Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stony Thursday - I'm In

The Cuisle Poetry Festival takes place in Limerick this week. Over the four days, 14 - 17 October, there will be lunchtime readings, readings for secondary school students, book launches and evening readings.

On tomorrow, Thursday, evening this year's Stony Thursday Book will be launched by editor, poet Ciaran O'Driscoll. I'm delighted that two of my poems will be included and two poems close to my heart as well! One was written after a visit to Auschwitz and the other is an attempt to write about writing a poem and to answer the question What is a poem?

The latest issue of Limerick's other poetry magazine, Revival, will be launched this Wednesday evening in the White House and two of our group members are published in this issue - Orla Fay and Tom Dredge. Well done!

This year’s line up of poets for the festival include international visiting poets Robert Hass (USA), Donald Hall (USA), Fleur Adcock (NZ/UK), Penelope Shuttle (UK), Aonghus MacNeachail (Scotland), Lidija Dimkovska (Slovenia), Taja Kramberger (Slovenia), Catherine Smith (UK), John O’Donoghue (UK) and Irish poets Patrick Moran, Ulick O’Connor, Clairr O’Connor and Paul Muldoon, Vivienne McKechnie, Maurice Riordan and Paul Sweeney. The full programme can be downloaded from the website.

By the way look what Irish soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni said defending his selection policy and his team's style of play:

In football, there are players who are aesthetically pleasing, and there are winning players. Some players may be beautiful to watch, but it is not enough. You need to win. There is poetry and there are novels. Novels are different to poetry.

Hmm so what novel would you compare the Irish team to?


Unknown said...

Congratulations Michael, well done on getting in. I've tried and failed, twice, and missed the deadline this year (doh), so I appreciate the prize of publication within it's pages as much as you do. Fabulous!

Michael Farry said...

Thanks Barbara, I think this is my third attempt. Delighted.