last Wednesday night, Paul Muldoon read from his latest poetry collection; he was a guest on the RTE Radio 1 show, Arena. Immediately following his reading, the commentator gave a line-up of festivals taking place over the weekend and gave the Dromineer Literary Festival top billing, citing the great writers of high quality that would be attending.
Dromineer Literary Festival, now in its eighth year, has grown up. From its fledgling beginnings, it has become a festival of national and international renown, but without ever losing sight of its objective; to maintain the intimate, accessible and friendly nature of the festival with which they first set out, and to continue its reputation for quality and for fun.
“Dermot Healy, Kerry Hardie and Catherine Phil McCarthy make poems that poetry lovers love to hear and poets aspire to write. Their readings on Thursday September 29 filled the space with mesmerising pictures of each poet’s interior and exterior worlds. After the readings the poets mingled with the audience, took questions and did book signings,” said Eleanor Hooker, festival vice-chair and PRO.
At the launch last Friday, Nenagh Players actors Niamh Hogan and Stuart Andrew read the winning entries in the adult short story and poetry competitions. The measure of the success and impact of their delivery was the way in which the authors themselves listened, enraptured, and in their comments afterwards, that it was like hearing their work anew.
These readings are of themselves a performance by the Nenagh Players and, so eagerly awaited, they provide an essential element to the launch of the festival, she said.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star
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