Friday, 30 August 2013

Mountains to the Sea Festival

3 - 8 September 2013

Tickets for this year’s book festival are selling fast! 

Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney and Colum McCann are sold out but there’s still tickets available for some of this year’s highlights including Booker Prize winner, Anne Enright, last year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award winner Michael Longley and creator of The Fast Show Charlie Higson. And for fans of TV drama in our very special writing for television event we are delighted to welcome the writers of The Fall, Spooks and The Bridge to the Festival. 

For more information on these events and many others go to and don’t forget to book soon to avoid disappointment. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the festival! 

From the Poetry Now strange we have:

Shortlist for the dlr Strong/Shine Poetry Award 2013

The shortlist was chosen by this year's judge, poet Billy Ramsell. This year's finalists are Eleanor Hooker, Mary Noonan, Rebecca O'Connor and Michelle O'Sullivan. 

The shortlist has been announced for The Irish Times Poetry Now award worth €2,500

Harry Clifton was nominated for The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass, which is published by Bloodaxe Books. Clifton was Ireland professor of Poetry in 2010 to 2013, and won the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1981. He has published six collections, and is a previous winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now award. The Winter Sleep is “a reckoning with a lost political legacy, a meditation on love, marriage and middle age, and a reaching-back into foreign ancestry”.

James Harpur has published five poetry books and is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review. His latest collection “jour- neys into realms seen and unseen, ranging from the landscapes of Ireland to the visionary realms of the mystics”.

Dennis O’Driscoll has published nine collections of poetry, a collection of essays and reviews and Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney. He has previously won a Lannan Literary Award and the EM Forster Award. He died late last year. Dear Life features “contemporary issues – the internet era, global warming – as well as providing fresh perspectives on the timeless topics of working and ageing, loving and dying, God and Mammon”.

Catherine Phil MacCarthy is the author of four poetry books, a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review, and was writer in residence for the city of Dublin. The Invisible Threshold explores “the ‘liminal’, the state of being in transition from one moment to the next”.

Mark Roper won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection was editor of Poetry Ireland Review. A Gather of Shadow is“a deeply personal record of the loss of his mother”.

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