North West Words

Promoting the Arts in the North West of Ireland

September event – North West Words Culture Night 22nd Sept 2017

Posted on Sep 9, 2017

Join us on Friday 22nd September for our Culture Night event in English and Irish with poet, and regular RTE Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany contributor, Denise Blake, and poet and novelist in Irish, Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird.

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Denise Blake’s poetry collections, Take a Deep Breath and How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy, are published by Summer Palace Press. Her third collection will be published soon by Revival Press. Denise is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany RTE Radio 1. She facilitates Creative Writing workshops in schools and with Adult groups. Denise is on Poetry Ireland’s Writers in the Schools Directory and the Irish Writers Centre mentor scheme.


Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird is the author of 10 books in Gaelic including 3 collections of poetry, most recently Bealach na Mine Buí which was published in 2015. He has won the Colonel O’ Neill prize and the Oireachtas na Gaeilge prize for poetry and has been shortlisted twice for the Strokestown Poetry Prize. He has been published widely in various literary journals and has read poetry throughout Ireland from Ballycastle in North Antrim to Cork, and from the Isle of Skye to New York. He founded An Chúirt Filíochta, an annual gathering and celebration of Irish Language poets, which is held in various locations around the country. At present he is putting the finishing touches to his latest novel and will have a book for children published later on this year.

Údar deich leabhar i nGaeilge é Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird ina measc 3 chnuasach filíochta. Is é ‘Bealach na Mine Buí’ a foilsíodh i 2015 an bailiúchán is déanaí uaidh. Bhuaigh sé duais an Choirnéil Uí Néill agus duais filíochta Oireachtas na Gaeilge agus ainmníodh ar an ghearrliosta faoi dhó é do dhuais idirnáisiúnta Bhéal na mBuillí. Tá a chuid filíochta foilsithe go forleathan in irisí liteartha agus léite aige ar fud na hÉireann agus thar lear. Bhunaigh sé An Chúirt Filíochta, cruinniú agus ceiliúradh bliantúil d’fhilí na Gaeilge a reáchtáltar in áiteanna éagsúla ar fud na tire. Faoi láthair tá úrscéal á chríochnú aige agus foilseofar leabhar do pháistí uaidh níos moille i mbliana.

There will also be music, trivia quizzes, and open mic – all providing a very enjoyable evening. Open mic is an opportunity for any audience member to read a short piece of their own work. So, if you have poetry, fiction or memoir pieces and want an opportunity to read them aloud, bring them with you to North West Words and put your name on our open mic list.
North West Words gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council, Donegal County Council and Earagail Arts Festival towards running this reading series. 
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