AUDIO – Fergal Keane reads from Benedictus

BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane has posted an audio clip of him reading a verse that gives him hope. From Benedictus, a book of blessing by John O’Donohue. This is the time to be slow,Lie low to the wallUntil the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to letThe wire brush of doubtScrape from your … Continue reading AUDIO – Fergal Keane reads from Benedictus

THEATRE – Insane Animals @HOME_mcr

Based on fiction. Inspired by facts. Written in lipstick. Held together by hairspray. Just in from an incredible theatrical spectacular - Insane Animals by Bourgeois and Maurice. This was my first experience of Bourgeois (George Hayworth) and Maurice (Liv Morris) - a sibling set of trendsetting aliens from a planet you won’t have heard of … Continue reading THEATRE – Insane Animals @HOME_mcr

Irish Eyes – Poets and Writers

On a recent trip home, I popped into the National Library and spotted this beauty. The painting is by the Danish artist, Claus Havemann. He has worked out of a studio in Cork for almost forty years. Who's who? The writers and poets shown in the painting: Samuel Beckett, Molly Keane, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, … Continue reading Irish Eyes – Poets and Writers

National Poetry Day

The theme for this year is 'Truth' No Second Troy BY William Butler Yeats Why should I blame her that she filled my days  With misery, or that she would of late  Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,  Or hurled the little streets upon the great,  Had they but courage equal to desire?  What … Continue reading National Poetry Day

LISTEN – Poems for Idle Workers- BBC Radio 4

From the BBC website A series of small poems by Holly Pester, set in the brief pauses of work-breaks. Inspired by Virgil, absurdism, and sound poetry. In the year 42 BC, the Latin poet Virgil began to write his famous Eclogues (the term comes from a word meaning sketch or draft), reflecting tensions in the … Continue reading LISTEN – Poems for Idle Workers- BBC Radio 4

Poetry in action

As taken by @HalfPintBlonde Wall poetry in Leiden, which is a lovely little town that looks quintessentially Dutch, down to the windmill at the edge of the canal 🌷 I love seeing art and words and poetry in action. Excellent spot K and thanks for letting me share! You can follow @HalfPintBlonde (and why wouldn't … Continue reading Poetry in action

LINK- Poet laureate writes sonnet for Armistice Day centenary events

Incredibly moving poem, published in the Guardian today. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a powerful and evocative piece on the legacy and effects of the Great War. Please click here to read 'A Wound in Time' - a poem commissioned by Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle's Armistice Day centenary event is called Pages of the Sea … Continue reading LINK- Poet laureate writes sonnet for Armistice Day centenary events

POETRY – My Ireland by Steven James Smith I've just been introduced to the poetry of Steven James Smith (@SJSWords), a Dublin born poet and playwrite. This poem was commissioned last year by the St Patrick's Festival, who wanted something new that would celebrate and reflect the Ireland of today. This must have exceeded their wildest dreams! The piece is incredibly relatable … Continue reading POETRY – My Ireland by Steven James Smith

POEM – Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It's been aaaaagggeeees since I've posted any poetry. As I am in a whimsical mood, I have decided on 'Kubla Khan - or A vision in a Dream; A Fragment'.* This 'fragment' was first conceived by Coleridge during an opium inspired dream in 1797 and first published in 1816. Though initially unappreciated, 'The poem is … Continue reading POEM – Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

My 2015 World Book Night choice

Real Poems for Unreal Times #WBN has been running for four years now. This is the third year that I have been participating and the third year that I'll be handing out my first choice pick - this year it's Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy. I love poetry. Before I could read - heck, … Continue reading My 2015 World Book Night choice