2013 Readings & Seminars Programme


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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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