Saturday, March 23rd

Notes on booking tickets:
Early bird bookings will be available here soon. Ticket prices are inclusive of booking fees. All library events are free.

Gregory O'Donoghue Prize Reading & Southword Showcase

3.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre (€5)
Issue 36 of Southword €5 (half price) with ticket purchase
Tickets available soon

At this event the winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition will receive their prize and read from a selection of their poems. The winner will be announced in January. The winning poem will also appear in issue 36 of Southword, which will be launched at this event (other readers TBA).


Marie Howe

4.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre (€5)
Tickets available soon

Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry: Magdalene: Poems (W.W. Norton, 2017); The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W.W. Norton, 2009); What the Living Do (1997); and The Good Thief (1988). She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others.


Paul Durcan

7.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre (€10)
Tickets available soon

Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1974, was Poet in Residence at the Frost Place, New Hampshire, in 1985, and Writer in Residence at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1990.  His books include Endsville (1967), The Berlin Wall Café (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), A Snail in My Prime (1993), The Art of Life (2004), The Laughter of Mothers (2007), Life is a Dream (2009), Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being (2012) and The Days of Surprise (2015). In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2004 to 2007. He was conferred with a DLitt by Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and by University College Dublin in 2011. He is a member of Aosdána.


Kim Addonizio & Kathryn Maris

8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre (€5)
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Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin). She recently collaborated on a chapbook, The Night Could Go in Either Direction (Slapering Hol) with poet Brittany Perham.

Kathryn Maris was born on Long Island and later moved to New York City. She now lives in London. She has taught poetry at Boston University, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Morley College, Kingston University, The Arvon Foundation, and, currently, the Poetry School in London. Her full-length collections include The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006), God Loves You (Seren, 2013), and The House with Only an Attic and a Basement (Penguin, 2018). She has also published a pamphlet, 2008 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016).



Billy Collins

10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre (€10)
Tickets available soon

Billy Collins is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.