Nenagh Arts Centre hostst former US Poet Laureate

Former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan will read at the Nenagh Arts Centre at 7.30pm, on Saturday, August 24. The reading is being organised by Dromineer Literary Arts Festival as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

Former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan will read at the Nenagh Arts Centre at 7.30pm, on Saturday, August 24. The reading is being organised by Dromineer Literary Arts Festival as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

Paul Perry will interview Ms Ryan on stage, before introducing her reading. Paul is a poet and the author of a number of critically acclaimed books including The Drowning of the Saints, Goldsmith’s Ghost, 108 Moons, The Orchid Keeper and, most recently, The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance. He is curator of the dlr Poetry Now International Poetry Festival and teaches Creative Writing for Kingston University, London and UCD.

Joing Ms Ryan on stage will be poet and memoirist Mary Mullen. Mary was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Galway in 1996. Her debut poetry collection, Zephyr, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. Ms Mullen has a connection with Nenagh - her great-grandfather was John V Ryan, who left Nenagh for Dublin to be a horseman for a Big House where he met Margaret Day who was a kitchen worker in the same house. They married and went to Chicago. He became a State Senator and an advocate for other immigrants.

Bookings for the readings can be made through the booking office at Nenagh Arts Centre at 067-34400. Easrly book in advisable.

The Dromineer Literary Festival festival takes place from October 3-6 and will be launched on October 4 by Fr Mark Patrick Hederman OSB, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey.