Double Shot @ Books Upstairs – Round 2!

For those of you who missed the first round, Double Shot is a series of poetry readings that seeks to pair emerging and established poets in the wonderful environs of the new Books Upstairs venue on D’Olier Street. Our first session at the end of February was a real success, and an all-round lovely evening. Come along – and spread the word!

We’re excited to have Angela Carr and Eleanor Hooker reading on Wednesday the 18th, with emerging poet Ciaran O’Rourke providing an introduction.

As a taster, you can read a selection of Eleanor Hooker’s poems from her Strong/ Shine nominated collection The Shadow Owner’s Companion on the Poetry International website here. More poems from our readers to follow!

Tickets for Double Shot can be booked here

Double Shot March FINAL 090315

Poems for Peace

I’m delighted to be reading as part of a great line up of poets this Thursday in TCD. Hoping to brush up a few new poems for the event. I also like that my name has been added some well-needed exoticism by a stray ‘z’ that’s somehow got into the mix…:)

Embedded image permalink

If ever You Go: A Northside Dublin Perspective

Here’s some info on a great initiative by Near FM to have a number of poets discuss their poems in If Ever You Go – specially focusing on the north side poems in the book. I was delighted to go out to Near FM to talk to them late last year.

Nearfm launch brand new poetry radio series Northside Dublin radio station reinterpret Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2014 

‘I have long admired NEAR FM’s commitment to its community of listeners, and in particular its longstanding practice of turning listeners into broadcasters — our own stories, told by ourselves to ourselves, with a welcome for anyone happening to listen in. Paddy Kavanagh would have approved, there was a man who knew that all universal truths have their roots in a particular place at a particular time.’ – Theo Dorgan

Nearfm have produced a ten part radio series reinterpreting the Dublin: One City One Book ‘If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song’ edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth. This series takes a unique look at the book from a northside Dublin perspective by focusing on the poems, poets and songs associated with Northside Dublin.

The series features many well known poets reciting and being interviewed about the poems they have featured in the book including Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan and Dermot Bolger as well as up and coming poets such as Colm Keegan, Jessica Traynor and Alan Jude Moore .

Contributions also come from Poetry Ireland, Dedalus Press, Dublin City of Literature, Trinity College Dublin and St David’s Boys National School in north Dublin. There are also well known ballads performed by Gerry Cooley, Vincent Smith and Stephen Heffernan.

The series will be broadcast on Nearfm over 5 weeks in March, with two episodes a week broadcasting back to back on Mondays from 6-7pm from Monday March 2nd – Monday March 30th 2015.

This series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision Scheme.

You can listen to the podcasts of the first two episodes here