Saturday June 22nd, 2019

9.15 am – 11.15 am


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Saint Michael’s Church
11.30 am
Poetry, Politics and the Planet: a talk by Olivia O’Leary Olivia O’Leary has been for many years one of the most respected and incisive personalities in Irish current affairs journalism, especially television journalism. In recent years, her public role has expanded to include her interest in literature, and she has also become known as the presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s “The Poetry Programme”

2.30 pm
Readings by Bernard O’Donoghue and Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Both poets write poems that are deeply rooted in their own place. Gabriel lives in his native North Kerry, and Bernard divides his time between Oxford and his native Northwest Cork. Both poets are intensely conscious in their work of the fragility of the social and natural fabric of rural Ireland.

4.00 pm
Readings by Seán Hewitt and Ján Gavura
An English poet with Irish roots, Seán Hewitt works in Trinity College, Dublin. He won the 2017 Resurgence Prize, now called the Ginko Prize, which is the major award for a poem with an ecological focus. Ján Gavura is a Slovak poet and lecturer, who writes poems with a spiritual and ecological focus. His academic work often focuses on the study and translation of Irish
and Scottish poetry.

Waterville Community Centre
7.30 pm
The Clew Bay Perspective
Three poets who live on the shores of Clew Bay in Mayo and who, in their different ways, are very much rooted in that landscape, will share their poetic insights into the life and landscape of where they live (as well, of course, as other aspects of their work). Seán Lysaght, originally from Limerick, lives near Westport, and is well-known for his poetry of the natural world, as well as of historical and folkloric themes. Geraldine Mitchell, originally from Dublin, spent many years in France, before settling in Louisburgh, near Croagh Patrick. Her work is intensely alive to the many layers of her adopted place Ger Reidy is a native of the Westport area, a farmer and an engineer as well as a poet and fiction writer. His work reflects his deep roots in the life, work and environment of the area. Our magician/ musician-in-residence, Steve Cooney, is a frequent visitor to Achill Island, and his work in researching and renewing the music of eighteenth-century Ireland is in itself a valuable ecological work.

Waterville Inn
10.00 pm
Open Mic
Everybody is welcome to read or recite a poem, sing a song, play a tune and have a drink in convivial surroundings and company.