Poetry Festival

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Bailieborough Poetry Festival Programme of Events 2016

Thursday Oct 6th- Bailieborough Library 7pm

Official opening of poetry festival with the launch of artist Elena Duff’s exhibition in the library arts space. This will also feature the launch of pop-up gallery Gallery Thing in the town, presenting a public display of art works from invited artists. The exhibition will be launched by Ollie Burns, a founder of the CO Club in Oldcastle.

There will be a poetry reading by LitLab writers at the launch which will feature new writing based on the art work of Elena Duff.

Sips and nibbles provided.

Friday Oct 7th – Murtagh’s Lounge

Poet, Monica Corish in an interview with Irene O’Dea, featuring amongst other things, a discussion on her recent publication A Dying Language which was published by the Hospice Foundation.

Poetry reading by Monica Corish, a Doghouse published poet.

Open mic hosted by Andy Jones.

Music by Luna.

Saturday Oct 8th -various venues

Bailie Hotel; 10am-1pm.
Poetry workshop with Vona Groarke (places limited, please book in advance) – SOLD OUT

Bailieborough Library; 2.30-3.30pm.
Announcement of the Bailieborough Poetry prizewinners (sponsored by the Bailie Hotel). Judges Michael Farry & Mairead Donnellan.

Bailie Hotel; 4-6pm.
Flash Fiction workshop by John Mulligan (limited to 12 places, advance booking essential).

Murtagh’s Lounge; 7.30pm

GALLERY GOES presents poets
Peter Fallon, Tom French & Vona Groarke.

8.30pm; Music by Sam Geraghty
9pm; Poetry reading by selected LitLab poets to close festival.

Elena Duff, visual artist, studied Fine Art (painting) and Art History at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her current work, which will be exhibited at Bailieborough Poetry festival, focuses on minimalist landscapes with the addition of text. (www.elenaduff.com)

Irene O’Dea from County Clare is a member of the LitLab writing group for the past ten years. Her poetry has featured in many collections including Windows and LitLab anthologies. She works as an educator in Cavan.

Monica Corish lives in Kinlough. Her first collection, Slow Mysteries, was published by Doghouse. She was 2014/2015 SPARK writer-in-residence at the Leitrim Observer. Poems from her second full collection, A Dying Language, have won the North West Words Poetry Prize and been twice commended for the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Andy Jones is a Dublin native now living in Mullagh, County Cavan. He has had his poetry and fiction widely published and has been broadcast on Sunday Miscellany. He has a particular flair for flash fiction.

John Mulligan from County Roscommon is a published author of several books including Dancing on the Waves. He is a travel writer and a human rights activist. He is a founder of the NGO Focus on Romania and has also been published in the Farmers Journal and Mail on Sunday. He won the Fish Flash Fiction prize in 2012.

Peter Fallon founded Gallery press which is now considered one of the world’s foremost poetry presses. He farms in County Meath and has read his poetry all over the world, winning the 1993 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award. His latest collection of poems is entitled Strong My Love. He is a member of Aosdána.

Tom French lives in County Meath. He was awarded the inaugural Ted McNulty Prize, the 2016 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award and his first collection Touching the Bones won the Forward Prize in 2002. His latest collection, The Way to Work has just been published this summer.

Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands and has been writer in residence in NUI Galway and Maynooth. She won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2003, the Hennessy Award, the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, Strokestown International Poetry Award and the Stand Magazine Poetry Prize. Gallery Press has this year published Selected Poems. She is a member of Aosdána.

Michael Farry is from Sligo, living in Co Meath. He had his first collection of poems Asking for Directions, published by Doghouse. He has won the WOW poetry award this year, the Dromineer poetry prize and is a former editor of Boyne Berries literary magazine.

Mairead Donnellan is from Cavan and won the National Trocaire poetry prize 2016. She is also a former winner of the Ledwidge Poetry prize. She was a featured poet in Poetry Ireland’s Poems Upstairs earlier this year.

Ollie Burns is one of the organisers of “The CO Club” a cultural evening held each month In Crean’s bar in Oldcastle. The evening is an eclectic mix of creative people exhibiting or performing their art and it has gained national recognition as being ‘a gem of an evening’ to appreciate all things creative.

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