Monday, July 07, 2008

Cork: Ó Bhéal

Ó Bhéal is held in the Hayloft, upstairs at:
The Long Valley
Winthrop Street
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The night begins with the Poetry Challenge at 8.30pm. Guest poets begin between 9.00pm and 9.30pm

Dates in July:

Rónán Ó Snodaigh - 7th July
Rónán will be reading in Irish and English, and will also read from The Garden Wars, a new collection of poems published and launched in December 2007.

Desmond O’Grady and John Liddy - 14th July
Desmond O'Grady's publications number twenty three collections of his own poems, including The Road Taken: Poems 1956-1996 and The Wandering Celt, and twelve collections of translated poetry, among them Trawling Traditions: Translations 1954-1994, Selected Poems of C.P. Cavafy, The Song of Songs and, in 2005, Kurdish Poems of Love and Liberty, in addition to prose memoirs of his literary acquaintances and friends. The publication of On My Way in 2006 marked the 50th anniversary of Desmond's first published collection, Chords and Orchestrations.
John Liddy's publications are Boundaries (1974), The Angling Cot (1991), Song of the Empty Cage (1997), Wine and Hope (1999), Cast-A-Net (2003) and The Well: New and Selected Poems (2007). Forthcoming are La Barca de la Arena (a translation by Francisco Rivero in Spanish of The Angling Cot) and Poisonous Pleasure (a translation by John Liddy from Tosigo Ardento by José Maria Álvarez).

Matthew Sweeney - 21st July
Born Co Donegal 1952, Matthew Sweeney returned to Ireland last year after living abroad for decades, most recently in Berlin. Among his many collections are included Black Moon (1997 - shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award), Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002), all published by Cape.

Niall Herriott - 28th July
He has a selection of poems out - Beachcombers.

Entrance is free. Readings will last between 40-60 minutes after which there will be the usual open-mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats. Full bar available.

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