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Reading by James Harpur and John F. Deane with Music by The Kane Sisters
James Harpur will read from his new collection of poems, The White Silhouette, which explores the numinous in a snowy pilgrimage from West Cork to Dorset, the mystery of Russian icons, the Perseids meteor shower, and the medieval Celtic art of the Book of Kells. The title poem is a ‘compelling spiritual memoir’ (TLS) of ‘missed encounters’ in the landscapes of Tipperary, Wiltshire, and Patmos. James is poetry editor of Temenos and a member of Aosdána. His awards include the Michael Hartnett Prize, the Vincent Buckley Award, and the UK National Poetry Competition. He writes poetry in the wilds of West Cork and appears regularly on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word.
John F. Deane has published several collections of poetry, as well as some fiction. He is a winner of the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, and poetry prizes from Italy and Romania. John was elected secretary-general of the European Academy of Poetry in 1996. A member of Aosdána, he has been shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and awarded residencies in Bavaria, Monaco and Paris.
From North Connemara, The Kane Sisters – fiddle players Liz and Yvonne Kane – are much respected musicians and educators. Liz and Yvonne toured the world with accordion player Sharon Shannon for three years as members of her band, The Woodchoppers, before embarking on a career together. They have recorded three albums, as well as working to educate the next generation of traditional musicans along the West coast. Their most recent album, Side by Side, was released in 2010.