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Solidarity for Ashraf Fayadh
This year we will dedicate the Cork International Poetry Festival to Ashraf Fayadh in an effort to keep up pressure on the Saudis. We will collect a petition aimed at the Irish department of Foreign Affairs to intervene. Read more about Ashraf Fayadh in The Guardian.
Tickets are available to purchase from the Cork Arts Theatre box office: 021 4505624 / firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.corkartstheatre.com
Wednesday, 10 February
Irish Examiner poem series reading
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 Dreadful magazine showcase
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
O'Donoghue Prizewinner Reading & Pre-booked Poetry Reading
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
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
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
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
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!
Annual Love Poem Reading
A reading by selected poets from this year's festival, specially themed for Valentine's Day.
Cork International Poetry Festival
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