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2016 Poetry and Reading Series

Please contact Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts at 831-624-5725 for reservations and information about the programs.

Saturday, April 9

Coast to Coast:  Two Poets from Ireland's Glens of Antrim Celebrate Robinson & Una Jeffers

With Anne-Marie Fyfe and C.L. Dallat

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.:      Coastal Margins:  A Poetry/Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m.:
                     Coast to Coast:  Poetry Reading

 

 

Anne-Marie Fyfe's fifth poetry collection, House of Small Absences (Seren Books) has just been published.  Born in Cushendall, County Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie now lives in London where she works as an arts organizer.  She has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize, has run Coffee-House Poetry's reading and classes at London's leading live literature venue, the  Troubadour, since 1997, is Poetry Coordinator for the annual  John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh City, and is former chair of the UK's Poetry Society.  www.annemariefyfe.com

 

 

 

C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic (b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland), lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's weekly  Saturday Review since 1998.  His first poetry collection, Morning Star, was published in 1998, he won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006, and his latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press, 2009).  www.cahaldallat.com

 

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Coastal Margins:  A Poetry/Creative Writing Workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe

The Library, East Wing, Tor House
Reservations required.
  Limited to 15.  Workshop fee:  $50
For reservations and/or information:
  831.624.5725

Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe's first home was within yards of the legendary Sea of Moyle on the Antrim Coast.  While always engaged with the contemporary, with love, loss, journeys, and alienation, her writing—from her first publication A House by the Sea  to her most recent, fifth collection of poems, House of Small Absences—has always echoed the rush of tide, the North Channel's waves, the sounds of fishing boats, the lives of coastguards and lighthouse men, of neighboring islanders, and the isolation and marginality, the shifting boundaries, real and metaphorical, between land and sea, between headland and deep.

A series of writing and teaching residencies at Aldeburgh on England's East Coast, on Rathlin opposite the Jeffers's much-loved Fair Head in County Antrim and on Inishmaan in the Aran Islands, have led to her current prose/poetry project—Coastal Margins/Wavesound—, and to a themed poetry/creative writing workshop for writing groups in coastal/island settings.

She has developed her themed creative-writing workshops at London's famous Troubadour Coffee-House and has offered them at literary festivals and writing conferences, to writers' groups throughout Britain and Ireland, and on annual residential courses in Europe.

 

Saturday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.

Coast to Coast:  Two Poets from Ireland's Glens of Antrim
Anne-Marie Fyfe and C.L. Dallat

Parlor of the East Wing, Tor House
26304 Ocean View, Carmel
Reservations required.
  Admission:  $15
For reservations and/or information:
  831.624.5725

Having risen to fame as the California poet, and made his home on the beautiful and remote Carmel coast, Robinson Jeffers, with Una and their sons, traveled, in 1929, to the Ireland of his and Una's forebears.  Based on their explorations on the Antrim Coast in the similarly beautiful and remote landscape of the Glens of Antrim, Una was to rediscover the Gaelic music of her grandparents, Robinson would write about Ireland's ancient mountains and battles, and both would read and explore avidly in the world of the Irish literary and cultural revival, much of which had its origins in the Antrim Glens in the 1900s.

Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, from Cushendall, and poet and musician, Cahal Dallat, from Ballycastle (two villages on that same Antrim Coast Road on either side of the Jeffers's beloved Cushendun, Torr and Fair Head), bring to the Jeffers's California home their own poetry and music.

In the first half of the program, they will talk about the Glens of Antrim, its landscape and cultural revival, and read excerpts from Jeffers and other Glens and North-of-Ireland writers, with one or two of Una's favorite melodies on accordion or traditional flute.  In the second half of the program, they'll each introduce and read poems from their own current poetry collections.

  

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