Thursday, October 29, 2009

Latest issue of Revival

The latest issue of Revival the poetry journal published in Limerick was launched on 14 October during the Cuisle Poetry Festival in the famous poetry venue The White House Pub. This issue is a tribute to Limerick's Frank McCourt and the cover has an image of Frank by Una Heaton.

It contains a piece in memory of Frank McCourt by his brother Alphie and a poem by well known American poet W.S. Merwin which was read by the author at a recent memorial held in honour of Frank McCourt at Sun Valley Idaho.

Two of our Boyne Group members, Orla Fay and Tom Dredge have poems in the issue as has a member of the LitLab, Pat Devaney.

I was in the White House for the launch which was followed by a reading by that week's featured poet Maurice Riordan. Maurice was born in Lisgoold, Co Cork and lives in London and teaches on the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University.

This was followed by an open mic at which eighteen writers read from their work including myself. I had intended to read a poem about death but there were so many poems touching on that theme that I read one about fish and chips instead.

It was a great night of poetry which finished sometime aroung 12.30am. If you haven't been to a White House reading then you should try to get to one. It's a great experience. You can see a slideshow of the readers here - down the page to the relevant date.

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