Monday, September 23, 2013

The Black, Strong and Sweet Poetry Series at Ranelagh Arts Festival

“Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. And so should poems”.

The Black, Strong, and Sweet Poetry Series is a public arts display which ran May-July 2013 at Nick’s Coffee Company. The 12 poems selected for the series were showcased in full on the chalkboard at Nick’s, and selected lines from the poems will be displayed on the sides of coffee cups. Interviews with each of the poets can be accessed here:

On Tuesday September... 24th, as part of The Ranelagh Arts Festival, The Ash Sessions will present an evening of poetry and music, with readings by some of the poets featured in the Black, Strong and Sweet Poetry series, including:

Mark Granier

Maurice Devitt

Daniel Ryan

Fiona Bolger

Kit Fryatt

Jessica Traynor

Niamh MacAlister

Erin Fornoff

Phil Lynch

Afric McGlinchey

Music on the night will be provided by J.C Creasy.

The event will take place 8-10pm at the Ranelagh Farmers Market. Poet Dimitra Xidous (curator of the series) will host the evening, which promises to be equal parts black, strong and sweet (Admission: 5 euros).

Culture Night 2013

This year I had the opportunity to read a poem for Culture Night at the Poetry Ireland open mic night in the beautiful surroundings of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. I read my shortlisted poem for the Poetry Ireland Trocaire Poetry Competition as well as a short listed poem from a Nigerian entrant who couldn't be there on the evening. The theme for the competition was Today's Children, Tomorrow's World. The booklet with all of the winners and shortlistees (!) is due out shortly so keep an eye out for it. The competition is just about to roll around again so check back here for submission details.
In spite of my cold I managed to (just about ... ) get through it! You'll find me at about 40 mins in   but all the poets who partook in the evening are worth a listen.

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