Saturday November 28, 2020

Lifting poetry off the page

Young Irish writers are bringing poetry to a whole new audience through spoken word performances, writes Paulie Doyle

17th March, 2019
5
Geoff Finan and Emmet O’Brien are part of the new generation of poets who perform their works live in pubs and clubs. Bryan Meade

A quote from Seamus Heaney is written in bold, black letters across a white wall inside 11 Parnell Square East: “I rhyme/To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”

Beneath it, in a corner of the front room of the Georgian building that is home to Poetry Ireland, lies a slab of Tesco-brand lager, bought by 21-year-old Dubliner Emmet O’Brien. He’ll share these cans with some of the 130 or so people who...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The fourth season of they royal saga touches on the murder of Mountbatten, but ignores the ongoing conflict in the North

Emmanuel Kehoe | 6 days ago

A new Christmas movie, a video game for budding football managers and an intimate podcast from Alan Partridge are this week’s listening and viewing recommendations

Jenny Murphy Byrne | 6 days ago

Games have come a long way from the simplistic shoot-’em-ups of old, plunging the player into hyper-detailed worlds full of complexity and nuance. Here are five of the best

Darragh Geraghty | 1 week ago