that we have a competition for FREE tickets to Poetry Now.
We have two exciting events to choose from:
1. The Keynote Address by James Fenton. Thursday 6th September at 8:30pm at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. See link
Hailed as a ‘modern master’ by Ian McEwan, former Oxford Professor of Poetry and winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal, James Fenton has written some of the most memorable lyric verse of the past decades. This year marks the publication of Yellow Tulips, Poems 1968-2011, a gathering from four decades of work by a writer described by the Observer as ‘the most talented poet of his generation’. Tonight, James Fenton will discuss The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin, a new edition which includes uncollected and unpublished poems and Larkin’s many comments on his work. It may, as John Banville wrote in The Guardian, ‘reveal Larkin as a poet of great and rich abundance’ and be ‘an almost fanatically painstaking piece of work’, but, asks James Fenton ‘is it a welcome experience?’
2. Khin Aung Ay and Louis de Paor. Saturday 8th September at 6.30pm at the Maritime Museum, See link
Khin Aung Aye was born in 1956 in Rangoon. He has published 11 collections of poetry, including most recently 54 Sentences Dictated by Free Thought. He is regarded as one of the great modern poets of Burmese poetry and lives in Bangkok. He will read with his translator, the poet James Byrne who has co-edited Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets. ‘one of the major and necessary voices in international poetry today.’ -Todd Swift, EYWEAR
Louis de Paor’s poetry has won many awards including The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award, the first poet writing in Irish to do so. He has published
several collections and this year marks the publication of his Rogha Dánta or Selected Poems. He is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.
‘de Paor is a master of the elegy, the coldeyed,warm-hearted poem that catches you up when you least expect it.’ - Robert Verdon in Muse
Here are some links to poems by Khin aung Ay
Check them out.
So if you want to win a ticket, leave a comment with
- your name
- your chosen event
- the answer to the following question
Who have you been dying to hear read? Who would shake up Dun Laoghaire? Who would draw crowds and light a few fuses?
I will announce the winner next Wednesday. Chosen by me and an impartial poet judge (my dad) (I have told him yet)
Any questions, let me know. Sorry, let us know.