A few poety events at the Dublin Writers Festival

Posted: May 21, 2014 in Dublin Writers Festival., Uncategorized

Simon Armitage

 Date: Thu 22nd May at 6pm     Venue: Smock Alley Theatre     Price: €12 / €10

 Few poets can count a BAFTA, a CBE and an Ivor Novella among their awards, but Simon Armitage is one. His astonishingly varied body of work includes ten collections of poetry, two novels, a bestselling memoir, translations from the classics and plays for radio, TV and stage.

In 2011, he walked the 256-mile Pennie Way as a kind of modern troubadour, giving poetry readings in return for bed and board, a feat described in the bestseller Walking Home.

He comes to Dublin Writers Festival to talk about The Last Days of Troy, his new dramatisation of Homer’s Iliad, currently on stage at the Royal Exchange in London, and to read from a selection of his work over the last 25 years

translations from the classics include Homer’s Odyssey (2006), Sir Gawain and The Green Knight (2007), The Death of King  Arthur (2011)

 Ciaran Berry & Tess Gallagher

Date: Fri 23rd May at 6pm     Venue: Smock Alley Theatre     Price: €10/€8

Ciaran Berry’s first collection, The Sphere of Birds, was one of the most praised debuts of recent years, winning numerous awards. His new collection, The Dead Zoo, which takes its name from the nickname for Dublin’s Natural History Museum, confirms his reputation as a leading Irish poet of his generation.

Tess Gallagher will discuss Midnight Lantern, a collection of poems from her forty-year career that has included several books of short stories, a dozen poetry collections and numerous awards.

Poetry Workshop with Ciaran Berry

Date: Sat 24th May at 2.30pm    Venue: Irish Writers’ Centre     Price: €25

After reading with Tess Gallagher on Friday, Ciaran Berry leads an advanced workshop for published and aspiring poets, exploring some key techniques in depth.

This workshop runs from 2.30 – 4.30pm.

ublin Writers Festival runs in various venues around the city until Sunday, May 25th. For ticket information and the full list of events, see http://www.dublinwritersfestival.com


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