Tuesday April 24th
Nun’s Island Theatre, 23 Nun’s Island, Galway
Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015 to both public and critical acclaim. In 2016 she won the Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award, the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry and The River was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Literary Award.
Michael Coady lives in Carrick-on-Suir, the town of his birth. Writer, photographer and musician, he was elected to Aosdána in 1998. He has received short story prizes, the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (1979) and the 2004 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award. His most recent book is Given Light which integrates poetry, prose and photographs.
Coady’s writing is principally concerned with the mystery of time, transience and continuity, nding its motifs of individual human destiny, community, mortality and memory in an intimately-known anchorage of place – in his case, that of the lower Suir valley.
Tuesday April 24th
University College Hospital Newcastle Rd , Galway
Poems for Patience Launch
Poems for Patience is a long-running programme established by Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. Poems are displayed on the Arts Corridor of the hospital and also displayed in waiting areas throughout the hospital and associated hospital units. In the past, the series has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Vona Groarke, Jane Hirsch eld and Tess Gallagher.
This year’s selection has been kindly chosen by Michael Coady.
Cúirt in association with Solstice Arts Centre presents
What to Bring When We Leave: a collaborative commission culminating in a unique continuous live performance by poet Tom French and music Danny Diamond. Each artist stretches the other’s narratives in spoken and unspoken airs, finding solace in the unexpected places between.
Tom French’s poetry draws on the traditional arts, folklore and rural Irish life; he writes vividly about traditional music, the people who play(ed) it, and the context in which it lives.
“French’s ability in each of his books, is to nd a way into such places, where the “beautifully executed wounds” are shown for what they are” — John McAuliffe
As a traditional fiddle player, music archivist and researcher, Danny Diamond’s compositions bring a corresponding unconventional sensitivity to a similar sphere that informs French’s work. A unique What To Bring When We Leave publication of photography, poetry and music will accompany the tour.
Duration: Approx 40 minutes
What To Bring When We Leave is a Solstice Arts Centre commission creatively produced by Belinda Quirke.