Wednesday, April 15, 2009

GALWAY: Eamonn Carr and North Beach Poetry Nights April Slam

Monday, April 20th, 2009, 9pm, 5/3 Euro
The Crane Bar,
Sea Road,

North Beach Poetry Nights presents ex-Horslips drummer and lyricist, poet Eamonn Carr, plus The North Beach Poetry Nights' April Slam.

In the late 1960s Eamonn Carr co-founded Tara Telephone, the music and poetry group of the Dublin beat scene. In the 1970s, he co-founded Horslips, the hugely influential band which is credited with creating the musical genre known as Celtic Rock, and in which he is also a drummer, conceptualist and lyricist. He has also promoted musicians and artists, and works as a journalist, writer and commentator on culture, politics, arts, music and sport as well as an award winning broadcaster. He was a featured poet at the Sean Dunne Festival in Waterford in March 2009.

He will read from Origami Crow, Journey into Japan, World Cup Summer 2002. As a sports columnist for a Dublin daily, he watched the unfolding drama of the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan. Against the intense public spectacle of media attention following the controversial departure of Ireland captain Roy Keane, Carr followed his own private journey - a lifelong quest to visit the shrines and places of the famed poet Matsuo Basho, recognized master of haiku. This is Eamon Carr's first collection of poetry and the profundity and depth of the work is a just reward for the long wait. The book is part poetry collection, part travel log and part Eamon's commentary and insight into the Roy Keane/Mick McCarthy 'debacle'. And some of our current heroes (Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Shay Given) are in there as well!!

Poets wishing to take part in the two-round slam please bring along two three-minute poems, preferrably memorized. The winner of each month's Slam goes forward to the 2009 North Beach Poetry Nights' Grand Slam in December 2009.

The prize for the Grand Slam winner is publication of a collection of her/his work.

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