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Words by Water 2019 Afternoon of Poetry Followed by Poetry Competition Awards

October 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Afternoon of Poetry

Followed by Poetry Competition Awards

Christopher Reid was born in Hong Kong in 1949. He has written many books of poems, for adults and for children. His most recent publications include A Scattering, which was named Costa Book of the Year for 2009; The Song of Lunch, which became the screenplay for a BBC2 film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson; Nonsense, 2012; Six Bad Poets, 2013; and The Curiosities, 2015.

He wrote the words for Colin Matthews’s No Man’s Land, which was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2011 and went on to win a New Music Award. In 2014, the actor Robert Bathurst presented A Scattering and The Song of Lunch as a theatrical double bill, with a premiere at the Minerva Studio in Chichester, and The Song of Lunch ran for a month at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Reid’s latest collection, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs, conceived as a canine companion for T.S. Eliot’s Practical Cats, appeared in the autumn of 2018.

He is currently at work on an edition of Seamus Heaney’s correspondence.

John Mee won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015 and the Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition in 2016. His pamphlet, From the Extinct, was published by Southword Editions in February 2017. He has published poems in The Rialto, Prelude (New York), The North, The Shop, Poetry on the Buses (London), Cyphers, Coast to Coast to Coast, The Irish Examiner, Southword, The Quarryman, and The Cork Literary Review, as well as in various anthologies.

He has published fiction in Ambit. He is the coordinator of the Butchers Upstairs poetry group. He was born in Canada but has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He is a professor in the Law School at University College Cork.

Róisín Tierney is an Irish poet who lived in Spain for several years (Valladolid and Granada) and is now based in London. She read in Dublin as part of the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in June 2008 and also featured as one of Ireland’s ‘Rising Poets’ in Poetry Ireland Review in 2016.

Her pamphlet Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. She has won prizes in many national competitions including the Strokestown, the Brendan Kennelly, the Bridport and the Winchester Poetry Prize and is a Hawthornden Fellow. Her debut collection The Spanish-Italian Border is published by Arc (2014). A more recent pamphlet Five Poems is published by Clutag Press.

This event will be followed by the awards ceremony for our Creative Writing competitions

Date: Fri 4th Oct 2019

Time: 4 pm – 5.30 pm

Venue: The Lord Kingsale

Cost: €12


October 4, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Words by Water / Kinsale Literary Festival
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The Lord Kingsale
4 Main Street, Kinsale, Cork P17 AX67 Ireland + Google Map