Summer School Readings

Readings during the Summer School:  Everyone welcome

Staff Concert:  With Sinead Morrissey, Leontia Flynn, Erika Meitner, Paul Maddern and Emma Must
Monday 22 June at 7.30 pm in Lanyon Building OG/074  (in through the main door of the Lanyon Building, turn left out to the Quad, along to the corner through double doors on your left then immediately right)

Student Concert:  Readings from the participants of the Summer School,
Wednesday 24 June at 7.30 pm in Lanyon Building OG/074

Awarding of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Prize for First Full Collection:  Readings by the three judges, Ciaran Carson, Alan Gillis and Miriam Gamble and the Winner of the Prize.   More details about the Prize for First Full Collection here.
Thursday 25 June at 7.30pm in No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue.


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Thursday, 30 April, at 8pm in the
Crescent Arts Centre

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s collections include Acts and Monuments (1972), The Second Voyage (1977, 1986), The Rose Geranium (1981), The Magdalene Sermon (1989) which was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award, and The Girl Who Married the Reindeer (2001). The Sun-fish was published in 2009 and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her Selected Poems was published in 2008. Her latest collection, The Boys of Bluehill, has just recently been published (February).

Michael Coady has published five collections with The Gallery Press: Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980), Oven Lane (1987. Revised 2014), All Souls (1997), One Another (2003) and Going by Water (2009).

Tom French’s first collection Touching the Bones (Gallery Press, 2001) was awarded the Forward Prize for First Collection 2002. He published The Fire Step in 2009. His latest collection, Midnightstown, was published in 2014.

 Presented in Association with Gallery Press

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Thursday 23 April, at 8pm in the
Crescent Arts Centre

Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poetry—most recently Copia (BOA Editions, 2014), and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner.    Currently, she is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program in creative writing, and lives in the mountains with her husband and two young sons.  As a Fulbright Scholar, she will be teaching and working on her fifth poetry collection, Fragments from Holymoleyland.

Margot (FitzGerald) Backus grew up in the midwestern US. As Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston, her areas of specialization include British and Irish modernisms and critical sexuality studies. Her book, The Gothic Family Romance: Heterosexuality, Child Sacrifice and the Anglo-Irish Colonial Order (Duke UP, 1999), won the American Conference for Irish Studies’ prize for a first book. Her second book is Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars (UNDP, 2013). As Fulbright scholar she will teach modules on modern Anglophone Irish literature, and twentieth-century Irish and Northern Irish scandals and scandal cultures, while researching the Kincora Boys’ Home scandal.

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Frank Ormsby: Book Launch

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Paula Meehan Lecture


 ‘The Solace of Artemis’

Thursday, 19 March, at 8pm in the
Crescent Arts Centre


Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry delivers her second lecture during her three year tenure of the post. 

The full title of the lecture is ‘The Solace of Artemis: On Bears, On Memory and On Teachers’ and was inspired by a poem that she wrote in 2011 after reading the journal ‘Current Biology’.

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Alan Gillis and Tara Bergin

Thursday, 26 February at 8pm in the
Crescent Arts Centre

Alan Gillis’s fourth collection, Scapegoat, was published by Gallery Press in 2014. Hawks and Doves (2007) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Tara Bergin’s first collection, This is Yarrow (Carcanet, 2013) was winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection, and the 2014 Shine/Strong Poetry Award.

Next Generation poets will be supported by Leontia Flynn (previously a Next Generation Poet) and up and coming poet Stephen Sexton.

Presented in Association with the Poetry Book Society


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A Seamus Heaney Special Double Issue
Thursday 12 February, at 8pm in the McMordie Hall, Music Building,
Queen’s University Belfast

Together with Cork University Press, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry celebrates the publication of the 50th issue of The Irish Review. This special double issue features poetry, reflections and essays in honour of Seamus Heaney, with a number of contributions drawn from the four-day Seamus Heaney: A Conference and Commemoration organised by the Heaney Centre in April 2014. Professor Edna Longley, one of the founders and former editors of The Irish Review will reflect on the issue and its significance in the history of the journal since it first began in 1986. 

Presented in Association with Cork University Press.

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