A special cultural highlight of the Stoneywood’s Festival this year is our poetry reading, due to take place on Saturday evening. This is a poetry reading like no other for it touches on the universal human condition. On this occasion, the voices rise from a place at the heart of a small community. Locality centres the universal – and our microcosm reflects the whole and if you are not a musician, you can still listen to poetry!
Three wonderful women poets have been invited to participate this year, to share their work from the heart. In the spirit of coming together to celebrate life and its noblest parts of being human! Kiltyclogher is delighted to host this poetic foray and lend joyful ears to the following poets:
Sinead Morrissey will be launching her latest collection of poetry 'On Balance'.
Sinead was born and grew up in Belfast. She has published six collections of poetry.
Her awards include the
Patrick Kavanagh Award, first place in the
UK National Poetry Competition, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the
Irish Times Poetry Prize (2009, 2013) and the
T S Elliot Prize (2013).
Parallax and Selected Poems was shortlisted for the
National Book Critics' Circle Award for Poetry (2015) and in 2016 she was awarded the
E M Foster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has served as Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate and has just been appointed
Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
Monica Cornish lives in Kinlough, North Leitrim. Her second poetry collection,
A Dying Language, was published in 2016 by the Irish Hospice Foundation. Monica was
SPARK writer-in-residence at the Leitrim Observer in 2014-15. She has received numerous awards and commendations. Monica will also be facilitating a workshop entitled: ‘Poetry and Story Inspired by Myth’ earlier on in the day in the Kiltyclogher Library for interested writers. She leads writing working workshops in the North West and elsewhere: www.monicacorish.ie
Teresa B. Lally was born and raised on Hill Farm overlooking Lough Measc in Tourmakeady, Co.Mayo”. Her first poetry collection’Doll’, was published in 2011 by Lapwing Press in Belfast. She is a recipient of the
Patrick and Catherine Kavanagh fellowship and was also a prizewinner in the
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition in 2009.
All proceeds from the Festival go to local charities including STOP Suicide and Ellie’s Page. Treat yourself to a summer feast on words, come along! Please ‘Like’ the StoneyWoods Festival Page to keep up to date with all developments and I’d be so grateful if you would share this post on!