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Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011THE CORK SPRING






Catch the Moon to perform at Cork Spring Literary Festival



Reading are Geraldine Mitchell, Kathy D'Arcy, Shirley McClure & Tina Pisco

Saturday 19th February 3.30pm


Catch the Moon is a project in development, which was first performed at the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2010 - a brilliant success. During a performance each poet introduces one of the four themes, which vary depending on the venue, the audience and the season. Each poet then reads two poems linked to the theme, explaining a bit about each reading. This format is designed to keep the listeners’ interest and highlight differences as well as resonances between very different poems. The result is an intimate and entertaining exchange between the poets and the audience. Catch the Moon intends to continue to develop and grow so as to include other women poets and musicians as well as projections in future events.
The performance lasts 50 minutes.


Geraldine Mitchell lives near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. She was born in Dublin and lived in France, Algeria and Spain for many years before returning to Ireland. Her work has been widely published in journals and in the Oxfam 2009 calendar. She won first prize for poetry in the Amergin 2007 Creative Writing Awards and was the winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008. Earlier publications include two novels for young people and a biography. She has been writing poetry since her move to Mayo in 2000.

Kathy D’Arcy is a Cork poet whose first collection, Encounter, was recently published by Lapwing Publications. She currently studies and teaches Irish women’s literature, and works with homeless teenagers, but she originally qualified and worked as a doctor. She writes musical accompaniments to some of her poems, and has been involved in theatre, dance and performance for many years.

Winner of Cork Literary Review’s Manuscript Competition 2009 and runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2009, Shirley McClure’s début collection of poetry, Who’s Counting? (Bradshaw Books) was launched by Poetry Ireland in September 2010.

Tina Pisco has been a professional writer for over twenty-five years, writing for every medium except radio. Her publications include two bestselling novels Only a Paper Moon (Poolbeg 1998), and Catch the Magpie (Poolbeg 1999); and a collection of newspaper columns: A West Cork Life (RandomAnimals Press 20003). A poetry collection She Be was published in 2010 by Bradshaw Books.


*Please note, in a change to the brochure, Jane Clarke will be unable to read with the group during the Festival. Geraldine Mitchell will be reading in her place on this occasion.


(View this announcement on page 3 of the festival brochure.)


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