Sunday, January 28, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Podcast

White House Poetry Revival Podcast

White House Poetry Revival Wed 31st Jan 2007


White House Poetry Revival
Wed 31st Jan 2007 9.00pm

This weeks special guest is poet Jean O Brien.

Jean O'Brien was born in Dublin and has recently moved to the midlands, after being writer in residence for Co. Laois in 2005.
She has published widely in magazines and journals in Ireland, the UK and the USA.
She has taken part and read at various venues and festival both here and abroad and has read as far afield as New York and Maylasia.

Her work has featured on RTE Radio !, The Poets Chair, The Arts Show and on The Darkness Echoing, she has also broadcast on Lyric FM, Midlands Radio and many local radio stations.

She has had two chapbooks published and two full collections, The Shadow Keeper Salmon 1997 and her most recent Dangerous Dresses (Bradshaw Books 2005).

Jean holds an M. Phil. in creative writing from Trinity College Dublin and was a founding member of the celebrated Dublin Writers Workshop. She was the administrator for Poetry Ireland for a year, and administrator of the National Poetry Competition/Friends Provident for three years.

She currently runs creative writing courses in the Irish Writers Centre and has run courses for various county council, and in Mountjoy and Portlaoise Prison. She is part of the writer in school scheme.

For Further Information contact:

Barney Sheehan at 086 8657494 or Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409.
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Friday, January 26, 2007

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

White House poetry Slide Show 24th Jan 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Wed 24th Jan 2007


White House Poetry Revival
Wed 24th Jan 2007 9.00pm

This weeks special guest poet is Todd Swift.

Born in Montreal in 1966 Swift has lived in Budapest and Paris, and is now based in London (UK). He took an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia (UEA) where his tutors were Denise Riley and George Szirtes. He lectures part-time in English and Creative Writing at Kingston University and is a Core Tutor with The Poetry School. He has been the Oxfam GB Poet in Residence (a position he developed with Arts Council England) since 2004 and hosts the Oxfam Poetry Series. His poetry has appeared widely in publications such as The Guardian, Jacket, New American Writing, Poetry Review, The Shop and Vallum. His reviews have appeared in Books in Canada, The Globe and Mail and Poetry London, among others. His poetry appears in the major anthologies Open Field (Persea, 2005) edited by Sina Queyras and The New Canon (Véhicule, 2005) edited by Carmine Starnino. His poetry collections, all from DC Books, Montreal, are Budavox (1999), Café Alibi
(2002) and Rue du Regard (2004). With composer Tom Walsh he created the CD Swifty Lazarus: The Envelope, Please (Wired On Words, 2002). He is the editor of numerous poetry anthologies, including 100 Poets Against The War (Salt, 2003) and the audio CD Life Lines: Poets for Oxfam. He is poetry editor of online magazine nth position. He is co-editor (with Jason Camlot) of Language Acts (Véhicule), the first study of Anglo-Quebec poetry in 40
years, to be launched April 2007. He is currently editing The Carcanet Book of 20th Canadian Verse.

And don't forget Todd will be reading Thursday 24th in Galway as
Over The Edge celebrates its fourth birthday.

The first Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2007 takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, January 25th, 6.30-8pm.The Featured Readers are Elaine Feeney, Mary Mullen & Todd Swift. The reading is a special occasion for co-organisers, Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins, as it is the fourth anniversary of the series, which began in January 2003.
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Slide Show 17th Jan 2007

Sunday, January 14, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Wed 17th Jan 2007


White House Poetry Revival
Wed. 17th Jan 2007 9.00pm

Issue No 2 of the WhiteHousePoets
new poetry journal
Will be launched Wednesday
17th Jan 2007 at 9.00pm

All Welcome
Wine and Finger Food

A reading by a selection of poets from REVIVAL follows.

Followed by the Belfast Poets Touring Group and open-mic

The Belfast Poets have for some time now been breaking new ground for people living in Northern Ireland and, of course, new ground for the Belfast Poets.
Recently back from Australia and since then they have organised the Love Poetry Hate Islamophobia show with added music and visuals - also the Love Music Hate Racism show in Derry - Gordon Hewitt, spokesman for the group said "that it probably was one of the best shows we have done and more the kind of show you might see in Australia - with us, dance/jungle DJ's and a brilliant Nigerian band called Talking Drum playing Nigerian rebel music - good crowd and very receptive to us - it was so quiet that even the bar staff were putting the ice in the glasses "gently" while we were on - a good sign".

They are now embarking on a tour of the island - Ireland and Northern Ireland - 6 shows in 9 days - their real aim is to link up all the disparate groups of poets around the island and to build a circuit that can be utilised to create avenues to work with people who at present work in isolation from each other.

They will also be organising more Love Poetry Hate Racism shows throughout the year but intend to to put on a big event in April with which they want to involve everyone wherever they are. Come what may they will be aiming to perform regularly the rest of the year. You can catch the Belfast Poets this Wed 17th Jan only at the White House Pub, Limerick. Get there early.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

White House Poetry Slide Show 10th Jan 2007

Thursday, January 04, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Wed 10th Jan 2007

White House Poetry Revival
Wed 10th Jan. 2007 9.00pm

This weeks guest poet is Mark Granier.

MARK GRANIER's first collection, Airborne, was published in 2001. Here is what Eamon Grennan said about it:

"What I like about Mark Granier's work is his sense of the edgy play in words themselves, together with his straightforward command of narrative happenings. In his deft illuminations of the ordinary world, Granier shows us the thin partition dividing a chilled sense of mortality from that throbbing everyday life we live and try to be aware of. Airborne is at once buoyant and "down to earth...", as good poems should be."

Mark Granier was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in 2002 and won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize in 2004. His second collection, The Sky Road, is forthcoming from Salmon in early 2007.

Further details, reviews, sample poems etc from:

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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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Slide Show No.33