Friday, 12 February 2010

Poetry Now Festival

The brochure is now available for the reliably lovely Poetry Now festival. 25th to 28th March 2010.

Highlights:

This year they have poets from countries including Albania, the Czech Republic, Spain, Mexico, the UK and the USA.

With his keynote address Go Fish: Six Irish Poets, Paul Muldoon will provide dlr Poetry Now 2010 with a rip-roaring kickoff; two nights later, he's scheduled for a reading of his own poetry, when he will take to the stage along with the major Mexican poet Homero Aridjis and Anne Stevenson..

Derek Mahon returns with the eminent US poet Rosanna Warren on Friday night. Friday will also bring a reading by the superb Irish poet Justin Quinn, by his exciting Albanian contemporary Luljeta Lleshanaku, and by this year’s T.S. Eliot Award winner, Philip Gross, who comes to us from Wales.

The contemporary American poet Kevin Young, will be joined by two writers who are among the very best of their respective generations: Ireland’s Vona Groarke and Catalonia’s Joan Margarit. The final reading on Sunday afternoon promises much with Scotland’s John Burnside, John F. Deane and, from the Czech Republic, Sylva Fischerov√°.

This year’s festival will honour The Gallery Press, the independent publishing house which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2010. There's public interview with founder and editor of The Gallery Press, Peter Fallon and a special Gallery Press reading.

There are two writing workshops with Vona Groarke and John Burnside, a children’s reading, a conversation on the craft of writing poetry, and the announcement and presentation of The Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2010 for the best collection of poetry in 2009, and of the Rupert & Eithne Strong Award for the year’s best first collection.

Deadline for the workshops: 10th March

Download and view the full programme at www.poetrynow.ie and see you there!

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