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New Planet Cabaret

New Planet Cabaret, edited by Dave Lordan,  is the first anthology to showcase the diversity and vitality of the post-2000 live arts scene in Ireland and features poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, playwrights, rappers, musicians, a fair few whose work crosses over some or all of these ancient categories and others who will fit into none.

The anthology also features 17 writers who submitted to the 6 month long on-air creative writing course  designed and led by Dave Lordan for RTE Arena, the majority of whom are being published at a national level for the first time.

As a public education project, the on-air creative writing course was a massive success, followed and enjoyed by thousands of radio listeners all over Ireland and beyond.

All proceeds from the Anthology will go to the Poetry Ireland Writer’s in Schools scheme, which funds encounters between writers and young people all over Ireland.

New Planet Cabaret is available online and from all good bookstores.

Further info:

New Island

Writers in Schools


‘Something Beginning with P’ Poetry Reading

Alan Clarke’s Illustration from Pictiúr, ‘The giraffe who lived in a shoe’, is featured in the O’Brien Press anthology, Something Beginning with P, edited by Seamus Cashman. To celebrate Pictiúr at IMMA, poets Tony Curtis and Larry O’Loughlin, two of the poets featured in Something Beginning with P, engage children and families in a poetry experience, with readings from the anthology and banter about the poetic arts. Children will be invited to do their own illustrations of poems from the anthology, with help from the Poetry-team.


ETAI Encountering the Arts Ireland Launch

ETAI launched by both the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, on the 27th November, in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, at 2.30 pm.

Ministers Jimmy Deenihan and Ruairí Quinn today marked an historic moment with the launch of ETAI (Encountering the Arts Ireland), which sees the coming together of many of the organisations and individuals, throughout the island of Ireland, who work to provide children and young people with quality arts and education experiences.

Speaking at the event Minister Deenihan said, “The promotion of Arts, particularly in an educational environment, has long been a passion of mine. Being a former teacher, I can say that I have first-hand knowledge of the importance in promotion of Arts, Music and Culture within the educational sphere. I believe that the collaboration of so many organisations under ETAI will be a landmark for a new era for the arts in education.”

Currently including more than thirty organisations and institutions, ETAI includes representatives from arts, education, culture and heritage (see attached list of members and websites), catering for the more than 800,000 children and young people currently in school in Ireland. This launch recognizes the need for collaboration, bringing together the existing wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise across the arts and education sectors.

During his speech Minister Ruairí Quinn said, “The arts have a key role to play in the education system, in providing for sensory, emotional, intellectual and creative enrichment and contributing to our children’s overall development. This alliance of over 30 organisations and institutions that we are launching today will be a powerful voice for the arts in education and we will be listening to that voice as we implement the Arts in Education Charter.”

The recently launched Arts in Education Charter (January 2013), acknowledges that arts-in- education does more than just give children and young people a creative outlet – it is an integral part of a vibrant and creative society, making a substantial contribution to innovation and the economy.

Ministers Quinn and Deenihan also acknowledged that “Arts provision for children and young people in and out of school is a challenge in our cultural landscape. This is recognised by practitioners, policy makers, educators and the public alike. However, this is a priority action area for our Departments. The Arts in Education Charter sets out a number of commitments, agreed by both Departments, so that arts education and arts-in-education complement each other.”

The launch included children and young people creating, performing and showcasing their own work across a variety of disciplines including a Monster Doodle with award winning illustrator Steve Simpson, performance poetry with Temper Mental Miss Elayneous (Elayne Harrington),, who performed a specially commissioned poem to mark the event; live animation of the introductory talk by Mica Warren, the choir from St. Brigids Girls National School Killester, and Music Generation’s traditional music ensemble from Mayo, Gealóga


Poetry Introductions

Congratulations to 2013 Poetry Ireland Introductions readers Madeleine Barnes and Caoilinn Hughes, whose poetry books will be published in the coming months.

Madeleine Barnes’s chapbook ‘The Mark My Body Draws In Light’ is available now from Finishing Line Press(, while Carcanet ( will publish Caoilinn Hughes’s ‘Gathering Evidence’ in February next year.

The November-December issue of Poetry Ireland News, due out shortly, will contain information about applying for the 2014 Introductions Readings series.


Two Irish Poets shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize

Poetry Ireland would like to extend their congratulations to Sinéad Morrissey and Maurice Riordan for being shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

Sinéad Morrissey has been chosen for her collection Parallax the fourth time her work has been shortlisted, and Maurice Riordan for The Water Stealer.

Sinéad Morrissey’s Parallax, published by Carcanet, was also shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Parallax is in the same thematic vein as Through the Square Window, blending closely observed detail of family life with observations of more panoramic scenarios.

Maurice Riordan’s The Water Stealer is published by Faber. Reviewing the collection in The Irish Times, John McAuliffe said: “Riordan puzzles over the recurrence and significance of certain feelings and events, but he also does more than simply register what happened. [He] invents other possibilities in poems which bear his very particular stamp and poise, with archaic words and philosophical ruminations slipped into a more conversational idiom.”


Conference: ‘The Expanded Lyric’, Queens University Belfast, 3 & 4 April 2014

‘The Expanded Lyric’ is a two-day interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore the state of the lyric poem in the contemporary world by bringing together writers and researchers in English Literature and Creative writing, artists, performers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, independent scholars and others for whom lyric poetry is a core part of their practice.

While the conference aims to be inclusive of a wide range of ideas and perspectives, other topics of interest are:

  • How contemporary practice and lyric poetry’s historical position(s)might compete, overlap, intersect, contradict and/or complement the other?
  • In what ways has this poetic form evolved and expanded on the page?
  • The expansion of the lyric poem beyond the page into a transmedia context, including but not limited to the visual arts, film, sound,
  • animation, music, dance, video, installation, performance
  • The relation between the lyric as sung and as spoken: i.e., given that most lyric poems are not set to music, wherein does their musicality actually lie?

They are interested in innovation on the part of the participants and are open to presentations which take on non-traditional and alternative forms.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words for papers, readings, performances or screenings of 18- 20 minutes to the by 18 October 2013. In addition to your abstract, please include your contact details, a title for the proposed presentation, your intended presentation format and whether or not your presentation will require additional technological support.

The Expanded Lyric is co-organized by PhD students at Queens University Belfast & Newcastle University


Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival

Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October 2013

The Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival is dedicated to poetry in all its forms and varieties, featuring the best of local, national, and international poets.

This year’s festival will feature evening performances by Anthony Cronin, Biddy Jenkinson, Macdara Woods, Hugh Maxton, David Wheatley, Adam Wyeth, and Jo Slade. There will also be lunchtime readings at the Hunt Museum featuring Ron Carey (Thursday) and Kerrie O’Brien (Friday). Other events include screenings of poetry films, an open mic session, a varied programme for schools, and the Young Poet of the Year Award. In addition, the yearly poetry anthology The Stony Thursday Book, edited this year by Paddy Bushe, will be launched at the festival.

Further details can be found on the Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival website.


All Ireland Poetry Day

A day-long live streaming of poetry by some of Ireland’s finest poets is at the centre of Poetry Ireland’s celebration of All Ireland Poetry Day, 3rd October 2013. Poetry Ireland will host a six hour live stream from the Irish Writers’ Centre in Parnell Square, Dublin, which will feature readings by Dermot Bolger, Peter Sirr, Theo Dorgan and Enda Wyley, among others, as well as a panel discussion involving the new Ireland Chair of Poetry, Paula Meehan.

Other organisations and groups around the country will be part of the live transmission as they upload their own films of events in their own areas. The live stream will also feature a special tribute to Seamus Heaney involving Dublin school children, as well as film of Brendan Kennelly reading his poetry. The live stream will be available on from 10am – 5pm on the 3rd October.

This is the sixth year of All Ireland Poetry Day and there are events taking place all over the country. These include readings in Lisburn, Dundalk, Armagh, Mayo, Meath, Donegal and Tipperary.

Full details of these events can be found at

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Share it: On Facebook, Twitter, Via email, or good old word-of-mouth. Share it with your friends, family, colleagues, and beyond.

When sharing it on Twitter, use these hashtags: #AllIrelandPoetryDay #AIPD #PoetryDay

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Budget 2014: Republic of Culture

The National Campaign for the Arts‘ pre-budget submission this year is a video. Featuring the voices of a number of well-known actors, it is a direct call to the government to stop the cuts to the arts and re-imagine a future where the arts are understood and valued in a Republic of Culture.

The three-minute video contains five key messages:

  1. Let’s stop the cuts.
  2. Let’s start. Again. Republic of Culture 2016.
  3. Let’s respect ‘real’ jobs. And know the value of artists.
  4. Let’s get on with it: let’s foster common purpose through shared experiences.
  5. Let’s plan to grow: let’s work together with the Minister for Arts.

You can view the video here.

The National Campaign for the Arts are sending the video to every TD and senior official and are mounting a robust PR campaign.

Their overall aim is to ensure that this video is seen by key public representatives and relevant officials in key government departments, that it is published and shared by arts organisations, arts workers and arts supporters, and that it is profiled by major cultural and news media commentators / journalists / programmes.

However, they need your help to support and strengthen their efforts in making this video go viral. And for those in power to sit up and take notice. So…

Share it: On Facebook, Twitter, Via email, or good old word-of-mouth. Share it with your friends, family, colleagues, and beyond.
Send it: To your local TDs, Senators, Councillors and other people of influence.
(See for details per constituency)

When sharing it on Twitter, use these hashtags: #Budget2014 #NCFA #RepublicofCulture


‘Saying Goodbye to Seamus Heaney’, Hugh McFadden

Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan adhmad?
Tá deireadh na gcoillte ar lár  …
And that other song was right, too:
‘Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone …’

After the news came you’d gone home for good
It took three full days to feel the sadness.
Slán abhaile to Mossbawn, Bellaghy:

‘Thou thy worldly task hast done
Home art gone and ta’en thy wages’ …