Happy New Year Everyone! Delighted to be able to break in the new year with some poetry, prose and song – reading alongside Moya Roddy in the amazing Record Break Cafe in Ennis, this Friday 6th January, with our wonderful host, Sinead Nic Sioda.
Thank you to the most warm and wonderful audience who came along to the Galway launch of my collection ‘How to Bake a Planet’ yesterday in the Town Hall Theatre – and to Salmon Poetry – and to Moya for mad but lovely things she said about me!
I’ve put the launch of How to Bake a Planet back a week to Saturday November 12th, 3pm – to avoid clash with Words Ireland event on the 5th, which I’m sure a lot of Galway writers would like to go to. But still the same venue, (Town Hall Theatre bar) same time, same wonderful Lorna Siggins doing the intro, same me! Hope everyone can still make it.
A REVIEW OF Pete Mullineaux, Lania Knight and Alice Berry at Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2016 by Summer Jeavons.
On the 12th of May the Cheltenham Poetry Festival held an event at the Frog and Fiddle featuring readings from Lania Knight, an American novelist lecturing at the University of Gloucestershire; Alice Merry, an exciting new voice on the UK poetry scene who had travelled from Peru to be with us; and ‘punk-pioneer’ Pete Mullineaux, based in Ireland.
The atmosphere was warm and intimate. People of diverse ages were seated in clusters around tables. The first to read was Lania Knight, new to the poetry scene, with equally poignant and comical works. Her work is a compelling synthesis of British and American culture; two of her poems employ use of Texan dialect to riveting effect.
Alice Merry’s work features eclectic and intriguingly bizarre subject-matters, ranging from a poem about aliens excavating human remains, to an exploration of the psyche of Donald Trump’s wife. She discussed her creative process, in which she writes poems in response to photographs her father sends her. Her work is accomplished and exhilaratingly experimental.
Pete Mullineaux closed the event with his humorous, touching work. His poems are full of character, and follow a natural, melodic rhythm reinforced by his subtle use of internal rhyme. Mullineaux uses a variety of lexicons that make each of his poems fresh and unexpected. Wide-ranging in subject, his work tenderly explores familial dynamics without ever becoming sentimental in tone.
The poets’ work was entertaining and thought-provoking, and the event was thoroughly enjoyable. All in all, a lovely way to spend an evening.
Brilliant event yesterday evening in the overflowing Ruby Room, 14 wonderful poets and short prose writers, all of them unique and inspiring. Wonderful audience! Congratulations to Mel White, Lola Hourihane and Seamus Lennon who were chosen by the three judges to go on to perform at Electric Picnic. Also a big thanks to our judges Rachel Coventry, Stephen Byrne and guest performer Bryan MacMahon Gallagher who topped it all off with a set of his fantastic urban, gritty, challenging, entertaining, celebratory and poetic performance poems.
Knocked out by this great new Frankie Gavin website and inclusion of my poem ‘Cave Music II’ (two fiddles) linking to a brilliant iconic clip of Frankie playing with Paddy Canny.
Off to host the Cuirt Slam Showcase at Electric Picnic this weekend. Give three cheers to Alvy Carragher, Aoife Mulvey & Anne Marie Kennedy, all brilliant poets, who will be joining me in THE WORD tent in the Mindfield area, 3pm Sunday.