AT The Edge, Cavan


Tuesday 23 June 6.30pm Johnston Library, Cavan


AT The Edge, Cavan returns to the Johnston Library on Tuesday 23 June with three very different and exciting poets. Rebecca O’Connor, Richard Halperin and Angela Carr will be reading with AT The Edge, Cavan on Tuesday 23 June at 6.30pm at the Johnston Library, followed by an Open Mic session.


“The pilot of AT The Edge, Cavan was a great success last year,” said Kate Ennals, the co-ordinator of the Cavan literary evening. “It is amazing how many Cavan people love poetry and write themselves. There were forty people At the Poetry Party which we held last month. For a town our size, that is amazing. AT The Edge, Cavan is funded by Cavan Arts Office, which itself has a tight budget. So this year we are having only three AT The Edge events and paying the poets/writers a little bit more. The first is Tuesday 23 June, the second is Tues 25 August and the third is Tuesday 27 October. Make a note in your diaries.


Cavan woman, Rebecca O’Connor, published her first full collection ‘We’ll Sing Blackbird’ in 2012. The Irish Times described it as ‘artful and wry….Rebecca O’Connor has an eye for what Elizabeth Bishop called ‘the always-more-successful surrealism of every day life.’” Rebecca is editor of The Moth Magazine and The Caterpillar Magazine for children.


Richard W. Halperin lives in Paris. He has seen over 250 of his poems published in magazines in Ireland and the UK since 2005. His full collections are via Salmon: Anniversary (2010); Shy White Tiger (2013); Quiet in a Quiet House (listed for Autumn 2015). In 2014 four chapbooks appeared via Lapwing: Mr Sevridge Sketches & A Wet Day; Pink, Ochre, Yellow; The Centreless Astonishment of Things.


In her debut poetry collection, How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life, Angela Carr mines the territory of an unexpected journey, exploring the unspoken realities, and precarious hope, of lives lived in the shadow of the Celtic Tiger’s demise. Jospeh Woods, previous director of Poetry Ireland, described her voice as “refreshing, original and interrogating, painting a picture of contemporary Ireland that is clearly post-boom; debt-ridden; urban and edgy with the quiet desperations of modern living.”


Following the Readings, will be an ‘Open Mic’ session at which everybody is welcome. Please register with Kate on the night.



For further information, contact Kate Ennals on 0863737847 or AT the Edge Cavan is supported by the Cavan County Council Arts Office.


Date and time:

09 June 2015 to 08 August 2015


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