Saturday, September 09, 2006

White House Poetry Revival Wed 13th Sept. 2006

White House Poetry Revival
Wed 13th Sept. 2005 9.00pm

This weeks guest poet is Co. Cork poet Leanne O Sullivan.

Leanne O'Sullivan is still in her early twenties, but has already won most of Ireland'smain poetry competitions and had poems published in many of the magazines -when no one knew her age. Her first collection Waiting for my Clothes, published by Bloodaxe 2004
traces a deeply personal journey, from the traumas of eating disorder and low self-esteem to thesaving powers of love and positive awareness. She has been writing poetrysince she was 12, and began these poems not thinking they would ever formpart of a book, but 'writing down the reasons I should live for' and then'becoming addicted to looking at things to find the beauty in them'.'What is remarkable about Leanne O'Sullivan is not that she is so youngbut that she dares to write about exactly what it is to be young. Ateen-age Virgil, she guides us down some of the more hellish corridors ofadolescence with a voice that is strong and true. For that alone, shedeserves our full attention' - Billy CollinsLeanne O'Sullivan was born in 1983 in Cork, and is currently studyingEnglish at University College Cork. Her poems have been published or givenawards when no one knew her age; she has won first prize in the Seacatpoetry competition, the RTE Rattlebag Poetry Slam and the Davoren HannaAward for Young Emerging Irish Poet.

The White House Poetry Revival has being going now for three years. Every Wednesday the famous old world bar is transformed into a centre of culture as poets recite their latest work. Barney Sheehan and Dominic Taylor , the people behind the revival of poetry at the White House, continue to attract the best of Irish and International poetry to Limerick. The White House Poets would like to acknowledge the involvement of the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, Limerick City Council and the White House Bar for their continued support that has helped make the White House one of the pre eminent venues for poetry in Ireland.

As usual the reading is preceded by an open mic session in which anyone who wishes to read is invited to do so. Complementary finger food is provided and proceeding commence at 9.00 pm.

For further information contact Barney Sheehan at 086 8657494 or Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409.
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