Poetry Ireland announces details of two new series of events featuring poetry, music & memoir

8th February 2018

Press release: 8 February 2018

Moya Cannon, Kevin Doherty, Colette Bryce, Bronagh Gallagher, Vona Groarke, Olivia O’Leary, Sam Millar, Gina Menzies, Diarmaid Ferriter and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill are just some of the artists to appear in “Soul Clap its Hands and Sing” and “They tuck you up, your mum and dad” at Poetry Ireland from February.

There’s a well-known maxim that says all art aspires to the condition of music. If true, then poetry surely comes very close to meeting it. Indeed, Irish poets and musicians have always cast a particular spell on each other. “Soul Clap its Hands and Sing”, a new series of music and poetry events presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with the Irish Traditional Music Archive, will offer audiences a chance to enjoy some of the finest artists in both forms as they weave in and out of each other's work.  

The poetic and musical partnerships will include poet Moya Cannon and harper Kathleen Loughnane (Thursday 22 February), poet John McAuliffe and singer/songwriter Kevin Doherty (Poetry Day Ireland Thursday 26 April), poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa and composer Linda Buckley (Thursday 24 May), poet Mary O’Malley and uilleann piper Tommy Keane (Thursday 28 June), poet Colette Bryce and singer/songwriter Bronagh Gallagher (Thursday 27 September), poet Peter Fallon and singer/songwriters Oisín Leech (of The Lost Brothers) and Saramai Leech (Thursday 25 October), and poet Nessa O’Mahony and fiddler Dermot McLaughlin (Thursday 8 November). 

The American poet Louise Glück famously wrote that “We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” Perhaps this is why so many poets have been deeply influenced by their childhood. “They tuck you up, your mum and dad” (Adrian Mitchell’s softer take on Philp Larkin’s original line) is the title for a series of conversations featuring some of Ireland's finest writers and poets as they reflect on the often complex parent / child relationship through memoir and poetry. 

Included are poet Vona Groarke in conversation with journalist Olivia O’Leary (Tuesday 13 March), poet Pat Boran in conversation with historian Diarmaid Ferriter (Tuesday 10 April), poet Rita Ann Higgins in conversation with poet and journalist Gerard Smyth (Tuesday 8 May), poet and memoirist PJ Deeley in conversation with historian Paul Rouse (Tuesday 12 June), poet John F Deane in conversation with theologian Gina Menzies (Tuesday 11 September), poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill & Professor of Psychiatry Jim Lucey (Tuesday 9 October), and poet and author Blake Morrison and journalist and author Sam Miller (Tuesday 13 November).

All of the events start at 7pm and take place at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1. Tickets include a glass of wine and cost €10/€8 concessions. Book online at www.poetryireland.ie.


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Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.