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  • Poetry Ireland Newsis published bi-monthly by

    Poetry Ireland/igse ireann

    Designed & Edited by Paul Lenehan and David Maybury

    Director: Joseph WoodsAdministrator: Ayoma Bowe

    Publications Officer: Paul LenehanMedia Resources: David MayburyEducation Officer: Jane OHanlon

    (01) 475 8605WiS Development Officer: Anna Boner

    (01) 475 8601Development Education: Moira Cardiff

    Poetry Ireland, 2 Prouds Lane, D2Phone: (01) 4789974

    Fax: (01) 4780205E-mail: poetry@iol.ie

    Web: www.poetryireland.ie

    Poetry Ireland/igse ireann is grant-aided by both Arts Councils in Ireland

    Scala igse ireann

    Please send items for publication in the next issue no later than mid-April 2011.Due to space limitations, not every item received can be included in the newsletter.

    Visit our website at www.poetryireland.ie to view readings and events not included in this issue.

    POETRY IRELAND NEWSMarch / April 2011


    editorial / eagarfhocal

    Anne Carson will open this years Poetry Now festival in Dn Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with a keynote address entitled

    The Untranslatable (In All of Us). The festival runs from Thursday 24to Sunday 27 March, based at the Pavilion Theatre, and events

    include: a seminar to mark the centenary of the birth of Polish poetCzesaw Miosz (19112004), awarded the Nobel Prize in

    Literature in 1980; readings with Dave Lordan, Fiona Sampson,Michael Longley, Gerald Stern, Don Paterson and Nuala NDhomhnaill, among others; and the announcement of the winnersof the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Rupert and Eithne

    Strong Award. Full details available at www.poetrynow.ie

    The twelfth consecutive Franco-Irish Literary Festival, with atheme of Gnrations / Generations / Glnta, is based in The Coach

    House, Dublin Castle from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 April. This yearsfestival features bi-lingual readings, lectures and discussions withGenevive Brisac, Virginie Linhart, Phillippe Forest, EricFottorino, Vronique Ovald, Claude Arnaud, Mchel

    Conghaile, Caitrona OReilly, John Banville, Macdara Woods,Harry Clifton, Keith Ridgway and Paul Murray, among others.

    For full details, try www.francoirishliteraryfestival.com

    Galways Cirt Festival takes place from Tuesday 12 to Sunday17 April, and among the literary highlights are readings, launchesand discussions with Simon Armitage, Kevin Barry, Sujata

    Bhatt, Dermot Healy, Paul Murray, Dennis ODriscoll, andBloodaxe editor Neil Astley, who will launch Being Human, the

    companion anthology to Staying Alive and Being Alive. For a full programme go to www.galwayartscentre.ie

    Dear Subscribers,

    Im delighted to report that the Arts Council of Ireland / AnChomhairle Ealaon has maintained our funding at last years levels.This comes as a considerable affirmation for our organisation, andfor the services we provide and the work we do in these difficulteconomic times, and will ensure our vital support for writers andwriting is continued both island-wide and internationally. Thanks also to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for supportingthe exciting development of the extension of the Writers In SchoolsScheme to the North. Based on the success of and response to theBorder Crossings Project a pilot series of visits/residencies due tofinish this Easter we anticipate there will be considerable interestin schools programmes in Northern Ireland. Spring is upon us and so too are the festivals, be it the Poetry Nowin Dn Laoghaire, Cirt in Galway, or the Franco-Irish Literary festival in Dublin Castle. And to celebrate Dublins establishmentas an UNESCO capital of literature, DublinSwell will take place on18 March in the Convention Centre on North Wall Quay, for whatpromises to be an extraordinary night of literature and music; despite the size of the venue, the word is to book early. Lastly, congratulations to poet and former editor of Poetry IrelandReview Peter Sirr, who won the Michael Hartnett Award for hiscollection The Thing Is.

    Joseph Woods, Director


    LUNARDear pea-head, in your lunar languagetell us again how the world stirs,how things appear, hold still, drift;how the light startles and the dog eruptsat dawn to shout creation down,how smiles begin and faces blunder closethen far, and sing. Give us the seal-note,bird-trill, warble, let rip, tell uswhat the gods want of us, who your leader is,how to sing, like you, under the language,like stars, like submarines, like the spiritsof everything here, like a sleeve of wrensloosed from a hedgerow and lifted clear ...

    Peter Sirr, from The Thing Is

    Peter Sirr is the winner of the 2011 MichaelHartnett Poetry Award for his collection TheThing Is (Gallery Press), described by adjudicatorsJames Harpur, Thomas McCarthy and MaryOMalley as a work of great technical skill in verse-craft that is lifted beyond mere craft by the power ofreflective waiting. Peter Sirr, a previous winner ofthe Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, and formerDirector of the Irish Writers Centre, will acceptthe award at the opening of igse Michael Hartnett on Thursday April14 in Hartnetts home town of Newcastle West, Co Limerick(www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie). The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award /Gradam Bliantil Filochta i gCuimhne ar Mhchel hAirtnide isjointly funded by Limerick County Council and The Arts Council.

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  • readingslamha

    Poetry Ireland ReadingsAll Poetry Ireland events are admission free except where indicated. To confirm, use local contact details or tel. 01 4789974; e-mail info@poetryireland.ie

    Friday 4 March @ 6.30pmPoetry Ireland in association with Dublin Book Festival

    and Publishing Ireland presentsA Tribute to Steve MacDonogh (1949-2010) MacDonagh will be celebrated by speakers including

    Alice Taylor, Ken Bruen,Michael OBrien, Ronan Sheehan and Gerry Adams

    as well as through poetry, stories and music. The tribute will be followed by the launch of Steves final project

    with Brandon, Corca Dhuibhne by Liam ONeillT. 01 4151210 E. info@dublinbookfestival.com

    W. dublinbookfestival.com

    Saturday 19 March @ 11.30amPoetry Ireland is association with the SiarScal Festival

    presents Dermot BolgerThe Abbey Hotel, Abbey St, Roscommon, Co Roscommon

    T. 087 2628191 W. www.siarsceal.com

    Saturday 26 March @ 8pm Poetry Ireland in association with The Forge at Gort Festival

    presents Olaf Tyaransen & Clare SawtellAdmission: 4/3 Sullivan's Royal Hotel, Gort, Co Galway

    T. 091 564822 ext 312 E. sylfredcar@iolfree.ie

    Wednesday 30 March @ 7.30 pm Poetry Ireland in association with Doghouse Books presents Aidan Hayes, Mae Leonard, Karen OConnor,

    Anatoly Kudryavitsky & Tommy Frank OConnorSiamsa Tre Theatre, Tralee (Adm. 9/6)

    T. 066 7137547 E. info@doghousebooks.ie

    Thursday 31 March @ 6.30 pm Poetry Ireland presents Philip McDonaghaccompanied by harpist Lily Neill, launching

    her new CD, The Habit of a Foreign Sky.Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephens Green West, D2

    Thursday 31 March @ 6.30 pmPoetry Ireland in association with Over the Edge presents

    Miriam Gamble, with James Lawless & Anne McManus

    Galway City Library, St. Augustine St, GalwayT. 087 6431748

    E. over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com

    Tuesday 12 April @ 6.30 pm Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers Centre, The Royal Danish Embassy in Ireland, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ireland, NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad),

    The Finnish Embassy in Ireland, the Embassy of Sweden in Ireland and the Swedish Arts Council presents a

    Nordic Night of poets and poetry featuringTua Forsstrm, Jan Erik Rekdal,

    Morten Sondergaard & Eva RunefeltIrish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, D1

    T. 01 8721302 E. info@writerscentre.ie

    Sunday 1 May @ 3.00pmPoetry Ireland in association with Strokestown International

    Poetry Festival presents Peter FallonStrokestown Park House, Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

    T. 071 9633 690 E. director@strokestownpoetry.orgW. www.strokestownpoetry.org

    Monday 2 May @ 1.15pmPoetry Ireland in association with Drogheda Arts Festival

    presents Michael OLoughlin Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co Louth

    T. 041 9833946 E. info@droghedaartsfestival.ieW. www.droghedaartsfestival.ie (Adm. 8)

    Thursday 5 May @ 6.30 pmPoetry Ireland in association with Doghouse Books presents

    the launch of Via Crucis by David Butlerand Capering Moons by Anatoly Kudryavitsky.

    Damer Hall, 112 St Stephens Green West, D2

    Steve MacDonogh Dermot Bolger

    Anatoly Kudryavitsky

    Olaf Tyaransen Philip McDonagh

    Miriam Gamble Tua Forsstrm Michael OLoughlinPeter Fallon

    Tommy Frank OConnor

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  • educationoiliint

    the write residency by enda wyleyPoetry Ireland has over the years sponsored andsupported many valuable Writer in Residenceprogrammes in schools throughout the country.Poet and Childrens writer Enda Wyley is thecurrent Writer in Residence at Loreto DalkeySecondary School, sponsored by Poetry Ireland

    and supported by Loreto Dalkey staff andpupils. Here, she describes exercises and

    approaches she uses in the poetry workshops she runs for Transition Year students.

    We each hold the amethyst at the beginning and the end ofevery poetry workshop. It is lilac at the jagged tips, dark purple in the centre and is said to be the stone of inspiration.So, we pass it from hand to hand, each person telling the restof us a piece of news or something they remembered, over-heard or noticed since last we met two cats fighting, anangel made of snow, a chimney on fire. Poetry is after all, tobe found in the d