Thursday, June 27, 2013

GALWAY: July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering

Thursday, July 11th, 2013, 6.30pm-8pm, FREE
Galway City Library
St Augustine Street

The Launch of the second issue of Skylight 47, probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication, by Eamonn Wall, Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with special guest Patrick Kehoe.

All contributors to this issue of Skylight 47 are invited to come along and read their poem from the magazine. 

Skylight 47 is generously sponsored by Food 4 Thought & Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. Copies of the magazine will be on sale on the evening and can also be purchased here Skylight 47 is edited by Nicki Griffin, Kevin 0’Shea & Susan Lindsay, participants in the Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre.  

A native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Eamonn Wall lives in Missouri, where he is Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor of Irish Studies/Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His poetry has been included in anthologies in Ireland and the United States including The Book of Irish-American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present & Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: a Reader. Eamonn’s essays, articles, and reviews in The Irish Times, New Hibernia Review, The Washington Post & Chicago Tribune. Through his involvement in the Launchpad and Scallta Media initiatives, which he helped set up to encourage the development of young writers and artists in Co. Wexford, he has continued to play a role in the artistic life of Co. Wexford. Sailing Lake Mareotis, Eamonn’s fifth collection of poems, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. He is also the author of Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions which was published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2011. Eamonn’s New and Selected Poems will be published by Salmon next year.

Patrick Kehoe's first poems were published by the late James Liddy in broadsheets and issues of The Gorey Detail. Early poems of his were also published in the Irish Press. In recent times his work has appeared in The Irish Times, Enniscorthy Echo, Natural Bridge, Cyphers and The Scaldy Detail. His debut collection, Its Words You Want was published by Salmon Poetry in July 2011. Paddy will read from his debut collection on the evening.

Monday, June 24, 2013

LONDON: Camden Poetry Series

Friday, 5th July, 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm), £5/£4, WINE
Trinity United Reform Church,
1 Buck Street,
Camden Town
1-2 mins. Camden Town tube

Ruth O'Callaghan presents Hilary Davies and Mario Petrucci.                  

Poets from the floor very welcome. Please bring a copy of the poem if you wish to be considered for the new anthology.

Friday, June 21, 2013

LONDON: Diaspora Writes Back

Friday, July 5th, 2013, 6.30pm-8.30pm, £7.50/£5 concessions
The British Library,
96 Euston Road,

Join award-winning London-based African poets for an exciting and revealing evening of verse and versatility, as they explore notions of culture, migration, and identity.

Hosted by author and founder of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize, Bernardine Evaristo MBE, the evening will feature performances from Warsan Shire, Nick Makoha, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, and Leeto Thale. This event which launches the 2013 Africa Writes Weekend will be both thought-provoking and entertaining for lovers of poetry, and those new to the genre. 

This event is part of the Africa Writes festival, taking place at the British Library and organised in partnership with the Royal African Society.

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox at the Royal Albert Hall

Friday, 5th July, 2013, doors 6.30pm, show from 7.45pm, £13.50, 
Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room),
Kensington Gore,
Tube: South Kensington / High Street Kensington

Book Online: or Call 0845 401 5045

Following her stunning appearance last year at the Royal Albert Hall for the Dionne Warwick & Friends Concert, BBC broadcaster and vocalist Jumoké Fashola brings her eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox to the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London (as part of the Inspired Word Series) with special guests Luke Wright, Inua Ellams, John Siddique and Carrie Grant.

Jazz and performance poetry have been intertwined for decades and for this special Jazz Verse Jukebox, established spoken word poets & singers, will continue this age-old tradition, and explore through performance what it means to be a 21st century ‘modern day griot’ with influences from the four corners of the globe.

Luke Wright, poet and playwright has been described as "one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation" by The Independent. He writes bawdy bar room ballads about Westminster rogues and small town tragedies.

Carrie Grant, is best known for her work as Vocal Coach on the television talent contests Fame Academy, Comic Relief does Fame Academy and Pop Idol and being a regular reporter for BBC 1's The One Show, and will be performing her own original material.

Inua Ellams is a poet and playwright (The National Theatre), whose style is as influenced by classic literature as it is by hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism & traditional story telling with contemporary diction and musicality. John Siddique, the bestselling author of Full Blood, Recital – An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, and The Prize has been described as one most influential British writers of South Asian heritage. (Full Biographies below)

All this, plus live Jazz & accompaniment from the Jazz Verse Jukebox Trio which features Dorian Ford on Piano, Oli Hayhurst on Double Bass, Winston Clifford.

Hosted by and with music from the Jazz Verse Jukebox creator Jumoké Fashola.