This year on Culture Night (Friday 19 September), Poetry Ireland is presenting readings, performances and open mic opportunities in atmospheric venues is around Dublin, in collaboration with Hodges Figgis, Children’s Books Ireland, Irish Georgian Society, Irish Writers’ Centre, the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council.
The events on the evening include storytelling for children and an open mic session hosted by Dermot Bolger at Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street, spoken word and music performances at the Irish Georgian Society with artists including Iarla Ó’Lionáird and Temper-Mental MissElayneous, screenings of two films directed by Alan Gilsenan and readings by winners and finalists from the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Competition at the Irish Writers’ Centre.
Poetry Ireland will also present special guests including Diarmaid Ferriter, Dónal Lunny, Paul Murray and Alan Gilsenan reading from the critically acclaimed anthology Poems that make Grown Men Cry at the Irish Georgian Society and at the Arts Council tent in Merrion Square.
Poetry Ireland @ Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street (Friday 19 September, 5-9pm)
Poetry Ireland and Hodges Figgis present storytelling for children with author Debbie Thomas (5pm) and storyteller Nuala Hayes (6.10pm), along with readings by young finalists from ‘It’s up to us’, the Trócaire Poetry Ireland poetry competition (5.30pm). Students from CBS James’s Street, St Paul’s CBS, Brunswick Street and St Aidan’s Community School, Tallaght will perform as part of WRaPParound, an initiative of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme Library Project and Poetry Ireland, which brings performance poetry and spoken word into the classroom (from 7pm). Aspiring poets are invited to participate in an open mic session hosted by Dermot Bolger (7-9pm), as well as readings by writer Paul Lenehan (7.30pm) and poet Colm Keegan (8.30pm). Culture Night at Hodges Figgis also includes a signing by author Derek Landy and a performance by the St Patrick’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir.
Poetry Ireland @ Irish Georgian Society, South William Street (Friday 19 September, 6-9pm)
Poetry Ireland and the Irish Georgian Society (IGS) present ‘A Moment in Time’, spoken word and music in the beautifully restored City Assembly House, an eighteenth-century building of historical, artistic and architectural importance, now home to the IGS. The line up for the evening includes poet Moya Cannon (6pm), poet and hiphop artist Temper-Mental MissElayneous, folk duo Twin Headed Wolf (7pm), singer songwriter Mick McAuley, sean nós singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird, actor Will O’Connell (8.30pm) and performance poet Erin Fornoff (8.50pm). Two films directed by Alan Gilsenan, Paul Durcan, The Dark School and The Green Fields of France will also be screened during the evening.
In the Irish Georgian Society (7.45pm) and in the Arts Council tent in Merrion Square (6-7pm) Poetry Ireland will also present readings from Poems that make Grown Men Cry (ed Anthony and Ben Holden) with special guest readers including historian Diarmaid Ferriter, musician Dónal Lunny, novelist Paul Murray and writer/film-maker Alan Gilsenan.
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry is an anthology in which one hundred men – distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights – confess to being moved to tears by poems that continue to haunt them. Their selections include classics by visionaries such as Walt Whitman, WH Auden, and Philip Larkin, as well as contemporary works by masters including Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and poets who span the globe from Pablo Neruda to Rabindranath Tagore.
Poetry Ireland @ Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North (Friday 19 September, 7.30-10.30pm)
This year Poetry Ireland, Irish Writers’ Centre and Children’s Books Ireland are delighted to collaborate to present readings for all ages on Culture Night. ‘Takin’ the Mic’, a special open mic event, welcomes writers and performers of all genres to participate on the night (7.30-10.30pm). The evening will also featureperformances by Shirley McClure and readings by winners and finalists from the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Competition with Trócaire Poetry Ambassador Geraldine Mitchell.
Poetry Ireland @ Bray Library (Friday 19 September, 6pm)
Join Booker winning novelist and short story writer Anne Enright at Bray Library as she reads from her recent work.
Poetry Ireland @ Blessington Library (Friday 19 September, 6.30pm)
Poetry Ireland and Blessington Library present ‘The Science of Flann O’Brien’ with Dermot Diamond and Fergus Cronin.