Posts in "Poets"

R.I.P Seamus Heaney, a Giant of a Poet and True Gent

R.I.P Seamus Heaney, a Giant of a Poet and True GentNobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney from Castledawson, Co Derry has died at the age of 74-years-old. As a huge fan of his work, especially his translation of Beowulf, it is a sad day and our hearts go out to his family and close friends.

Since I was a young man I have collected most of Heaneys’ poetry books, translations and Essays. I have also been lucky enough to meet him twice, both time in Galway and one time to be in his company along with Michael Longley at a lunch in Galway city, a wonderful man and true gent.

Cúirt Festival Kicks Off With Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley

Cúirt Festival Kicks Off With Seamus Heaney and Michael LongleyGalway is the place to be right now if you are a fan of the arts and great literature. The Cúirt International Festival of Literature has kicked off and now hitting its 28th year, it still has the power to draw crowds and great artists and writers. This is my favourite time of the year in Galway and there is always a lot going on and tons of great gigs to go to.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be at a lunch with Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Edna O’Brien (working at the restaurant may have helped my admission to the exclusive lunch) and I just had to bring along Sarah Clancy for company and she was of course delighted to be my guest.

The Creation Of A New Super Poetry Group

The Creation Of A New Super Poetry GroupFor the past couple of years I have attended a poetry workshop slash creative writing class to help me burst out of my writing shell and pen more poems, basically keep me preoccupied with poetry. While attending these classes, classes that always seemed to fall on a Tuesday evening, I met other eager poets, some experienced, others just starting out, and through many of the classes I met some great people who came to know each others work, to become friends, and now, to set up their own poetry group.

Anne McCabe To Read At Dalkey Writers Festival and New Poem

Anne McCabe To Read At Dalkey Writers Festival and New PoemStarting from today June 15th until Sunday is the Dalkey Book Festival which has I have to say, an excellent line up. Reading, on the Saturday in Our Lady’s Hall at 2.30 from her popular and much talked about book ‘Under the Avalanche’ is the TV broadcaster Anne McCabe.

Anne is a well known writer and TV director and last year published her first novel ‘Under The Avalanche’ which has received rave reviews and also appeared here on this site. Around a month ago I had the privilege of an Interview with Anne and I asked if she had any poetry she would like to share in which she kindly has and sent me in a poem to include on this site which I am delighted to share here.

Come See Bernie Ashe At The May Over The Edge Open Reading Thursday

Come See Bernie Ashe At The May Over The Edge Open Reading ThursdayOnce again I’m lucky enough to have a Thursday off (very rare) this week and lucky enough it coincides with the May Over the Edge readings at the Galway library. If you have the night off too and looking for something to do, I highly recommend coming along to the reading as a fantastic writer I have come to know and love, Bernie Ash, who will be reading some of her excellent poetry to what I am a sure will be a packed house.

Happy 100th Birthday Wilfrid Brambell aka Albert Steptoe

‘You are a dyed-in-the-wool, fascist, reactionary, squalid little, ‘know your place’, ‘don’t rise above yourself’, ‘don’t get out of your hole’ – complacent little turd. ‘
Harold Steptoe

Happy 100th Birthday Wilfrid Brambell aka Albert SteptoeI know I just wished Jack Kerouac a happy birthday in the last post but today would have been the 100th birthday of the actor Wilfrid Brambell who is best know for the character Albert Steptoe in the hit 60’s TV programme Steptoe and son and he is one of my favourite characters of all time.

Jack Kerouac, Happy 90th Birthday, What Would You Be Doing At 90?

Jack Kerouac Is Alive and Well at 90!

Jack Kerouac, Happy 90th Birthday, What Would You Be Doing At 90?Well, only in memory and legend and of-course the world of literature, but I do love to think if Jack were alive to day, what would he be doing at the tender age of 90 and what would he have accomplished?

So its March 12, it’s Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday, and this has me thinking about this wonderful writer, how I discovered him and how he brought literature especially poetry alive and jumping of the page to be lodged like cement in my brain. I have read nearly everything belonging to Jack Kerouac and I am currently reading through every novel he has written simply because I enjoy his style and pace of writing, the simplicity of the stories, and the timeline they are situated in.

The Street Poetry Of San Francisco Homeless Writer Ricky Teague

A Brief Encounter with Ricky Teague, Poet.

The Street Poetry Of San Francisco Homeless Writer Ricky TeagueAs I am looking through some oldish books at home, a brown sheet sneaks out to the floor and as I pick it up I am hit with warm memories of a meeting I had at the top of Market Street in San Francisco with a homeless man and writer named Ricky Teague, and this sheet was some of his poetry I had purchased.

Come See Ann Irwin At Over The Edge Open Reading Thursday 23 Feb. 2012

Come See Ann Irwin At Over The Edge Open Reading Thursday 23 Feb. 2012This Thursday I highly recommend coming along to the Over The Edge Open Reading at the Galway City Library and for once, I will probably have the night off myself and able to attend. It is always a great night with a packed house, and this month I really do believe you are in  for a treat with the poet Anne Irwin, for whom I have participated in many creative writing classes through Kevin Higgins  and right at this month once again I am in the same class as Ann and enjoying her wonderful poetry.