Poetry Ireland and Kilkenny Arts Festival present a reading with this year's festival Poet in Residence, Paula Meehan.
Paula Meehan was born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the USA, and has received many awards, including the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, The Butler Literary Award for Poetry, the Denis Devlin Memorial Award and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. Paula has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being Painting Rain (Carcanet, 2009). A selected volume, entitled Mysteries of the Home, was published in 1996. Her writing for stage includes the plays Mrs Sweeney (1997), Cell (1999), and, for children, Kirkle (1995), The Voyage (1997) and The Wolf of Winter (2003/2004). Her poetry has been set to music by artists as diverse as the avant-garde composer John Wolf Brennan and the folksinger Christy Moore, and throughout her working life she has collaborated with dancers, visual artists and filmmakers. Paula Meehan is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of writers and artists, and last year completed her term as Ireland Professor of Poetry.