Poets from Limerick, Ireland at Pizza Express Friday 8th April

Pighog Press
presents a special free event for Crawley WordFest

Munster Poets

Ciaran O’Driscoll
Bridget Wallace
Mark Whelan

Friday 8 April
Upstairs at Pizza Express
2 The Boulevard
West Sussex RH10 1XX
01293 531678

Three fascinating poets from the province of Munster have flown in exclusively for the Crawley Word Fest supported by Arts Services, Limerick City Council.

With its blend of dark humour and lyrical craft, it’s no surprise that Ciaran O’Driscoll’s poetry has received international acclaim. His work combines a killer sense of humour with the acumen and verbal dexterity gained over a lifetime creating and teaching art and literature. O’Driscoll has five poetry collections to his credit. Among the many awards O’Driscoll has won are the James Joyce Literary Millennium Prize and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His election in 2007 to the Aosdána, an institution established by the Irish Arts Council to honour artists and writers who have made an outstanding contribution to art and literature, confirms O’Driscoll’s position as one of the leading Irish poets of his generation. He was born in Callan, Co. Kilkenny in 1943, and now lives in Limerick.

Bridget Wallace is a native of Limerick city. She has been writing poetry for many years and has been published in Incognito and The Stony Thursday Book. Some of her most recent work appears in Sextet, an anthology. Bridget also has a strong academic interest in literature, particularly poetry, and has been a tutor with Oscail, the Irish Open University. In 2010 she graduated with a PHD from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Bridget’s special area of interest is Postcolonial theory and modern Middle Eastern literature, with a particular focus on poetry.

Mark Whelan was born in Limerick in 1960 and with Paul Sweeney was instrumental both in the establishment of what is now known as Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival and in the revival of The Stony Thursday Book literary journal, for which he was editor of four editions. Involved in just about every poetry event in Limerick, his collections are Scarecrow Dyptich (2003), from Anam Press, with illustrations by John Shinnors, and Pushing The Pull Door (2008), from Revival Press—the imprint of the White House Poets.

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