Thursday, May 19th

Gerry Murphy: Celebrating 70 Years

2.30pm, Cork City Library | Free

To mark the poet Gerry Murphy’s seventieth year, this special event features friends of the poet reading their favourite poems of his, reaching from the present back to the early 80s.

gerry_murphyGerry Murphy is an Irish poet, born in Cork in 1952. His latest collection is The Humours of Nothingness (2020). He has published two chapbooks with Southword Editions, My Life as a Stalinist and Kissing Maura O’Keeffe, as well as Pocket Apocalypse, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska. Murphy’s own poems form the basis for a live poetry-and-music show by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, entitled The People’s Republic of Gerry Murphy, which ran at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival in 2010 to considerable critical success. He is a member of Aosdána.

Buy Murphy's collections from Dedalus Press.

“Murphy’s voice is salacious, funny, pithy, angry-making, often verging on the side-of-the-mouth and, dare one add, tender. — Fred Johnston, Poetry Ireland Review

Dean Browne won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2021 and his pamphlet, Kitchens at Night, was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition; it was published by Smith|Doorstop in 2022. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Banshee, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Review, PN Review, Southword, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere.

Jack Healy is a Cork city based actor and playwright. He has written scripts for The Everyman Palace Cork, RTÉ Radio, and Macra Na Feirme. He has also written extensively for children. His play, The Man in the Moon (with Enda Walsh and based on a story of Jack’s) was premiered at the Deptford Studios London in 2009.

Katherine O’Donnell is Associate Professor, History of Ideas UCD School of Philosophy, University College Dublin. She has published widely in Irish cultural history and is a member of Justice for Magdalenes Research.

Liz O'Donoghue: born North Cork 1960. She’s a mother, teacher, writer and film maker. Greatest achievement: her son. Best reading: Shanghai International Literary Festival 2010 on St Patrick’s Day. Favourite achievement: screening of Murphy’s Wall in the 2011 Cork Film Festival. Presently: working on her second memoir.

Billy Ramsell’s most recent collection, The Architect’s Dream of Winter, was published in 2013 and recently appeared in Italian translation. His recent work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry London, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals and events around the world. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.


Ciaran O’Driscoll & Adam Wyeth

4.00pm, Cork City Library | Free

ciaran_o_driscollCiaran O’Driscoll lives in Limerick. A member of Aosdána, he has published ten books of poetry, including Gog and Magog (1987), Moving On, Still There: New & Selected Poems (2001), and Life Monitor (2009). His work has been translated into many languages. His fourth collection, The Old Women of Magione, was translated into Italian in 2006, and a Selected Poems in Slovene translation was published in 2013. Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves (2001). His novel, A Year’s Midnight, was published by Pighog Press (2012). His most recent publication is his seventh full collection, Angel Hour (SurVision Books, 2021).

Buy Angel Hour from Survision Books and visit the poet's website.

“Sombre offbeat humour unusually allied to a social conscience; reformers don’t often relax into the bellylaugh ... he transforms these details into a semi-surrealist vision of our world ... We need such hard-won high spirits.” — John Montague


Adam Wyeth Adam Wyeth is a recipient of The Kavanagh Fellowship Award and has five books published with Salmon Poetry: Silent Music, Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize; The Art of Dying, an Irish Times Book of the Year; essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry; drama, This Is What Happened. His latest book about:blank received an Arts Council Ireland Literature Project Award and was selected by the Abbey Theatre to develop it into an audio-immersive production. It premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. Adam is an Associate Artist of the Civic Theatre and researcher for the RTÉ Poetry Programme.

Buy about:blank from Salmon Poetry and visit the poet's website.

“Adam Wyeth’s work is fresh and intriguing, alive with imaginative riffs, grave humour and more besides – it rewards close attention.” — Derek Mahon

matthew_gedenMatthew Geden (moderator) was born and brought up in the English Midlands, moving to Kinsale in 1990. He is the Writer in Residence for Cork County Library and Arts Service, teaches on the MA Creative Writing course at UCC and runs Kinsale Writing School. His publications include The Place Inside (Dedalus Press) and Fruit (SurVision Books). A new collection is due out in the autumn.

Buy The Place Inside from Dedalus Press.


Liz Berry & Annemarie Ní Churreáin

7.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Tickets €5

liz_berryLiz Berry's first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) received a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. Liz's latest collection is The Dereliction (Hercules Editions, 2021), a collaboration with photographer Tom Hicks.

Buy The Dereliction from Hercules Editions and visit the poet's website.

“Alongside the tender, heart-breaking moments, there’s humour and a visceral energy. These poems transport you, there’s something primal in their intimacy.” — Degna Stone

annemarie_ni_churreainAnnemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017), Town (The Salvage Press, 2018) and The Poison Glen (The Gallery Press, 2021). She is an Arts Council recipient of The Next Generation Artist Award and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. Ní Churreáin is a previous literary fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, and The Jack Kerouac House, Orlando. Ní Churreáin is the 2022 Guest Editor of The Stony Thursday Book Issue 44. She lectures at the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture, IT Sligo.

Buy The Poison Glen from the Gallery Press and visit the poet's website.

“What a gift Annemarie Ni Churreáin is to contemporary Irish poetry, what an absolute gift to this nation from Donegal. She has given us a masterpiece in this, her first Gallery Press book, The Poison Glen.” — Thomas McCarthy, Dublin Review of Books

afric_mcglincheyAfric McGlinchey (moderator) is a multi-award-winning poet from West Cork, Ireland. Her collections are The lucky star of hidden things and Ghost of the Fisher Cat (Salmon Poetry), both with Italian translations published by L’Arcolaio. A surrealist pamphlet, Invisible Insane (SurVision) appeared in 2019. Her most recent publication is Tied to the Wind, a hybrid childhood memoir, published by Broken Sleep Books.

Buy Tied to the Wind from Broken Sleep Books and visit the poet's website.


Lila Matsumoto & Martha Sprackland

8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Tickets €5

lila_matsumotoLila Matsumoto’s poetry publications include Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water (Prototype), which is a Winter 2021 Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Urn & Drum (Shearsman), Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press). She plays in the bands Food People and Cloth and teaches creative writing and poetics at the University of Nottingham.

Buy Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water from Prototype Publishing and visit the poet's website.

“A real quantum strangeness abounds in Lila Matsumoto’s poems – actual glimpses of life’s fast-running plurality, all the sprouting impressions and perspectives, in misleadingly tidy sentences that unfold like intricate inventions.” — Sam Riviere

martha_spracklandMartha Sprackland is an editor, writer and translator from the north of England. She was co-founder–editor of Cake magazine, multilingual arts zine La Errante and the independent publishing house Offord Road Books. Previously an editor at Faber and Poetry London, she is now poetry editor for CHEERIO Publishing. Following two pamphlets, Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade Books, 2018), Martha’s debut collection of poems, Citadel (LUP, 2020) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Costa Poetry Award and the John Pollard International Poetry Prize. She is currently writing fiction.

Buy Citadel from LUP and visit the poet's website.

“Martha Sprackland’s poems are virtuosic in their timing, texture, and detailed evocation. From poems of the hospital to poems of the shore, this is a fierce and fresh debut that rings with courage and intelligence. Citadel will seize you by the heart and lead you into deep and resonant territories, and when you return you will find yourself changed, strange to yourself, and wondrously enriched.” — Fiona Benson

patrick_cotterPatrick Cotter (moderator) is an Irish poet, born in Cork City where he still lives and works. His poems have been published in journals such as the Financial Times, The London Review of Books, Poetry and Poetry Review. He is a recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages and he has given readings of his work across the Northern Hemisphere. Sonic White Poise is his third full-length collection.

Buy Sonic White Poise from Dedalus and visit the poet's website.


Eleanor Hooker & Mark Waldron

10.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Tickets €5

eleanor_hookerEleanor Hooker’s third collection Of Ochre and Ash (Dedalus Press) and her chapbook Legion (Bonnefant Press) were published in 2021. A recipient of the Markievicz Award 2021, her collection Where Memory Lies (Ponc Press) will be published this year. Her plague poems chapbook is forthcoming from Salvage Press. Eleanor holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria, and a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University. Eleanor is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. She’s a helm and Press Officer for Lough Derg RNLI. She began her career as a nurse and midwife.

Buy Hooker's collections from Dedalus Press and visit the poet's website.

“urgent, haunted poems with a subtle range of approach; they are many-faceted works, reflecting the fragmented strangeness of experience.” — Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

mark_waldronMark Waldron has published four poetry collections, his most recent, Sweet, like Rinky-Dink, with Bloodaxe Books in 2019. He was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. In 2018 The Sunday Times listed him among the seven best poetry performers in the UK. He’s been published widely in newspapers and magazines in the UK and the US, and his work has been translated into Spanish, Romanian and Serbian.

Buy Sweet, like Rinky-Dink from Bloodaxe Books.

“I get nervous for Mark Waldron’s readers – I can hear them begin to laugh a little, becoming too comfortable too quickly, while reading a poem of his and I want to warn them. I want to yell at them to get out of the way, tell them that what’s really happening is that they are about to get their hearts broken. Poor monkeys.” — Matthew Dickman

afric_mcglincheyAfric McGlinchey is a multi-award-winning poet from West Cork, Ireland. Her collections are The lucky star of hidden things and Ghost of the Fisher Cat (Salmon Poetry), both with Italian translations published by L’Arcolaio. A surrealist pamphlet, Invisible Insane (SurVision) appeared in 2019. Her most recent publication is Tied to the Wind, a hybrid childhood memoir, published by Broken Sleep Books.

Buy Tied to the Wind from Broken Sleep Books and visit the poet's website.


Image credits: Eleanor Hooker photographed by George Hooker