Monday, 7 April 2008
Poetry Now & Siar Scéal Fests - the aftermath
So Poetry Now was a blast and a whirlwind. RTÉ on Thursday for an interview with the lovely Vincent Woods – he put us four Strong Award ’listees at our ease. We were all still rattling but we did OK.
I had to dash to Roscommon on Friday for a reading at the Siar Scéal Festival in the very posh Clonalis House. A lovely night of poetry and harp, monologues and local history. And what a house. I have extreme delusions of grandeur and could definitely see myself living there…
Back to Dublin then for more Poetry Now. Dinner at the same table as Séamus Heaney, while chatting to George Szirtes and Mimi Khalvati – it doesn’t happen every day! They were all lovely. Also bumped into Colm Tóibín and I muttered how much I had been moved by his story ‘Donal Webster’, then I scuttled off.
Henri Cole was a wonderful reader: clear and engaging, with a slant view in his work. By all accounts Daljit Nagra stole the show at his reading.
Dave Lordan won the Strong Award, with his book The Boy in the Ring. Big congrats to him. It was a relief when it was over – the pre-reading/award nerves are the worst. I turn into a devil. Afterwards I have a personality transplant!
Back at the desk now and glad to be; this is what it is truly all about: the serenity of my study.