Each year we invite local primary school children to send us their poems on a theme. At this special event, poet Geraldine Mitchell will announce competition prize winners and read her favourite entries in the company of those who took part. Everyone welcome.
Enjoy Sunday brunch at Steeples Cafe while Jane Clarke and Geraldine Mitchell read poems by their colleague and friend, Shirley McClure, who died in 2016. After Shirley’s death, Jane edited a collection of her poems, Origami Doll, that was published earlier this year. Jane and Geraldine will read for you and discuss why Shirley McClure was an important figure in their lives and in the Irish poetry landscape.
Dublin-born poet Geraldine Mitchell has lived on the coast of County Mayo, looking out on Clare Island, for almost twenty years and this wild landscape inhabits her poems. Geraldine won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since won further awards and published three collections with Arlen House: World Without Maps, Of Birds and Bones, and most recently, Mountains for Breakfast.
Geraldine Mitchell is the judge of DNLF’s annual school poetry competition, each year setting a theme and reading the hundreds of entries to find the best.
Cafe Trail: Geraldine will also be reading and talking about the poetry of her colleague and friend, the late Shirley McClure with Jane Clarke in Steeples on Sunday 6 October.
This event is free and booking is not necessary.