2018 Events

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Tuesday, 13 Febuary

 

Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner poetry reading
6.30pm
Farmgate Café, English Market
Admission FREE with purchase of beverage

A reading of poets who have featured in the Irish Examiner's poetry pages this year.

 

 

eBook Launch: Leanne O'Sullivan's A Quarter of an Hour
8.30pm
The Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place
Admission: €5 or
FREE with book purchase
Tickets available at the door

Leanne O'Sullivan has published three collections with Bloodaxe Books. Her second collection Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009) draws on myths from her native West Cork and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010. In 2009, O'Sullivan was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011. Her work has been included in various anthologies, including Selina Guinness's The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) and Billy Collins's Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003). This event is the launch of her fourth collection A quarter of an hour.

eA quarter of an hour
“In 2013, Leanne O’Sullivan’s husband Andrew suffered a severe infection in his brain …. When he finally woke it immediately became clear that his memory had been almost completely destroyed; he didn’t even know his wife. More present and visual to him were the birds and wild animals that he believed he could see during his recovery …. This became the starting point for poems that deal not simply with personal memory and recovery, but also the ways in which, collectively, even globally, we are trying (or not) to save entire species of plants and animals that we are now actually losing because of human activity. Nature has a voice that can speak back. “
–Bloodaxe Books

 

 

Wednesday, 14 February

WaterstonesCork Poets do Love
11am
Waterstones, Patrick Street
Admission: FREE

A reading of love poems by selected poets from this year's festival.


Geraldine Mitchell & Mark Roper
2.30pm
Cork City Library

Admission: FREE

eGeraldine Mitchell has published three collections with Arlen House, the most recent Mounatins for Breakfast, in 2017. She was the 2008 winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Her other publications include two novels for young people and a biography of Muriel Gahan. Having lived in France, Algeria and Spain for many years, she now lives on the Mayo coast.

wMark Roper's 2012 collection, A Gather of Shadow was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. With photographer Paddy Dwan, he has published The River Book and The Backstrand and is writing a book about the Comeragh Mountains (forthcoming in 2018). He has written librettos for two operas composed by Eric Sweeney. His 2017 collection, Bindweed was published by Dedalus Press.


William Wall & Graham Allen
4pm
Cork City Library

Admission: FREE

wWilliam Wall has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Yellow House (Salmon, 2017). He is the first European Winner of the Drue Heinz Prize Literature Prize and the author of the multi-prize-winning short story collection The Islands (University of Pittsburgh Press) along with two other collections of short fiction and four novels. His work has been translated into many languages and he translates from Italian.

eGraham Allen was the winner of the 2010 Listowel Single Poem Prize and has been shortlisted for The Crashaw Prize, THe Strong/Salt Prize, the Listowel First Collection Prize, and the Fool for Poetry Prize. His poem "Bright Star for David Bowie" was RTE poem of the week in December 2016 and was a recommended poem in the 2017 Listowel Best Irish Poem of the Year Award. New Binary Press have published his collections The One That Got Away (2014) and The Madhouse System (2016) along with an ongoing e-poem, Holes: Decade One. He is Professor of English at University College Cork.


 

Bloodaxe Books Film
7pm
Cork Arts Theatre
€6

astleyScreening of the film In Person: World Poets - a series or intimate readings from poets who contributed to Bloodaxe’s epynomous anthology. It is the second poetry DVD-anthology produced by Bloodaxe, pioneers of the form. Edited from 14 hours of footage it features the broadest geographic span of poets from Malawi to India, Australia and Brasil. Film-maker Pamela Robertson-Pearce and the anthology's editor Neil Astley will introduce the film.

Film director Pamela Robertson-Pearce has won the Swiss Film Board’s Prize for Outstanding Quality and the Gold Apple Award at the National Educational Film and Video Festival in America for her 1996 film IMAGO: Meret Oppenheim.

Bloodaxe editor and founder Neil Astley’s many books include the Staying Alive trilogy of anthologies.


Alibhe Ní Ghearbhuigh & Ishion Hutchinson
8.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
€6

ailbheAilbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh has published two collections in Irish, Péacadh (Coscéim, 2008) and Tost agus Allagar (Coscéim, 2016). Her most recent collection, The Coast Road, features her poems translated by thirteen poets including Vona Groarke, Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. Ní Ghearbhuigh's poem, 'Filleadh ar an gCathari', was chosen as Ireland's EU Presidency Poem in 2013 and was shorlisted in 2015 for RTÉ's 'A Poem for Ireland'. Having grown up in an Irish-speaking family in Kerry she has taught in France and as a fullbright scholar in New York. She now lives in Cork.

hIshion Hutchinson is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Born in Jamaica, he now teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University and is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.

 

A.B. Jackson & Brian Turner
10pm
Cork Arts Theatre
€6

dA.B. Jackson won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection with Fire Stations (Anvil, 2003). His most recent collection, The Wilderness Party (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His forthcoming third collection is a version of the legend of St Brendan and his sea voyage.

wBrian Turner served in the US army for seven years with deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. His 2005 collection Here, Bullet (first published in the US by Alice James Books) received nine major literary awards including a 2006 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2007 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry. His second collection, Phantom Noise, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize (Bloodaxe, 2010). His memoir My Life as a Foregin Country was published by Jonathan Cape in 2014. He is the inaugural John Montague International Poetry Fellow.

 

 

Thursday, 15 February

Mary O'Donnell & Jean O'Brien
2.30pm
Cork City Library

Admission: FREE

eMary O'Donnell’s seventh poetry collection, Those April Fevers, was published in 2015 by Arc Publications. She has also published two short story collections and four novels including the highly praised Where They Lie (2014). A full critical volume of essays on her work, Giving Shape to the Moment: the Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Short-story writer, Novelist, will be published in 2018. She is a member of Aosdana.

eJean O'Brien's fifth collection, Fish on a Bicycle; New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon Poetry in 2016. Winner of the Arvon International Poetry Prize and the Fish International Poetry Prize amongst others, her work is widely published and broadcast. She holds an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin and teaches creative writing.

Grey Hen Press
4pm
Cork City Library

Admission: FREE

rGrey Hen Press is an independant press that showcases the work of women over 50. Collecting poems in themed anthologies they publish well-known poets alongside the unfamiliar. The press is based in Cumbria.

Julia Deakin, Angela Kirby, Joy Howard and Char March will read their work at this event. Find out about the them here.

 

Yang Lian & Rory Waterman
7pm
Cork Arts Theatre
€6

lYang Lian grew up in Beijing where his work was banned in 1989 for his reaction against the Cultural Revolution. Bloodaxe have published four collections of his poetry in translation. Other publications include a long poem Yi (Green Integer) and a selected works (Shearsman, 2008). He was co-editor of Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Bloodaxe Books, 2012), and was awarded the International Nonino Prize in that year. Both Where the Sea Stands Still and Narrative Poem are Poetry Book Society Recommended Translations.

eRory Waterman's début collection Tonight the Summer's Over (Carcanet, 2013) was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize. His second collection, Sarajevo Roses, has just been published by Carcanet. He co-runs New Walk Editions, and writes for the TLS and other publications. He is senior lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University.

 

Aleš Šteger & Silke Scheuermann
8.30pm
Cork Arts Theatre
€6

alesAleš Šteger was awarded the 2016 International Bienek Prize and described as "one of the most original European poets writing today". Translations of his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Boston Review, and the TLS. He has collaborated with acclaimed visual artists, musicians and the film director Peter Zach. He is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts.

nSilke Scheuermann's first collection, translated as The Day on which the Sea Gulls Sang in Two Parts, received the prestigious Leonce-und-Lena-Preishas prize. Scheuermann has written two subsequent poetry collections, a short-story collection (Rich Girls, Schoffling & Co.) and a novel translated as The Hour Between Dog and Wolf (And Other Stories). Her work has been translated into languages including Chinese, Thai, Sweedish and Arabic. She was the 2016 recipient of the Berthold-Brecht-Literaturpreis and is a member of PEN Germany.

 

Medbh McGuckian & Aifric MacAodha
10pm
Cork Arts Theatre
€6


wMedbh McGuckian has published 13 collections with the Gallery Press and a Selected Poems. She has held residencies at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, Berkley and received the American Ireland Fund Literary Award (1998). Her poem “She Is in the Past, She Has This Grace" won the 2002 Forward Prize for best poem. She is a member of Aosdána.

mAifric MacAodha's first collection, Gabháil Syrinx, was published by An Sagart in 2010. Foreign News is her first collection with The Gallery Press (translations by David Wheatley, 2017). Mac Aodha has lectured in old and modern Irish at UCD and taught in St Petersburg, New York and Canada. She now lives in Dublin and is the Irish language editor of Gorse.

 

Friday, 16 February

Poetry Bus Journal
2.30pm
Admission: FREE

iPoetry Bus began as an online experiment with people around the world writing at a co-ordinated time (the name comes the project's similarity with telling stories on a bus). In its eight year evolution it has become a vibrant print and audio showcase of new art, poetry, flash fiction and reviews. It features "experimental poetry, dramatic monologues and plenty helpings of the demotic which is only to be expected on the egalitarian bus." (Irish Times, Dec. 3, 2015) Each issue includes a CD with recordings of poems, flash fiction and original songs.

 

Annemarie Ní Churreáin & Adam White
Cork City Library, 4pm

Admission: FREE

nAnnemarie Ní Churreáin’s poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review and The Stinging Fly where she was the featured poet for summer 2017. Doire Press published her debut collection, Bloodroot in 2017. She has received fellowships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany) and Jack Kerouac House (Florida). She is a co-founder of the Upstart Arts Collectiveand was appointed to the Writers in Prisons pannel in 2017. Originally from Donegal, she now lives in Dublin.

nAdam White's debut collection Accurate Measurements (Doire Press, 2014) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection. His second collection What Else Is There? was published in 2017. He lives and works as a secondary school English teacher in France.

A.K. Blakemore & Elaine Cosgrove
Cork Arts Theatre, 7pm
€6

nA. K. Blakemore’s first collection, Humbert Summer, was released in 2015, and her second, Fondue, is forthcoming from Offord Road Books. She has been widely published, with her work appearing in magazines including Poetry London, Poetry Review and Ambit. She lives and works in London.

vElaine Cosgrove has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Bohemyth and The New Binary Press. Her work was selected for the anthology Best New British & Irish Poets (Eyewear Publishing, 2017) and was longlisted for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. She holds an M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. Transmissions (Dedalus Press, 2017) is her debut collection.

 

Ken Babstock & Sina Queyras
Cork Arts Theatre, 8.30pm
€6

nKen Babstock has published five collections with Anansi press, including Airstream Land Yacht which won the Trillium Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. His work has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Serbo-Croatian and Latvian. He lives in Toronto.

sinaSina Queyras is the author of the poetry collections, My Ariel, MxT, Expressway and Lemon Hound all from Coach House. Her work has won Poetry Magazine's The Friends of Poetry Award, a Pushcart Prize and a Lambda. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets for Persea Books. Her first novel, Autobiography of Childhood (Coach House Books), was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides. She is the founding editor of Lemon Hound.

 

Mary O'Malley & Patricia Smith
Cork Arts Theatre, 10pm
€6

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Mary O'Malley has published nine collections, four with Salmon Poetry and the most recent five with Carcanet. Born in Conemarra, she lectured in Lisbon for eight years. She served on the council of Poetry Ireland and is the author of the Cuirt International Poetry Festival educational program.
Her poetry has won the Henessey award and the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy award.

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Patricia Smith is the author of eight collections. Shoulda been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012) won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2013) was a National Book Award finalist. She has also written a book for children, a history, and has co-edited a crime fiction anthology. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review and Best American Essays. She is a two-time winner of the Pushcart prize, four time winner of the National Poetry Slam and a Guggenheim fellow.

 

Saturday, 17 February

Fool for Poetry and Gregory O'Donoghue Prizegiving
Cork City Library, 3pm

Admission: FREE

A reading by the Fool for Poetry chapbook competition winners Molly Mintern (overall winner) and Bernadette McCarthy (second prize). Also at this event, a reading of the winning poems of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition (winners will be announced in January).

Introductions Readings
Cork City Library, 4.30pm

Admission: FREE

The Prebooked Introductions Reading will feature Irish poets who have yet to publish a full-length collection. Applications can be made here.

 

 

Jan Wagner & Igor Kilkovac
Cork Arts Theatre, 7pm
€6

eJan Wagner has published six poetry collections. A selection in English (Self-Portrait With a Swarm of Bees, translated by Iain Galbraith) was published by Arc in 2015. As a translator he has worked with the poems of Charles Simic, Simon Armitage, Matthew Sweeney, Robin Robertson and others. Awards received include the Leipzig Bookfair Award (2015) and the Georg-Büchner-Award (2017). He lives in Berlin.

klikovacIgor Klikovac is a Bosnian poet living in London since 1993. His work has been published in Bosnia, countries of former Yugoslavia, Britain and elsewhere. He is working on the translation of his first full volume to be published in English with Irish poet John Mcauliffe.

 

Emily Berry & Fran Lock
Cork Arts Theatre, 8.30pm
€6

cEmily Berry’s first book of poems, Dear Boy, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. A selection of her work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I’m Scared We Can’t Win (Penguin, 2016). Her second poetry collection, Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2017. She edits The Poetry Review.

fran lockFran Lock is the author of three poetry collections, Dogtooth (Out- Spoken Press, 2017), The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt Publishing, 2014), and Flatrock (Little Episodes Publishing, 2011). She was featured in the 2017 Laudanum Chapbook anthology: Volume Two. Her most recent chapbook, Muses and Bruises, is a collaboration with artist Steve Burgess and was published by Manifesto Press in 2017. Lock has placed third in the Brittish National Poetry Competition (2014) winning the Ambit Poetry Competition the same year.

 

D.A. Powell & Jane Yeh
Cork Arts Theatre, 10pm
€6

dD. A. Powell received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his 2012 collection Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf). Other honours include the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Repast (Graywolf) is his most recent collection. He teaches at University of San Francisco.

lJane Yeh’s debut collection, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for her second collection, The Ninjas. She lectures in Creative Writing at the Open University and lives in the U.K.

 

Cork International Poetry Festival

13 - 17 February 2018

Cork International Poetry Festival

 

 

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