Poetry at Dromineer Literary Festival October 6th to 9th 2016

The twelfth annual Dromineer Literary Festival takes place October 6-9 this year. Our Poetry Evening takes place Friday, October 7 at 8pm at Dún Mhuire, Pearse Street, Nenagh (please note venue). We are excited and honoured to have internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning poets Colette Bryce, Don Share and Robert Peake read at this event. These are poets who take their place on the world stage and it’s fantastic that they are travelling some distances to participate at the festival. Poet and short story writer Aideen Henry will introduce the poets and lead the discussions.

A key philosophy of the Dromineer Literary Festival is to celebrate the creativity of emerging writers. This year, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, recipient of the Arts Council Emerging Writer Bursary, will open the poetry evening with three poems from her manuscript in progress.

Don Share’s poetry workshop at Lough Derg Yacht Club,Saturday morning October 8 is now fully booked, however there are places available on Danielle McLaughlin’s Writing the Short Story workshop, email info@dromineerliteraryfestival.ie for details.

Colette Bryce is judge for the 2016 adult poetry competition. The Award Ceremony will take place from 2.30-3.30pm,Saturday afternoon, October 8 at Lough Derg Yacht Club. At the ceremony Ms Byrce will give her citations on the three winning poems, Anthony Glavin will give his comments on the three winning flash fiction pieces and Geraldine Mitchell will give her citation on the six winning poems in the Primary Schools’ Poetry Prize. This is always a hugely popular event.

At The Launching Party, Lough Derg Yacht Club, Saturdayafternoon, October 8, 4.00-5.30pm, local writer Eleanor Hooker along with poets Catherine Ann Cullen and Mark Fiddes will launch their new poetry collections. We are delighted that Don Share will introduce the poets and their books.


Dromineer Literary Festival is run by a team of volunteers, our reward, after a year of planning and hard work, is to see you at some or all of our events; this festival is for you. For full details on all events please visit our websitewww.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie For booking please emailinfo@dromineerliteraryfestival.ie.


Here is a little about the poets participating in the 2016 festival.


Colette Bryce Dromineer Literary Festival

Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce is the author of four poetry collections, includingThe Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008). Her latest book, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe, was awarded a special Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney in 2015. Originally from Derry, she currently lives in the north of England where she works as a freelance writer and editor. She received the Cholmondeley Award for her poetry in 2010.


Don Share is the editor of Poetry.  His most recent books are Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he also edited a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems for Faber. His translations of Miguel Hernández was awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize. His other books include Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), Squandermania (Salt), and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine(University of Chicago Press), a sequel to which will appear in 2017.  He received a VIDA Award in 2015 for his “contributions to American literature and literary community.”


Robert Peake Dromineer Literary festival

Robert Peake

Robert Peake is an American-born poet living near London. He created the Transatlantic Poetry series, bringing poets together for live online readings and conversations. His film-poems have been widely screened in the US and Europe. His collection The Knowledge is available from Nine Arches Press.


Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin and now lives on the Co. Mayo coast. She won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since published two collections: World Without Maps (Arlen House, 2011) and Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014).Other publications include two novels for young people and biography.


Eleanor Hooker, photograph by Gerardine Wisdom Dromineer Literary Festival

Eleanor Hooker, photograph by Gerardine Wisdom

Eleanor Hooker’s second poetry collection A Tug of Blue(Dedalus Press) will be published October 2016. Her first collection The Shadow Owner’s Companion (Dedalus Press) was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine award for best first Irish poetry collection, 2012. She was awarded 1st Prize in the 2016 UK Bare Fiction Flash Fiction prize. She curates Dromineer Literary Festival and is helm at Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat.


Mark Fiddes’ controversial debut The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre was published last year by Templar as winner of their Iota Shots competition. Winner of last year’s Dromineer Poetry Prize, he was also runner-up in the 2015 Bridport Prize. A full collection The Rainbow Factory comes out later this year.


Catherine Ann Cullen‘s third collection of poetry, The Other Now (Dedalus Press) Oct. 2016, features new poems and a selection from her collections with Doghouse: Strange Familiarand A Bone in My Throat. Her children’s books, Thirsty Babyand the award-winning The Magical, Mystical, Marvellous Coat, were published by Little, Brown. She has just submitted her PhD thesis in creative writing at Middlesex University.


Clodagh Beresford Dunne is a 2016 recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Emerging Writer Award Bursary. A qualified lawyer, she was one of two Irish poets to deliver a series of poetry readings and interviews in the USA, in April 2016, as part of Culture Ireland’s International Programme.

Aideen Henry lives in Galway and is a writer and a physician. Her short story collection, Hugging Thistles, was published by Arlen House in 2013. Her short stories were shortlisted for the Francis McManus Award in Ireland in 2011, 2012 & 2015. Her two collections of poetry, Hands Moving at the Speed of Falling Snow (2010) and Slow Bruise (2015) were published with Salmon Poetry.


Dromineer Literary Festival October 6-9 2016

Dromineer, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

For full programme please visit our website www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie

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