Paula Meehan and Ben McGuire: In Conversation with Niall MacMonagle.

The Blank Page: Poets in conversation series continues.

Poets from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney have used the National Library’s
reading rooms, and the literary papers of many poets are part of the library’s manuscripts collections. As we look forward to the opening of the exhibition "Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again" in summer 2018, join us for The Blank Page – a series in which poets will discuss their work with critic, editor and broadcaster, Niall MacMonagle.

Thursday 17 May at 7pm

Join poets Paula Meehan and Ben McGuire for this evening’s conversation
Beginning with a general conversation  about poetry in general and what led the participants to poetry, the discussion will move on to consider a specific work.
Each poet will choose one poem from their work prior to the event.
Niall will lead the discussion on the story of the poem and how it came to be written, imagery, narrative etc. The aim is to have a relaxed conversation which will give the audience an insight into the work of the poet and the making of the chosen poem.

Paula Meehan: Born in Dublin, where she still lives, and educated at Trinity College and in the United States, Paula Meehan has published seven award winning collections of poetry including Dharmakaya and Painting Rain. The Dedalus Press have republished Mysteries of the Home, seminal poems from the 1980s and the 1990s. In 2015, she received the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013-2016, and is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts. Two recent volumes are Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, her three public lectures given as part of the Professorship, from UCD Press; and Geomantic, The Dedalus Press, for which she received a Cholmondeley Award for Poetry.

Ben McGuire’s poems have appeared in The Irish Times, Cyphers, Poetry Ireland Review and elsewhere. In 2017 he was a runner-up for the Patrick Kavanagh Award for a manuscript towards a first collection, and in the same year he was shortlisted for the Words by Water Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Award. Born in Dublin in 1980, he works as a teacher and translator, and has recently returned to Ireland after nine years living in Rome.

Niall MacMonagle, critic and broadcaster, is a regular contributor to the Today with Sean O'Rourke programme on Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited numerous anthologies including Real Cool, Slow Time, Off the Wall, Lifelines, TEXT A Transition Year English Reader, the Leaving Certificate Poetry Now textbooks and Windharp. He is the originator of the Poetry Aloud: poetry speaking competition for post-primary schools.  He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature by UCD in 2017 for his services to literature.

All welcome! Booking not requires.

The series concludes on Thursday 7 June when poets Moya Cannon and Stephen Sexton will be in conversation with Niall.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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