Tuesday, 28 October 2008

With a Bang

What are you doing this bonfire night? Setting off fireworks and frightening the cats or listening to a collection of upcoming (dare I say emerging) poets. The Editors of Windows Publications based in Cavan, Heather Brett and Noel Monahan are launching anthology Authors & Artists Introduction Series number 8 featuring Martin Kelly, Kieran Furey, Patrick Toland and Iain Mac Pherson as well as Visual artist Martin Campbell.

Martin Kelly, originally from Bailiboro in County Cavan, spent 34 years in Belfast during the troubles as a curate, hospital chaplain and spiritual director and is now parish priest in Portaferry, County Down.
Award winning poet Kieran Furey is from Curraghroe, Roscommon and writes in Spanish and English. He has lived in Ecuador and Cuba, and travelled widely in Brazil, Africa, India and the US. Kieran lives in Longford.
Belfast poet Patrick Toland has been teacher and housemaster in an English boarding
school for the past ten years and is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University. (And I went drinking with him and his brother one memorable snowy evening in Belfast. If he writes as good as he talks, you're in for a treat!)
Visual artist Martin Campbell has just returned from an exhibition of his work in Liverpool. He works in television and the media and is from Newry, Co Down.
Scottish Gaelic poet Iain Mac Pherson is from Canada with family origins from the Scottish Isles of Islay, Mull and Skye. He is a lecturer in The University of Ulster, Coleraine.

Where:Irish Writers Centre.
When: Wednesday 5th November at 6:30pm

Or if you're in or near Cavan this Thursday.

Where: The Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan
When: Thursday 30th Oct at 8pm

1 comment:

Nessa O'Mahony said...

Speaking as somebody who was 'launched' by Heather and Noel in one of the earlier Windows anthologies, I can't commend them highly enough for the support they provide and the encouragement they offer to new writers. Great to seem them acknowledged here.