Dr Derek Coyle, the Director of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative, is giving a short course (four weeks) on contemporary Irish poetry. This starts tomorrow night at 7.00 p.m. in Wexford town library. Participants are free to pop in and out to a session that might interest them, although there is a cumulative power in attending all four sessions. It is great to see the library service support the ancient art of poetry. ... See MoreSee Less
Reading Modern Irish Poetry with Dr Derek Coyle
Apr 6, 7:00pm
Encounter and explore the best of modern Irish poetry with a passionate and exciting tutor.
This series will take place across four sessions:
Thursday evenings: April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Wexford Library, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Weeks and Themes:
1. Object poems: how Irish poets have used objects to explore a variety of perspectives on the world; poems by Eamon Grennan, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Eavan Boland.
2. ‘The Sense of Place’: how the geographies of home and hearth, as well as townland and region, inform Irish poetry; poems by John Montague, Michael Longley, Paula Meehan, Seamus Heaney.
3. ‘The Irish Family’: poems by Seamus Heaney, Dermot Healey, Eamon Grennan, Michael Longley, Paula Meehan.
4. ‘The Body and Sexuality/the Fantastical and the Imagined’: poems by Eavan Boland, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Cathal O’Searcaigh, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Muldoon.
This short course will introduce participants to Ireland’s greatest contemporary poets. We will read a varied selection of their work in a seminar setting where participants are free to interact with the seminar leader in a question and answer format. We will read a variety of poems by these poets with an eye to appreciating their subject matter and technique, and with the aim of deepening the pleasure we receive from the close reading of literary works. In the course of the series we will appreciate how these artists responded to changing circumstances in Ireland, sometimes even leading that change.
This course is aimed at poets and writers, avid readers, lovers of poetry, advanced Leaving Certificate students, teachers; anyone who wishes to enhance their skills and confidence in relation to the reading of poetry.
Dr Derek Coyle is an experienced teacher and workshop leader. He has published poems in Irish Pages, The Texas Literary Review, Cuadrivio, Wordlegs, The SHOp, Burning Bush 2, Glitterwolf, Skylight 47, Assaracus, Chelsea Station, RFD, and The Stony Thursday Book. He has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award (2010, 2014, 2015), the Bradshaw Prize (2011), and in 2012 he was a chosen poet for the Poetry Ireland ‘Introductions Series.’ In 2013 he was runner up in the Bradshaw Prize. He is a founding member of the Carlow Writers’ Co-Operative. He lectures in English Literature and Irish Studies at Carlow College/St Patrick’s.
To book your place, call us on 053 9196760.
Carlow Writers' Co-operative Group added 23 new photos to the album Clifton Redmond takes on Wales, March 2017.
Some snaps from the recent trip to Wales of Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member, Clifton Redmond. We are delighted at the many opportunities afforded to Clifton by our Welsh allies in the word, Mel Perry and Dominic Williams - tá buíochas ar leith ag dul dóibh as a gcúnamh. Clifton looks like he thoroughly enjoyed himself, and we are delighted that so many of his great poems have been heard the far side of the Irish Sea by appreciative ears and receptive hearts and minds. May the man from Hackettstown (via Rathvilly!) go from poetic strength to poetic strength! And, once again, to Mel and Dom: go raibh míle maith agat! ... See MoreSee Less
Some snaps from the recent trip to Wales of Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member, @[100001372215344:2048:Clifton Redmond]. We are delighted at the many opportunities afforded to Clifton by our Welsh allies in the word, @[666947321:2048:Mel Perry] and @[637507796:2048:Dominic Williams] - tá buíochas ar leith ag dul dóibh as a gcúnamh. Clifton looks like he thoroughly enjoyed himself, and we are delighted that so many of his great poems have been heard the far side of the Irish Sea by appreciative ears and receptive hearts and minds. May the man from Hackettstown (via Rathvilly!) go from poetic strength to poetic strength! And, once again, to Mel and Dom: go raibh míle maith agat!
Carlow Writers' Co-operative Group added 5 new photos.
Well done to Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member, Pauline Flynn, at the launch of 'Boyne Berries 21', where her poem 'Portrait' was published. Well done to you, Pauline. And amongst such fine company too, including Evan Costigan, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, and Jackie Gorman. 'Boyne Berries' has been a good and welcoming home for work from members of the Co-Operative over the years, and we appreciate the hard work that the volunteer editors of the little magazine scene put in. ... See MoreSee Less
Clifton Redmond reading his poem "Irish Lesson" at Tino's as Feature Reader with the Talisman Poetry and Spoken Word group on Wednesday 29 March 2017. This event in Swansea was the culmination of Clifton's literary exchange as part of the WISPA project.
Carlow Writers' Co-operative Group added 3 new photos.
The early reports are good, Clifton Redmond is doing Carlow proud in Wales, wooing them with his words and wit. Clifton has made his debut at West Wales' premier spoken word event, Poetry and Pints at the Queens. ... See MoreSee Less
There is something in the rich world of the arts for everyone, a great local initiative... ... See MoreSee Less
The Join In Festival takes place in Carlow from Thurs 30th March to Sun 2nd April. It has lots of fun and free activities for all ages and a chance to find out about getting more involved in our community. Plus a fab outdoor family fun day in the grounds of Carlow College and an afternoon of community participation skills, pop up poetry, free drama and art workshops - and the premiere of Equinox Theatre Company's The M House! In partnership with Carlow Library and Carlow Sports Partnership, VISUAL invites you to come and join in!!
Art in Ireland We look forward to the Carlow College/St Patrick's Literary Awards and Creative Writing showcase. In VISUAL Carlow tonight at 8.00 p.m., with author Ciaran Collins. ... See MoreSee Less
Derek Coyle, Thomas McGrath and Nicole Burke : Carlow College Literary Awards & Creative Writing Showcase
13th March 2017
The Carlow College Literary Awards brings together the entire college community to recognise and celebrate the very best of Carlow College literary talent. The awards gather together the college literary community in a spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition to celebrate the best prose and poetry of the past year. First Year Creative Writing class will also present a showcase of their writing.
Ciaran Collins, author of The Gamal, winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature in 2013, and described by the New York Times as ‘remarkable’ and the Irish Times as ‘outstanding’, will present the awards as well as read from his work. Awards will be given for Poetry and the Short Story/Flash Fiction.