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Gala Poetry Reading with Paula Meehan & Theo Dorgan
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre
03300 561 025

Mon 22 July | 7pm | £13

Presented as part of the John Hewitt International Summer School 2024

Paula Meehan is among the best-known and most admired of contemporary Irish poets. Born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives, she has published seven collections of poems including, most recently, ‘The Solace of Artemis’ as well as ‘As If By Magic: Selected Poems’ (2021). Paula is a member of Aosdána and from 2013 to 2016 she was Ireland Professor of Poetry. Her lectures from this time were published in 2016, titled ‘Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them’,.

Paula Meehan is that rare and precious thing—a vocational poet of courage and integrity – Carol Ann Duffy

Theo Dorgan is one of Ireland’s foremost poets. In ‘Once Was a Boy’, his vivid, unsparing, new collection, he reaches deep into his Cork childhood to examine, among other things, the wellsprings of what would become a life in poetry. His most recent collections of poetry are ‘Nine Bright Shiners’ (2014) and ‘Orpheus’ (2018). Awards include the Irish Times | Poetry Now Prize, Listowel Prize for Poetry and The O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Poetry. He is a member of Aosdána.

Theo Dorgan … one of the great keepers of the Grail of Irish poetry in the current era – Bernad O’Donoghue