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Poetry Reading with Joan McBreen, Geraldine Mitchell and Ryan Vine
Poetry Reading with Joan McBreen, Geraldine Mitchell and Ryan Vine and Music by Brian Parsons
Joan McBreen has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being Map and Atlas (2017). In 2014, she produced a CD The Mountain Ash in Connemara – Poems by Joan McBreen, with composer Glen Austin and the RTÉ Contempo String Quartet, and a broadside The Mountain Ash, with printmaker-artist Margaret Irwin West and printmaker Mary Plunkett. Originally from Sligo, she now divides her time between Tuam and Connemara.
Geraldine Mitchell’s most recent collection, Mountains for Breakfast, was published in 2017. Geraldine is Dublin-born but now lives on the Co. Mayo coast, near Louisburgh. She is a Patrick Kavanagh Award winner and her previous collections are World Without Maps (2011) and Of Birds and Bones (2014). Her latest collection was the focus ‘Mind Has Mountains,’ a visual response to her work by four artists, at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway, earlier this year.
Ryan Vine is the author of To Keep Him Hidden (Salmon Poetry, 2018), and a finalist for prizes including the May Swenson Prize and the Dorset Prize. His chapbook, Distant Engines, won a Weldon Kees Award. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Ireland Review. Ryan is chair of the English department at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.
Brian Parsons is formally trained in classical guitar but has developed a strong connection with Spanish/flamenco music since living in the south of Spain. Brian’s eclectic repertoire ranges from flamenco to bossanova and from The Beatles to jazz. He composes his own pieces, too, and sometimes puts a new slant on well-known classics. Brian is a Dubliner who now lives in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.
Sponsored by Steam Café.