Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Jane Clarke and Siobhan Campbell are among the many wonderful poets that Solas Nua has brought to Washington DC and that are in this archive.
Look, listen and enjoy!
The Irish Poetry Reading Archive (IPRA) is a central repository that holds recordings of Irish poets and writers, reading their own work and giving a very brief overview of the context and circumstances that influenced the writing of their poems.
Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten copies of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland. It includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets.
Recordings began in April 2014, and the archive was launched in December 2015 by the Minister of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys. Bringing together the voices of Irish poets in a curated secure environment ensures that this cultural heritage collection is preserved for future generations. Over time, the collection will become a resource of national scope and significance, serving both national and international readers and scholars with interests in Irish poetry. As part of this archive, a range of other material is being captured and preserved - including an ‘in conversation’ series, ‘publishers of poetry series’ and a ‘lecture series
UCD Library is extremely grateful to the large number of poets who are featured in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, many of them Aosdána members, who have generously and freely given of their time to initiate the project. This collection is an ongoing project.
Poetry Reading - Julie Morrissy
Hillyer Art Space - 9 Hillyer Court
(Dupont Circle Metro - Q Street Exit)
In Glasnevin by Jane Clarke wins the inaugural Irish Poem of the Year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in Dublin.
In October, poets Jane Clarke and Teri Cross Davis read from their recently published work at Hillyer Art Space
A wonderful (full house) evening of brilliant poetry, thought provoking participatory art and vibrant discussion at The Hillyer Art Space.
Above, from left to right:
Solas Nua's Paddy Meskell with Visual arts curator and artist Jackie Hoysted, DC based poet Teri Cross Davis and Hennessy award winning poet Jane Clarke at The Hillyer Art Space; poet Teri Cross Davis reading from her book Haint; award winning poet Jane Clarke reading from The River; artist Jackie Hoysted with poets Teri Cross Davis and Jane Clarke.
About the poets
"Jane's poems have a two-fold quality of tenderness - not simply their affectionate respect for people and for ways of life, but also the courage to go close to the raw places, facing the grief and unease which comes from loving what can be or already has been lost."
- Philip Gross, Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009
Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.
Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane now lives near Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. She was shortlisted for the Royal Society for Literature Ondaatje Award 2016 and has won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. She also won the 2014 Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Collection Award, the 2014 Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition, the inaugural Poems for Patience, 2013; Listowel Writers' Week (2007) and the iYeats (2010) and was shortlisted for the 2013 & 2014 Hennessy Literary Awards.
Visit Jane's website
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a Cave Canem fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has attended the Soul Mountain Writer's Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC) and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Her first collection Haint was published in June, 2016 by Gival Press. She lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.
Visit Teri's website
Authors from Solas Nua's Literature Series
Award winning author, Jan Carson, currently a community arts organizer in Belfast, returned in early April to Solas Nua's literature series with a reading from her work-in-progress about a young man growing up in East Belfast. Her novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary.
Northern Ireland playwright and short story writer Rosemary Jenkinson read from her new story collection, "Aphrodite's Kiss and Further Stories."
Among her plays is "Johnny Meister and the Stitch," which was produced by Solas Nua. Her new play, "The Dealer of Ballynafeigh," opened at The Keegan Theatre in October 2015.
"Mary Costello is one of those lovely softly spoken writers who is has been quietly juggling home, family and writing for years, pulling together strands of experience with beautiful language to weave stories that stop you in your tracks. It’s been a quiet process, although not without it’s highlights, including being shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. That was until an independent Irish publisher launched her first short story collection. And then the whole world sat up and took notice."--writing.ie
Read a review of her debut novel here.
Mary read for Solas Nua from her Booker Prize Candidate novel "Academy Street" at the Petworth Citizen Reading Room, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington, D.C.
In fall, 2014, Solas Nua presented readings by three Irish authors. On September 30th Donal Ryan read for us at Busboys and Poets (5th and K Streets NW). He read from his novels The Thing About December and The Spinning Heart. On October 8th Jan Carson read from her novel Malcom Orange Disappears. And on October 27th Eimear McBride read from A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.