Monday, July 30, 2012

Anthology for a River launched in Limerick

I went to Limerick last Thursday to read my poem which is included in the Anthology for a River collection. This is a fund raising and awareness raising venture as part of a campaign to call a halt to the water extraction proposals Dublin City Council is pushing as a solution to chronic water shortages in the capital.

The campaign is organised by the River Shannon Protection Alliance. More details here and here.

Edited by well known Limerick writer, Teri Murray, the anthology includes the work of 38 poets who have either written tributes to the Shannon or jeremiads against Dublin City Council’s plans.

Mine was neither really, a short poem written in Dromineer on Lough Derg at a poetry workshop by Dublin poet Tony Curtis. It's called Diving into Lough Derg.

A great night in the White House pub, lots of fun and enthusiasm, chat and poetry. Jane Clarke from Dublin, originally Roscommon, also drove down to read one poem so I felt less of a fool. I also met poets Richard Halperin and Tim Cunningham there.

Anyway Limerick is a great place to visit. I went down early, looked around St Mary's Cathedral and browsed the second-hand bookshops.

Photos: Poets reading at the event: Dominick Taylor, Noel King and Shiela Fitzpatrick O'Donnell

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