Sunday, July 01, 2007

Ledbury Poetry Festival: What's on Today

Sunday 1st July at the Ledbury Festival

Bernard O'Donoghue and Theo Dorgan
Burgage Hall 12.15pm – 1.15pm £8
Bernard O’Donoghue, a very fine poet and reader, won the Whitbread Prize for the second of his five collections. His most recent work, a verse translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, has received glowing reviews.
Theo Dorgan is a poet, broadcaster, translator, editor and documentary scriptwriter; his Jason and The Argonauts, to music by Howard Goodall, was commissioned by and premiered in the Royal Albert Hall in 2004.
Sponsored by Magma Poetry Magazine & Culture Ireland

The Gaelic Note: Poetry and Music
Burgage Hall 2.00pm – 3.00pm £6
Join Theo Dorgan and others for a celebration of Gaelic- poems, translations and music. The line-up will include Paddy Bushe and Ciaran Carson, for a feast of writing and music-making in the great tradition of Irish Gaelic, a language made for poetry and song.

Jilly Cooper's Desert Island Poems
Community Hall 2.00pm – 3.00pm £8
The best-selling media superstar and author of The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Rivals, Riders, Polo, romance novels like Octavia and most recently, Wicked!, appears at Lebury to chat about her favourite poems. Readers of Wicked! will know that it is dotted with poems by poets like Robert Frost and Matthew Arnold. This event is bound to throw up some surprises and lots to interest, amuse and inspire.
Sponsored by The Friends of The Ledbury Poetry Festival

Micheal O'Siadhail and Nigel McLoughlin
Burgage Hall 3.45pm – 4.45pm £8
Micheal O’Siadhail is the author of 11 poetry collections, most recently Globe. Deeply rooted in Ireland, he is at home in the European and American traditions and exemplifies the breadth of modern Irish poetry.
Nigel McLoughlin is Course Leader for Creative Writing and Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. His books include Songs for No Voices and Blood. Nigel has kindly stepped in to replace Medbh McGuckian.

Ciaran Carson and Sinead Morrissey
Burgage Hall 5.30pm – 6.30pm £8
An unmissable event with two outstanding writers from Belfast. Ciaran Carson has won the Irish Times Literature Prize, the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Breaking News in 2003.
Sinead Morrissey is the youngest ever recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award; short-listed for the T S Eliot and a winner of the Michael Hartnett Award in 2005 for her latest, the excellent The State of the Prisons.
Sponsored by PN Review

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