--OR--Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Cyphers

 

A presentation of the latest issue of the periodical Cyphers with a talk about its history and readings from some contributors.

 

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Matthew Geden & John McAuliffe 8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Matthew GedenJohn McAuliffe

 
 
ading and discussion by two Irish poets.

 

 

Matthew Geden's most recent collection, The Place Inside, was published by Dedalus Press in 2012, other books include Swimming to Albania (Bradshaw, 2009) and Autumn: Twenty Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire from Lapwing in 2003.

John McAuliffe grew up in Listowel, studied at NUI Galway and now teaches poetry at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. He is chief poetry critic for the Irish Times and his books, including Of All Places which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2011, are published by The Gallery Press.

 

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & Macdara Woods 10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Eilean Ní ChuilleanáinMacdara Woods

 

 

 

A reading and discussion by two Irish poets.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was a founder member of Cyphers literary journal. She has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Times Award for Poetry, the O’Shaughnessy Award of the Irish-American Cultural Institute and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her Selected Poems was co-published by Faber & Faber and the Gallery Press.

Macdara Woods has published a number of collections with the Dedalus Press including his Selected Poems (1996) and The Nightingale Water and Knowledge in the Blood (2002). A member of Aosdána, his latest collection of poems is The Cotard Dimension (2011) while Collected Poems appeared in September 2012.

 

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Festival Club 11.00pm - 12.30am, Cork Arts Theatre. Admission: FREE.

 

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Thursday, 13 February

 

Poetry FilmsPoetry Films
4pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: FREE


A screening of poetry films, featuring work by classic and contemporary poets including W.H. Auden, Billy Collins, Elizabeth Bishop, Yeats, Shabnam Piryaei, Ian Duhig, Liz Berry and Alice Oswald.

 

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THE SHOp Showcase 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
FREE WITH PURCHASE OF JOURNAL--OR--Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

The SHOp

A presentation of the latest issue of THE SHOp with a talk about its history and readings from some contributors.

 

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Patrick Deeley & Celia de Fréine 8.30 pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Patrick DeeleyCelia de Freine

 

 

 

 

 

A reading and discussion by two Irish poets.

Patrick Deeley is a native of Loughrea, County Galway.  A major retrospective of his work, Groundswell: New and Selected Poems, appeared from Dedalus Press in 2013.  He has won a number of literary awards and been published in over thirty anthologies in Ireland and abroad. 

Celia de Fréine is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist who writes in Irish and English. Her awards include the Patrick Kavanagh Award (1994), the British Comparative Literature Association Translation Award (1999) and Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta (2004). Her sixth poetry collection cuir amach seo dom : riddle me this was published by Arlen House in 2013.

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David Harsent & Leanne O'Sullivan 10pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

davidLeanne O'Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

A reading and discussion by English and Irish poets.

David Harsent has published nine full collections of poetry and several limited
editions, and has received a number of literary awards, including the Eric Gregory
Award, the Geoffrey Faber Award, the Cheltenham Festival Prize, two Arts Council Bursaries and a Society of Authors Travel Fellowship.

Leanne O'Sullivan has published three collections, all from Bloodaxe, Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010, and The Mining Road (2013). She was given the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2009 and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011.

 

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Festival Club 11.00pm - 12.30am, Cork Arts Theatre. Admission: FREE.

 

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Friday, 14 February

 

 

Craft talk with Matthew Sweeney

4pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

 

sweeney

 

Matthew Sweeney is currently based in Cork, having previously been resident in Berlin, Timişoara and, for a long time, London. He has published several collections including The Night Post (2010), Black Moon (2007), Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002). Bilingual collections of Sweeney’s work came out in Germany and Holland in 2008. Earlier translations appeared in Mexico, Romania, Latvia and Slovakia. Recent publications include Horse Music, a poetry collection from Bloodaxe (2013); and Death Comes for the Poets, a novel co-written with John Hartley-Williams.


 

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Dermot Bolger & John W. Sexton 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Dermot BolgerJohn W Sexton

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and discussion with two Irish poets.

Dermot Bolger's ninth collection of poems, The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss, was published in 2012 and his New and Selected Poems will appear in late 2014. He is also a playwright, anthologist and founded Raven Arts Press.

John W. Sexton is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry). His poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

 

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Linda Maria Baros & Dorta Jagić 8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.


Linda Maria BarosDorta Jagic

 

 

 

 

Reading and discussion with two European poets.

Linda Maria Baros is a French-language poet, translator and literary critic, one of the most powerful new voices on today’s poetry scene. She has published two poetry collections in Romanian and three more in French. She lives in Paris, France.

Dorta Jagić won the Goran Award for Young Poets with her debut collection Head Under the Sheets in 1999. She subsequently published two books Tamogachi Died in My Arms (2002) and Devil and the Spinister – Confessions (2003).

 

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Jean Hanff Korelitz & Paul Muldoon 10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.


Jean Hanff  Korelitz
Paul Muldoon

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and discussion with an American and an Irish poet.

Jean Hanff Korelitz was raised and born in New York. Her publishing debut was in 1989 with the poetry collection The Properties of Breath. Since then she has published four novels including A Jury of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River, The White Rose and Admission which was made into a movie starring Tina Fey in 2013.

Paul Muldoon has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004. He is also the president of the Poetry Society (U.K.) and Poetry Editor at The New Yorker.

 

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Festival Club 11.00pm - 1.30am, Cork Arts Theatre. Admission: FREE.

 

 

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Saturday, 15 February

Southword Journal Showcase 2.45pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: FREE

Southword Journal

A presentation of the latest issue of the online journal Southword with a talk about its history and readings from some contributors. Southword will be projected onto large screen.

 

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Gregory O’Donoghue Prize Giving & Prebooked Readings 4pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Gregory O'Donoghue

 

 

 

 

At this event the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will receive the prize and have the opportunity to read from a selection of their poems.

The Emerging Poets Reading showcases five writers of talent who have yet to
publish a full-length collection of poems.

 

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Alan Gillis & Leontia Flynn 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Alan GillisLeontia Flynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and discussion with two Northern Ireland poets.

Alan Gillis is Lecturer in English at Edinburgh University, and editor of Edinburgh Review. His first collection, Somebody, Somewhere (2004) was short-listed for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and received the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for best first collection. Hawks and Doves (2007), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. In 2010 he published Here Comes the Night.

Leontia Flynn’s first collection, These Days, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection, and her most recent, Profit and Loss, was Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. She has also won the Rooney Prize and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish poetry. She lives in Belfast where she is Research Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.

 

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Michelle O'Sullivan & Maurice Riordan 8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Michelle O'SullivanMaurice Riordan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and discussion with two Irish poets.

Michelle O’Sullivan has a BA and MA from the University of Hertfordshire and worked in England as a primary teacher. Married with two children, she lives now in County Mayo and works as a home tutor. Michelle is a recipient of Mayo County Council’s Bursary Award. She received the 2013 Shine Strong Award for her debut collection The Blue End of Stars.

Maurice Riordan's first collection, A Word from the Loki (1995) was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Floods (2000) was a Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and Irish Times. The Holy Land (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award. He is current editor of Poetry Review. His latest book is The Water Stealer.

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Billy Ramsell & Amy Gerstler 10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Tickets available at door or purchased individually below.

Billy Ramsellamy

 

Reading and discussion with an American and an Irish poet.

Billy Ramsell's debut collection, Complicated Pleasures, was published by the Dedalus Press in 2007. He was awarded the 2012 Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. He has judged the Shine Strong Award and he edits the Irish section of the website Poetry International. His second collection The Architect’s Dream of Winter will soon be published by Dedalus.

Amy Gerstler is the author of art reviews, books reviews, fiction, and various journal articles.  Her books of poetry include: Dearest Creature (Penguin, 2009); Ghost Girl (2004); Medicine (2000), finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award; Crown of Weeds (1997); Nerve Storm (1995); Bitter Angel (1990), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The True Bride (1986).

 

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The 2013 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Cork Spring Poetry Festival 2013

Clockwise: Cal Doyle, Fiona Smith, Kate Dempsey, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Kerrie O'Brien. Photo by Mike Hannon.

 

View the 2013 Programme

Wednesday, 13 February

 

Matthew Sweeney by John MinihanHorse Music by Matthew SweeneyBook Launch: Horse Music by Matthew Sweeney
4pm, Farmgate Café, The English Market
Admission €5 (at the door) or purchase book



Matthew Sweeney’s tenth collection of poems is as sinister as its dark forebears, but the notes he hits in Horse Music are lyrical and touching as well as disturbing and disquieting. Confronting him in these imaginative riffs are not just the perplexing animals and folklorish crows familiar from his earlier books, but also magical horses, ghosts, dwarves and gnomes.

 

Cork Debutantes Reading 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Paul Casey by John MinihanKathy D'ArcyAfric McGlincheyMary Noonan

 

 

Readings by four Cork poets who have all had début collections published in the last year: Paul Casey, author of home more or less; Kathy D'Arcy, author of The Wild Pupil; Afric McGlinchey, author of The Lucky Star of Hidden Things; and Mary Noonan, author of The Fado House.

 

Caitríona Ní Chléirchín & Doireann Ní Ghríofa 8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


Caitríona Ní ChléirchínDoireann Ní Ghríofa

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by two contemporary poets publishing as Gaeilge. Bilingual event. Caitríona Ní Chléirchín is an Irish-language lecturer in University College Dublin. Crithloinnir her début collection of poetry won first prize in the Oireachtas competition for new writers in 2010. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is the 2012 Wigtown Gaelic Poetry prize winner and has published two collections with Coiscéim.

 

John Ennis & Seán Lysaght 10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


John EnnisSeán Lysaght

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by two prizewinning Irish poets. John Ennis has published over a dozen collections, and was awarded Honorary Doctorate in Laws by Memorial University “[for] fostering links between Ireland and Newfoundland, and for his poetry”. Among Seán Lysaght's recognitions are the 2007 Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry award. His most recent collection is a verse narrative of the life of Edmund Spenser.

 

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Thursday, 14 February

 

Poetry FilmsFilm highlights of past poetry festivals
4pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission Free


View readings of poems by past guests of the Cork Spring Poetry Festival including Greg Delanty, Louis de Paor, Andres Ehin, Suji Kwock Kim, Dave Lordan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Fiona Sampson, Yang Lian, Brian Turner and many more.

 

Julian Talamantez Brolaski & Triin Soomets 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


Julian Talamantez BrolaskiTriin Soomets

 

 

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by an American and an Estonian poet. Julian Talamantez Brolaski's current collection is Advice for Lovers, and often explores transgender and gender-variant experiences through linguistics experimentation. Triin Soomets has published nine collections of poetry and has won many of Estonia’s leading poetry prizes. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.

 

Eduardo C. Corral & Sarah Clancy 8.30 pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Eduardo C. CorralSarah Clancy

 

 

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by an American and an Irish poet. Eduardo C. Corral's first book, Slow Lightning, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He currently lives in New York. Sarah Clancy has won or been shortlisted for prizes for both performance and conventional page poetry including winning the Cúirt Grand Slam. Her most recent publication is Thanks for Nothing, Hippies.

 

Tionscadal Piaf-Brel - The Piaf-Brel Project 10pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €12 (€10 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


Tionscadal Piaf-Brel

 

 

 

 

 

Tionscadal Piaf-Brel features songs by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel rendered into exquisite Irish by Liam Ó Muirthile. They are performed by singers Hilary Bow - whose album Oneness was acclaimed by Eamon Carr as ‘one of the most captivating Irish albums of the year’ - and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, whose work has been praised by the Minnesota Irish Gazette as ‘pure magic, rich with mirth, mischief, and melancholy’. Accompanying them are Peter Roycroft on piano; Geoff Kirk on drums; and Neville Lloyd on double-bass. Designer Margaret Lonergan has created special on-screen projections of the lyrics accompanied by images inspired by the songs. Liam Ó Muirthile will also read new versions in Irish of poems by Jacques Prévert and Paul Verlaine.

 

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Friday, 15 February

 

Dennis O'Driscoll Remembered 2.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre. Free event.

Dennis O'Driscoll A public coversation facilitated by Gerald Smyth, poet, journalist, with the participation of Peter Jay (Anvil Press) Joseph Woods (Poetry Ireland) and Patrick Cotter (Festival Director).

 

 

Anatoly Kudryavitsky & Gerry Murphy 4pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Anatoly KudryavitskyGerry Murphy

 

 

 

 

 


Readings and discussion by two specialists in concise verse. Anatoly Kudryavitsky is editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and also recently edited Bamboo Dreams, an anthology of Irish haiku from Dedalus Press. Gerry Murphy is a Cork poet who has published seven collections of poetry, including his most recent volume, My Flirtation with International Socialism.

 

John F. Deane & James Harpur 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


John F. DeaneJames Harpur

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by two critically acclaimed poets based in Ireland. John F. Deane founded Poetry Ireland and Poetry Ireland Review in 1979 and is a member of Aosdána. Among his awards are the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry. James Harpur has had five poetry collections published by Anvil Press. His latest book, Angels and Harvesters, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

 

Martina Evans reading, followed by a memorial reading for Dennis O'Driscoll.
8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre. Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Martina Evans
Dennis O'Driscoll

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and discussion by a prizewinning Irish writer. Martina Evans is a poet and novelist. Petrol, her book-length prose poem, was published by Anvil in September 2012.

The Munster Literature Centre regrets the sudden passing of Dennis O’Driscoll, 24 December 2012. Dennis will be missed not only for his own wonderful poetry but for his immense personal generosity and friendship. In his place, a selection of Irish and international poets will read his work. O'Driscoll's most recent publication was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and Dear Life (Anvil Press, 2012).

 

Carolyn Forché & Karen Solie 10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Carolyn ForchéKaren Solie

 

 

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by accomplished American and Canadian poets. Carolyn Forché is an award-winning poet whose most recent collections include The Angel of History, Blue Hour and In the Lateness of the World. Karen Solie is an associate director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her latest collection, Pigeon, won the Pat Lowther Award, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

 

 

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Saturday, 16 February

Karen Solie Craft Talk 2.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Karen Solie

 

 

 


One of the things a great poem can do is to generate a feeling of deep recognition in its readers. How do we create poems that aren’t simply something told to a reader, second-hand stories or impressions of what has happened, but that, themselves, happen on the page? How do we create poems that are first-hand experiences for readers? This talk hopes to address some of these questions using examples from a handful of the world’s best poets. Karen Solie is an associate director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her latest collection, Pigeon, won the Pat Lowther Award, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

 

Gregory O’Donoghue Prize Giving & Prebooked Readings 4pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


Gregory O'Donoghue

 

 

 

At this event the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize , Judith Barrington, will receive the prize and have the opportunity to read from a selection of her poems.

The Emerging Poets Reading showcases five writers of talent who have yet to
publish a full-length collection of poems. The 2013 poets include Kate Dempsey, Cal Doyle, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Kerrie O'Brien, and Fiona Smith.

 

Håkan Sandell & Lyor Shternberg 7pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Hakan SandellLyor Shternberg

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by a Swedish and an Israeli poet. Håkan Sandell has published 20 collections of poetry. Among his main themes are love and religion,
set in contemporary urban environments. Lyor Shternberg has published five collections of poetry. He is also a prolific translator of poetry, specialising in Irish and English Poetry.

 

Immanuel Mifsud & Tomaž Šalamun 8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.

Immanuel MifsudTomaz Salamun

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by a Maltese and a Slovenian poet. Immanuel Mifsud won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011 with his book In the Name of the Father (and of the Son). He was the poet from Malta for the Poetry Parnassus in
London 2012. Tomaž Šalamun's books have appeared in 20 languages. On the Tracks of Wild Game is his most recent collection translated into English.

 

Gwyneth Lewis & Kathryn Simmonds 10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Admission: €6 (€5 concs.) Tickets available at the door.


Gwyneth LewisKathryn Simmonds

 

 

 

Readings and discussion by two award winning UK poets. Gwyneth Lewis was the National Poet of Wales ’05-’06 and won the Cholmondeley Award in 2012. She has published eight books of poetry in Welsh and English, most recently Sparrow Tree. Kathryn Simmonds's first full poetry collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.

 

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The 2012 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Cork Spring Poetry Festival by Ray Short

From left to right: Greg Delanty, Gregory O'Donoghue (portrait), Gregory Orr, Gregory O'Brien. Photo by Ray Short.

 

View the 2012 Programme

WEDNESDAY

 


Rosemary Canavan & Noel Monahan reading
(Wine Reception)

Rosemary Canavan at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalNoel Monahan at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalWednesday, 15 February at 7.00pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 


Rosemary Canavan was born in Scotland in 1949 and now lives in County Cork. She has published two poetry collections: The Island (Story Line 2004) and Trucker’s Moll (Salmon 2009). Other publications include children’s books, translations of French short stories and anthologies. She has been Poetry Editor for Southword. Awards include a Hawthornden Fellowship, a bursary in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and residencies in Cork and Kerry.


Noel Monahan has published five collections of poems, all with Salmon, the most recent is Curve of the Moon in 2010. Among his awards are the Seacat National Poetry Award, the Allingham Poetry Award and the Kilkenny Prize for Poetry. His poetry has been translated into Italian, Romanian and French and has appeared in many anthologies, most recently texts for the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate state exams. He is co-editor of Windows Publications.

 


Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill & Thomas McCarthy reading

Nuala Ní Dhomnaill at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalThomas McCarthy at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalWednesday, 15 February at 9.00pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

 

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was born in 1952 and grew up in the Irish-speaking areas of West Kerry and in Tipperary. She studied at University College, Cork, and now lives in Dublin. She has published four collections of poems in Irish, An Dealg Droighin (1981), Féar Suaithinseach (1984), Feis (1991) and Cead Aighnis (1998); and four collections of her poems with translations into English by, among others, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Paul Muldoon. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry (2002-2004).


Thomas McCarthy was born in County Waterford in 1954 and educated at University College, Cork. He has published eight collections of poetry (most recently The Last Geraldine Officer), two novels and a memoir. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the American-Irish Foundation’s Literary Award, and the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry. He has worked for Cork City Libraries since 1987. He is a member of Aosdána.

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THURSDAY

 


Greg Delanty & Aifric Mac Aodha reading

Greg Delanty at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalAifric Mac Aodha at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalThursday, 16 February at 7.30pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

 

Greg Delanty was born in Cork, Ireland in 1958, and now lives for most of the year in America, where he teaches at St Michael’s College, Vermont. He was awarded the Austin Clarke Centenary Poetry award in 1996 and won the UK National Poetry Competition in 1999. His Collected Poems was published by Caracanet in 2006. His next volume, The Greek Anthology Book XVII, will be published in Autumn 2012.

Aifric Mac Aodha was born in Dublin in 1979. Her first collection, Gabháil Syrinx (The Capture of Syrinx) was edited by Pádraig Ó Fiannachta and published by An Sagart in 2010. She is the Irish-language poetry editor of Comhar and The Stinging Fly. At University College, Dublin, she studied Old Irish and Modern Irish. Her profound knowledge of the Gaelic tradition, as well as Greek mythology, has influenced her work.

 


Elisa Biagini, Paddy Bushe & Fiona Sampson reading

Elisa Biagini at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalPaddy Bushe at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalFiona Sampson at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalThursday, 16 February at 9.00pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

Elisa Biagini, born in 1970, lives in Florence. Biagini has published six poetry collections, most recently Nel Bosco (2007). Her work is included in many anthologies both in Italy and the United States. She has translated into Italian Sharon Olds, Lucile Clifton, Alicia Ostriker amongst others and her own work has been translated into many languages. She teaches Creative Writing and literature in American Universities in Italy and abroad.

Paddy Bushe, born in Dublin in 1948, now lives in Kerry. He writes in both Irish and English, and has published eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which is To Ring in Silence: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2008), a bilingual volume. A new collection, My Lord Buddha of Carraig Éanna, will be published by Dedalus in the spring of 2012. He is a member of Aosdána.

Fiona Sampson’s most recent books are: Rough Music (Carcanet, 2010), Common Prayer (Carcanet, 2007; shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, poem shortlisted for a Forward Prize), and Writing: Self and Reflexivity (with Celia Hunt; Macmillan, 2005). She has been widely translated, with eight books in translation. She has received the Newdigate Prize, writers’ awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and the Society of Authors and, in the United States, the Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Award.

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FRIDAY

 


Kerry Hardie, Taja Kramberger & Gregory O’Brien reading

Kerry Hardie at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalTaja Kramberger at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalGregory O'Brien at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalFriday, 17 February at 7.30pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

 

Kerry Hardie has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being is Only This Room. Her Selected Poems was published by both Gallery and Bloodaxe in 2011. She has also published two novels, and is working on a third. Her work has been widely anthologised and translated. She has won many prizes, including the Friends Provident National Poetry Prize &, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. She is a member of Aosdána.

Taja Kramberger, born 1970, is a poet, essayist, and translator. She works as a university lecturer and researcher. She has published nine books of poetry: seven in Slovenian, one in German and one multilingual (Mobilizacije/ Mobilisations/ Mobilizations/ Mobilitazioni, 2004). Her poems have been published in numerous literary anthologies and journals in Slovenia and abroad. She is a regular guest of international poetry festivals.

Born 1961, Gregory O’Brien is a Wellington-based poet, artist, essayist, curator and art writer, who has published numerous books in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Carcanet has published two of his titles: Days Beside Water and News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore. A new book of poems, Beauties of the Octagonal Pool, is forthcoming. In recent years O’Brien has produced poetry in collaboration with composers, photographers, painters and the fashion designer Doris De Pont.

 


Daragh Breen, Mary Dalton & Nathalie Handal reading

Daragh Breen at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalMary Dalton at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalNathalie Handal at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalFriday, 17 February
at 9.00pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

Daragh Breen (b. 1970) lives in Cork. He has published two collections to-date, both with November Press. Across the Sound in 2003, and Whale in 2010. His work has appeared widely in Irish literary journals, including Poetry Ireland, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, The SHOp and Cork Literary Review. In 2005 he took part in Poetry Ireland’s ‘Introductions Series’. In 2001 he won The Sean Dunne Festival National Poetry Award.


Mary Dalton has published four books of poetry, most recently Merrybegot which won the 2005 E.J. Pratt Poetry Award. Red Ledger was named as one of The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of the Year in 2006. Her new book, Hooking, is due out in 2013. Dalton is Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s.


Nathalie Handal is an award winning poet of Palestinian ethnicity living in the USA. She has published four poetry collections, most recently Love and Strange Horses and Poet in Andalucia. Handal is the editor of The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology and co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. She has been involved either as a writer, director or producer in over twenty theatrical or film productions worldwide.

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SATURDAY

Neil Astley & Being Human contributors reading

Neil Astley in the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalBeing Human featured at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalSaturday, 18 February at 2.30pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

 


Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Bloodaxe Staying Alive trilogy: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004) and Being Human (2011). His other anthologies include the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets. He has published two novels, The End of My Tether, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World. He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry and was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books. He lives in Northumberland. (Photo © Pamela Robertson-Pearce)

Being Human is the third book in the Staying Alive poetry trilogy which has introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. The range of poetry here encompasses hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. There are more great poems from the 20th century as well as many recent poems of rare imaginative power from the first decade of the 21st century.


Gregory O'Donoghue winner & Prebooked Poetry Reading

Suji Kwock Kim wins the Gregory O'Donoghue Prize 2012Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry PrizeSaturday, 18 February at 4.00pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Free to attend. Ticketless event.

 

 


Gregory O'Donoghue Prize winner Suji Kwock Kim will be presenting a full reading, followed by eight poets in our prebooked reading event.

Suji Kwock Kim was educated at Yale College; the Iowa Writers' Workshop; Seoul National University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar; and Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow. Her first book of poems, Notes from the Divided Country (Louisiana State University Press, 2003) was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2002 Walt Whitman Award.

The eight poets have yet to publish a full collection, but in demonstration of the high standards for this line-up four of the poets are already signed-up for their debut collections. Cork-based Paul Casey and Afric McGlinchy have collections due later this year from Salmon and Corkwoman Mary Noonan has a collection due from Dedalus. Paula Cunnigham from Belfast is a winner of the £5,000 Hippocrates Poetry Prize. Rory Johnston is a septuagenarian from Waterford and a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing course at W.I.T. Donna Sandahl Sorensen is a British-born Dublin resident who received a commendation from the 2011 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition. Louis Mulcahy is from Kerry and is better known in many circles as a potter. He has a collection forthcoming from An Sagart in 2012. West Cork-based Alyn Fenn has been writing since 2005 and has won several short story competitions.

 


Katie Donovan, Damir Šodan & Patrick Warner reading

Katie Donovan at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalDamir Šodan at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalPatrick Warner at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalSaturday, 18 February at 7.00pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 

Katie Donovan was born in 1962 in County Wexford. She has published four books of poetry, all with Bloodaxe, most recently Rootling: New and Selected Poems (2010). She is co-editor, with Brendan Kennelly and A. Norman Jeffares, of the anthology Ireland’s Women: Writings Past and Present. She is the author of Irish Women Writers: Marginalised by Whom? (Raven Arts Press, 1988, 1991). With Brendan Kennelly she is the co-editor of Dublines (Bloodaxe, 1996), an anthology of writings about Dublin.


Damir Šodan, born 1964, is a Croatian poet, playwright and translator. He has published three volumes of poetry, amongst others, he has translated the works of Raymond Carver, Charles Simic, Leonard Cohen, Denis Johnson, Charles Bukowski and Richard Brautigan. His poetry has been frequently anthologized, and translated into a dozen languages. He has edited several anthologies.


Patrick Warner was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo in 1963. He immigrated to Canada in 1980 and since then has lived mostly in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has written three collections of poetry: All Manner of Misunderstanding (2001), There, there (2005) and Mole (2009). He is twice winner of the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize. In 2011 he published a novel, Double Talk. He works as a special collections librarian.

 


Gregory Orr & Billy Ramsell reading

Gregory Orr at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalBilly Ramsell at the Cork Spring Poetry FestivalSaturday, 18 February at 8.30pm
The Metropole Hotel, Cork
Tickets €6 (€5 concession)

 

 


In 1947, Gregory Orr was born in Albany, New York. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved (2005); The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems (2002) He is also the author of a memoir, The Blessing (Council Oak Books, 2002), which was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the fifty best non-fiction books the year, and three books of essays, including Poetry As Survival (2002) and Stanley Kunitz: An Introduction to the Poetry (1985).


Billy Ramsell was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. Complicated Pleasures, his debut collection, was published by the Dedalus Press, Dublin, in 2007. He has been shortlisted for a Strong Award and a Hennessy Award. He lives in Cork, where he co-runs an educational publishing company. In 2012 he takes up the editorship of the Irish domain on www.poetryinternational.org .

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The 2011 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

 

Catch the Moon

Catch the Moon (from left to right): Kathy D'Arcy, Shirley McClure, Anja Bakker, Tina Pisco, Geraldine Mitchell

 

View the 2011 Programme

Wednesday 16th February

Reception for the winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue Award & launch of A Boat to Heaven, a new Southword Editions title by Chinese poet Zhao Lihong
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7.15pm. Admission: Free.
(see page 25 of festival brochure)

 

Readings by Tomas Lieske, William Wall & James Harpur
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged. (see pages 8, 9 & 22 of festival brochure)

 

Thursday 17th February

Readings by Ian Wild, Alan Garvey & Pat Boran
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7.15pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.
(see pages 2, 7 & 23 of festival brochure)


Readings by Silke Scheuermann, Kristiina Ehin & Gabriel Rosenstock
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.
(see pages 6, 16 & 18 of festival brochure)

 

Friday 18th February

Readings by Catherine Smith, Matthew Sweeney & Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7.15pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.
(see pages 14, 19 & 20 of festival brochure)

 

Readings by Valérie Rouzeau, Lory Manrique-Hyland & Ian Duhig
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.
(see pages 5, 11 & 17 of festival brochure)

 

Saturday 19th February

Writing workshops at the Munster Literature Centre
Time: 11AM - 1PM. For more information, visit our Festival Workshop Page.

 

Silent Music by Adam Wyeth-- Book Launch
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 2pm. Admission: Free.
(see page 24 of festival brochure)

 

Catch the Moon Performance: Jane Clarke, Kathy D'Arcy, Shirley McClure & Tina Pisco
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 3.30 pm. Admission: Free.
(see page 3 of festival brochure)

 

Film Programme: The Lammas Hireling, In the Hands of Erato and a surprise vintage film from the 1960s.
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 5pm. Admission: Free.
(see page 26 of festival brochure)

 

Readings by Gerry Murphy, Dave Lordan & Julijana Velichkovska
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7.15pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.
(see pages 10, 13 & 21 of festival brochure)

 

Readings by Maram al-Massri, Leanne O’Sullivan & Patrick Cotter
Venue: The Douglas Vance Room, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.
(see pages 4, 12 & 15 of festival brochure)

 

 

 

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The 2010 Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Cork Spring Poetry Festival

The Itinerant Poetry Librarian and Cork writer Mary Leland.

 

View the 2010 programme.

Wednesday February 17th

 

7.30pm

Reception for winner of Gregory O'Donoghue Prize

 

8pm

Bernard O’Donoghue, Eugene O’Connell & Gerry Smyth

 

9pm

Ciaran O’Driscoll, Louis De Paor & Billy Ramsell 

 

Thursday February 18th

 

8pm

Derek Mahon & Matthew Geden 

 

9pm

Patrick Moran, Mary O’Malley & Liz O'Donoghue

 

Friday February 19th

 

6.30pm

Launch of Theo Dorgan's new collection, Greek, from Dedalus Press including wine reception. All welcome.

 

8pm

Mary Leland & Michael Coady

 

9pm

Martín Espada, Paula Meehan & Conal Creedon

 

Saturday February 20th

 

11am

Workshops

 

2.30pm

Slam Competition: 200 euro prize!

 

4pm

Desmond O’Grady & Martina Evans

 

8pm

Thomas McCarthy & Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

 

9pm

Jennifer Johnston, Denyse Woods & Adam Johnson

 

 

Also present throughout the festival will be the world-famous Itinerant Poetry Librarian!

 

 

 

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Éigse 1993 - 2009

 

 

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The Munster Literature Centre has been holding spring literary festivals since 1993. However, in previous years the festival has been called 'Éigse' (an Irish word meaning a gathering of poets and writers). In years past, the festival included a chapbook competition called ‘Fool For Poetry’,which has been replaced this year by the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize for a single poem. Éigse had a tradition of giving the festival a 'theme'. Past themes included 'Dinnsheanchas: Lore of Place' (2010), 'Humour & Irony' (2009), 'Belief & Unbelief' (2008), 'War & Politics' (2007) and 'Love & Desire' (2006).


Authors who have appeared previously at our festival include:

 

From America: Ilya Kaminsky, August Kleinzahler, Darcey Steinke, Brian Turner, Martín Espada.

From Britain: Colette Bryce, Rev. Jim Cotter, Toby Litt, Sarah Maguire, Fiona Pith-Kethley, Dan Rhodes, Neil Rollinson, Jo Shapcott, John Hartley Williams.

From Asia: Amir Or, Shan Sa, Yang Lian, Yasuhiro Yoshimoto.

From Europe: Andres Ehin, Barbara Korun, Ileana Malancioiu, Haaken Sandell, Hansjorg Schertenleib.

From Ireland: Ciaran Carson, Mary Morrissey, Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, J.P. Donleavy, Bernard MacLaverty, Patrick Galvin, Alan Titley, Mary Leland, Dennis O'Driscoll, Glen Patterson, Kerry Hardie, Medbh McGuckian, Marie Heaney, Mary O'Malley, Conal Creedon and many, many others.

 

 

 

 

Cork International Poetry Festival

14 - 17 February 2018

Cork International Poetry Festival