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The Blank Page: Poets in Conversation.
Poets from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney have used the National Library’s reading rooms, and the literary papers of many poets are part of the library’s manuscripts collections. As they look forward to the opening of the exhibition “Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again” in summer 2018, join us for The Blank Page – a series in which poets will discuss their work with critic, editor and broadcaster, Niall MacMonagle.

Thursday 26 April at 7pm – National Library of Ireland

Join poets Clodagh Beresford Dunne and Martin Dyar for the first conversation in the series which begins on Poetry Day Ireland.
Beginning with a general conversation about poetry in general and what led the participants to poetry, the discussion will move on to consider a specific work.
Each poet will choose one poem from their work prior to the event.
Niall will lead the discussion on the story of the poem and how it came to be written, imagery, narrative etc. The aim is to have a relaxed conversation which will give the audience an insight into the work of the poet and the making of the chosen poem.

Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford, County Mayo. His debut poetry collection Maiden Names (Arlen House), described by the poet Bernard O’Donoghue as ‘a thrilling new development in Irish poetry’, was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore. His work has been added to the Leaving Cert prescribed poetry syllabus and has been included in the anthologies Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916 (Penguin); and Everything to Play For: Ninety-nine Poems About Sport (Poetry Ireland). Formerly a fellow in creative writing at the University of Iowa, and a writer in residence at the Washington Ireland Programme, he holds the 2018 Arts Council writer in residence fellowship at the University of Limerick.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne is a County Waterford poet. Her work has appeared in journals in Ireland, the U.K. and the USA, and has been broadcast in Ireland and the USA. She received the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging Writer Bursary in 2016, and in the same year, gave a series of readings and interviews in the USA, as part of Culture Ireland’s International Programme. In 2017 her poem “Seven Sugar Cubes” was voted Listowel Writers’ Week “Irish Poem of the Year” at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. A qualified solicitor, journalist and teacher, she is currently assembling her first full collection.

Niall MacMonagle, critic and broadcaster, is a regular contributor to the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme on Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited numerous anthologies including Real Cool, Slow Time, Off the Wall, Lifelines, TEXT A Transition Year English Reader, the Leaving Certificate Poetry Now textbooks and Windharp. He is the originator of the Poetry Aloud: poetry speaking competition for post-primary schools. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature by UCD in 2017 for his services to literature.

This is the first of four conversations. The series continues on May 10, 17 and concludes on June 7.

All welcome!
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