Thursday, March 10, 2011

dlr Poetry Now 2011

The programme for this year's Poetry Now Festival at Dun Laoghaire has been announced. As usual a very interesting line up. Full details on the website where you can also book tickets. If you attend the two readings on the Saturday, at 6.30 and 8.30, you'll hear Dave Lordan, Fiona Sampson, Jaan Kaplinski, Gerald Stern & Sinéad Morrissey. That's a great selection and great variety as well - Irish, north and south, UK, USA and Estonia.

There's also the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Nominations include Muldoon, Carson, Heaney, Healy and Sara Berkeley. There's also poetry workshops by Don Paterson and Fiona Sampson.

The keynote address is by Canadian-born writer and translator, Anne Carson Her talk is entitled The Untranslatable. Speaking in Ireland for the first time, Carson will present what promises to be a characteristically hybrid and compelling exploration of a subject which she has come to know intimately through her work as a poet and classicist: translation and its difficulties, as well as untranslatability and its attractions and privileges. Carson will consider Homer, Joan of Arc, Rembrandt, Holderlin and Francis Bacon in the course of her lecture.

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