Paula Meehan and Colm Keegan come together for a special evening of poetry with Five Lamps Arts Festival.
We are delighted to announce an evening with two of Dublin's finest poets, Paula Meehan and Colm Keegan, as a part of Five Lamps Arts Festival.
Paula Meehan was born and raised in the north inner city of Dublin. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the U.S. Her work has garnered both critical and popular acclaim. She has received the Butler Literary Award for Poetry presented by the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, the Denis Devlin Award for Dharmakaya, published in 2000, The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry 2015, a Cholmondelay Award in 2017 for Geomantic, and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. Dedalus Press has republished Mysteries of the Home, a selection of seminal poems from the 1980s and the 1990s. Her poetry has been set to music by artists of the avant garde as well as folksingers, and many poems have been scored for choirs. She has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and film makers throughout her working life. She was honoured with election to Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts, in 1996. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2013 – 2016, and her public lectures from these years, Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, was published by UCD Press in 2016. Her Collected Poems will be published in 2020.
Colm Keegan is a writer and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and has also won the All Ireland Poetry Slam. His latest collection Randomer is out now and available from Salmon poetry. In 2014 he was awarded a residency in the LexIcon, Ireland’s largest public library. He has developed numerous creative writing projects for schools and colleges across the country. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, a writing initiative for young writers. He was a co-founder and board member of Lingo, Ireland’s first Spoken Word festival.