Listowel Writers’ Week 2019

I’m delighted to be heading back to Listowel next week for Writers’ Week 2019. I had a wonderful time there last year when I took part in the Michael Hartnett Poetry event along with Caoilinn Hughes and Mark Roper, chaired by John O’Donnell. Listowel is a very special festival, such a welcoming and delightful place to spend time with like minded people.

This year I’m especially pleased to be reading my poem “Birthday” at the opening ceremony of the festival on the evening of 29th May at the Listowel Arms. Joseph O’Connor will officially open proceedings and there will be music from Liam O’Connor and Emma Langford.

As you might recall “Birthday” won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018 in November. I recently made a recording of the poem at Porchlight Studios in Ranelagh which you can listen to here. My thanks to Niall at Porchlight and Orla Grant-Donoghue for making the recording possible.

Birthday by Brian Kirk


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