Monday, April 27, 2009

Poetry Series launches at Carnegie Arts Centre, Co. Kerry

Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, will be hosting this inaugural poetry series, Speaking for Scéine, three Friday evenings through the month of May. This series is aimed at profiling established poets and to give an opportunity to emerging poets to showcase their work

The first of the series will take place on Friday, May 8th at 8 pm with Derek Mahon, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin prize. Derek, an award winning poet whose works includes Harbour Lights, adaptations and new versions of Oedipus, and Cyrano di Bergerac. Derek will be introduced by Joe Woods – Director of Poetry Ireland.

Friday, 15th May 8 pm, a reading from Eileen Sheehan, the winner of Listowel writer’s week inaugural poetry slam 2004, and the Brendan Kennelly poetry award 2006. Eileen will also hold a masterclass for aspiring poets on Saturday, May 16, at 11am.

For those who would like to put their Irish skill to the test, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, who writes exclusively in Irish will headline on Friday the 22nd of May at 8pm. Nuala has published extensively and has revitalized the Irish language in modern poetry. A masterclass will also be held by Nuala, Saturday, May 23rd at 11am.

There will be a Festival Club, open mic at the Lansdowne Arms Hotel, Kenmare after each Friday session. An opportunity for any poets, or budding poets to come along and perform their work. All are welcome.

Tickets for headliners are €6.00, masterclasses are €20. There are a maximum of 10 places for the masterclasses, so advanced booking is advised.

For further information please contact:
Deryn O' Callaghan
Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

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