Now that’s what I call poetry
POETRY NOW 2008 Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Apr 3-6 Various prices, festival ticket €80/¤55/¤45 (excludes workshops) 01-231 2929 www.pavilion theatre.ie Workshops by application to DLR Arts Office 01-271 9531/ firstname.lastname@example.org www.poetrynow.ie
The annual Poetry Now festival in Dún Laoghaire attracts some of the brightest stars of the international poetry world as well as the cream of Irish poets. This year there will be readings by Americans CD Wright, Meghan O’Rourke and Brian Turner, whose experience serving in the US army in Bosnia and in Iraq has inspired his powerful, thought-provoking work.
Daljit Nagra (below), whose first collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover!, written partly in Punjabi slang, was a big critical hit and won the 2007 Forward Prize, will be among the guests as will Italian poet Antonella Anneda, Iranian-born Mimi Khatali, Jamaican Kei Miller and British poet Jamie McKendrick. The home team this year boasts Seamus Heaney, Bernard O’ Donoghue, and Sinead Morrissey, among others. The Irish Times Poetry Now award will be presented on Saturday afternoon (April 5th) and the Strong Award (for the best first collection) on Sunday (April 6th).
Irish Times journalist Belinda McKeon, the curator of this year’s festival, will get things started on Thursday at lunchtime with a lecture entitled Poem Springing, exploring the relationship between interpretation and meaning for the reader of a poem. Ruth Padel, as well as writing poetry, has written some of the most illuminating prose about poetry including 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem and The Poem and the Journey and her keynote lecture, on Thursday evening should be well worth catching. And the poetry scene will be put under the miscroscope at a panel discussion The Quarrel With Ourselves – Who Reads Poetry, Anyway?, organised in association with Poetry Ireland.
Definitely the Cannes of poetry festivals.