30 June in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

 

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An Chúirt Chruitireachta is a major annual harping festival that’s taking place in Co. Louth this year and I’m delighted to join harpist Úna Ní Fhlannagáin for the opening concert, Oscail an Doras. Úna is the funkiest harper around and it’s always a joy to hear her perform her own eclectic compositions. We’ve collaborated before, at the Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer back in 2015, but we’ve been working on new material for the gig at the beautiful Beaulieu House in Termonfeckin. Tickets are available here and further information about An Chúirt Chruitireachta can be found here.

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RTÉ Raidió na Gaelachta – Meascra

Scríobhas aiste raidió do shraith nua – Meascra – atá á craoladh ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta gach Déardaoin ag 16.10. Is féidir éisteacht siar leis an bpíosa anseo. Machnamh atá ann ar an anáil, an Ríordánach, galar scamhóg agus saolú linbh.

Craolaodh míreanna le Sinéad Ní Uallacháin agus Tristan Rosenstock ar an gclár céanna – b’fhiú go mór cluas a thabhairt dóibh.

Mo bhuíochas le Marcus Mac Conghail agus Macalla Teoranta as an gcuireadh píosa próis a chumadh don gclár.

Ómós do Liam Ó Muirthile

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Beidh ócáid ar siúl i Leabharlann na Cathrach i gCorcaigh ag 7 tráthnóna inniu in ómós do Liam Ó Muirthile. Is mar chuid den Cork Work Book Fest a bheidh mé féin, Louis de Paor agus Mícheál Ó hUanacháin ag caint faoi shaothar Uí Mhuirthile a d’imigh ar shlí na fírinne bliain ó shin, nach mór. Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam.

Tá go leor imeachtaí eile ar chlár na féile: seoladh leabhair Thomas McCarthy oíche Dhéardaoin, agus beidh file ón gCatalóin, Sílvia Aymerich-Lemos, ag caint Dé Sathairn, mar shampla.

Words Lightly Spoken

Here is a link to the podcast Words Lightly Spoken which was posted on the RTÉ website yesterday. With thanks to the producer, Claire Cunningham.

In this episode of the new Arts Council-funded podcast Words Lightly Spoken, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh reads her poem Filleadh ón Antartach, and the English translation, Return from Antarctica, by Billy Ramsell, from her collection The Coast Road, published by The Gallery Press.

Cork International Poetry Festival

 

It was lovely to read with Leanne O’Sullivan on Saturday afternoon at the Cork International Poetry Festival. John Fitzgerald introduced us and facilitated the Q&A afterwards. Really enjoyed the festival from start to finish. Kudos to Pat Cotter, James O’Leary and the Munster Literature Centre.

 

Reading Cork

Cork International Poetry Festival

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The Cork International Poetry Festival is kicking off today and will continue until Saturday night. It’s great to see so many Irish-language poets included on the programme – Caitríona Ní Chléirchín & Simon Ó Faoláin will read together in the City Library on Grand Parade on Friday at 4pm. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will read with David Harsent on Friday night at 10pm at Cork Arts Theatre. And I was chuffed to get the call-up to read alongside Leanne O’Sullivan on Saturday afternoon at 4pm at Cork Arts Theatre. This event is instead of a public interview with Marie Howe, whose book Magdalene I enjoyed reading late last year. So while it’s a pity we won’t get to hear from Marie Howe, I’m looking forward to sharing a stage with Leanne for the first time, a poet whose work I have admired since her first collection, Waiting for my Clothes.

Launch of ‘Calling Cards’

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Wednesday 21st November at 7pm in Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1.

The Gallery Press and Poetry Ireland present the lauch of Calling Cards, an anthology of ten younger Irish poets with translations into English.

In a novel partnership between Poetry Ireland and The Gallery Press Calling Cards introduces a new generation of Irish-language poets to a wider audience. This vibrant anthology includes prize-winning authors of several collections as well as three who have yet to publish a book. The translators include some of Ireland’s finest poets. Edited by Peter Fallon and Aifric Mac Aodha.

Poems in Irish
Máirtín Coilféir • Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird • Aifric Mac Aodha • Marcus Mac Conghail • Caitríona Ní Chléirchín • Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh • Doireann Ní Ghríofa • Caitlín Nic Íomhair • Simon Ó Faoláin • Stiofán Ó hIfearnáin

Translations
Colette Bryce • Ciaran Carson • Peter Fallon • Alan Gillis • Medbh McGuckian • Paul Muldoon • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin • Peter Sirr • David Wheatley

Available to pre-order

Published: November 2018
RRP: €12.95 paperback / €18.95 hardback
ISBN PBK: 978 1 91133 755 3
ISBN HBK: 978 1 91133 756 0