An­thol­ogy launched at spe­cial Muck­ross event

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By TADHGEVANS

SHOW­CAS­ING the tal­ents of 16 Kerry po­ets, some of whom have never had their work pub­lished be­fore, ‘Still in the Dream­ing’ is as im­pres­sive an an­thol­ogy of mod­ern po­etry in the county as one could ask for.

And the pub­li­ca­tion had the kind of launch it de­served last week at Muck­ross House, a night that fea­tured such fes­tiv­i­ties as a drinks re­cep­tion, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, and read­ings by the po­ets them­selves.

As the book was launched by Kil­lar­ney MD Leas Cathaoir­leach Coun­cil­lor John Joe Cul­loty, it brought to an end a process which be­gan last sum­mer with call­outs through var­i­ous forms of me­dia.

Fol­low­ing that, 16 po­ets were se­lected: Faye Boland, Lor­raine Carey, Conor Cleary, Bar­bara Der­byshire, Kevin Grif­fin, Philom­ena Hearne (née Stack), Michael Joyce, Vic­to­ria Ken­nefick, Noel King, Mary Lav­ery Car­rig, John Mc­Grath, Paul Mur­phy, Eliz­a­beth Mur­tough, Mar­ian Reli­han, Ber­nadette Ní Ri­ada, and Lola Scol­lard.

They then worked with Kerry’s Writer in Res­i­dence, An­nemarie Ní Chur­reáin, set­ting in mo­tion an edit­ing and pro­duc­tion process which in­cluded work­shops in Kerry County Coun­cil and fi­nally cul­mi­nated in last week’s launch.

And, as An­nemarie ex­plains, the an­thol­ogy also serves as a re­minder of one of the county’s most fa­mous lit­er­ary tal­ents.

“I chose ‘Still in the Dream­ing’ for the ti­tle of the book as a tribute to the late John Moriarty,” Ms Ní Chur­reáin said.

“John was a poet who was deeply in­spired by na­ture, and he de­scribed Kerry’s land­scape as one that was still in the dream­ing.”

The book will be avail­able for loan through Kerry Li­braries and, for a lim­ited time, for pur­chase at the Kerry County Coun­cil (KCC) Arts Of­fice.

KCC Arts Of­fi­cer Kate Ken­nelly was among those to ex­tol the virtues of the new an­thol­ogy, and she en­cour­age peo­ple to take a look for them­selves and thanked the many bod­ies which sup­ported the project.

“These new po­ems all cap­ture in their own way the deep con­nec­tions of na­ture and nur­ture that Kerry peo­ple feel for the world and peo­ple around them,” Ms Ken­nelly ex­plained last week.

“Each poem is a wor­thy ad­di­tion to the trea­sure that is Kerry lit­er­a­ture, and the book is some­thing to be proud of.

“The res­i­dency was sup­ported by Kerry County Coun­cil, The Arts Coun­cil, The Trustees of Muck­ross House and Gar­dens, the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice, Cre­ative Ire­land Kerry, and along with Kerry County Mu­seum’s host­ing of the work­shops and Kerry Li­brary host­ing work­shops also, re­flects the strong sup­port there is for writ­ing in the county.”

The writer in res­i­dence pro­gramme recom­mences next March. Fur­ther de­tails on this ini­tia­tive will be pro­vided on so­cial me­dia @Ker­ryCoArts on Twit­ter and Face­book; and through the Arts Of­fice’s e-news­let­ter.

LEFT: Pho­tos by Don MacMona­gle ABOVE: 16 po­ets were se­lected, and they worked with An­nemarie to pol­ish and hone their po­ems in prepa­ra­tion for pub­li­ca­tion.

Kerry County Coun­cil’s writer in res­i­dence An­nemarie Ní Chur­reáin (cen­tre) pic­tured at the launch of Launch of ‘Still In The Dream­ing’with Kil­lar­ney MD Leas Cathaoir­leach John Joe Cul­loty and Kerry County Coun­cil Arts Of­fi­cer Kate Ken­nelly.

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