A Poetry Collection from Kate Ennals
Thursday 19 April 2018 at the Johnston Library, Cavan. 6.30pm
As America, the UK and French consider launching missiles at Syria in protest at chemical weapons, I am launching my second collection of poetry on Thursday 19 April at the Johnston Library at 6.30pm. It is called Threads.
I am very happy that Catriona O’Reilly of Cavan Arts Office and playwright extraordinaire, Philip Doherty from Cavan Town Hall, have agreed to launch the collection. Over the last ten years, the Arts Office has provided me with tremendous support and encouragement as has the Town Hall Cavan which has put on amazing, exciting extravaganzas and productions which keeps the arts scene flourishing in Cavan.
American poet, Adrienne Rich said, “poetry can’t free us from the struggle for existence”, but my poems and writing help me to express the “inchoateness” (Seamus Heaney) of being. Poetry and writing are my anti-dote to the fading thread of hope in the world we live in today.
The poems in Threads were written over the last five years. The book is divided into three parts: Familiar Threads, Threads of Thought and Other Threads. In Familiar Threads, many of the poems are about my mother who died last year. In Threads of Thought, the poems respond to the political upheaval and are tiny expressions of my frustration, anger and fear. The poems in Other Threads reflect on the extraneous threads of life that make up our every day.
I titled the collection Threads because it seems, increasingly, that threads are all we are: threads unravelling from a woven patchwork.
I’d love to see the broader Cavan community celebrate with me because we are what make life good. But, I hope, all of my friends, poets, writers will come from wherever you are for you are all threads in my fabric.
And many thanks to Nuala O’Connor for the review on the back cover.
In other news, 2018’s first AT The Edge, Cavan on Tuesday 1 May at 6.30pm, also at the library, is going to be brilliant. We have four readers: Amanda Bell, Ron Carey, Stephanie Conn and Rosemary Jenkinson, and, of course, the Open Mic.
About the Artists
Amanda Bell is a poet, writer and editor based in Dublin. Her recently published collection First the Feathers (Doire Press) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection. Her Hiaku collection Undercurrents, won second prize in the HSA’s Kanterman Merit Book Award and was shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award in 2017. Her children's book, The Lost Library Book, was published in May 2017 (The Onslaught Press). Amanda has published reviews in Books Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland’s magazine Inis, Skylight 47, and Green Letters. She recently completed a middle-grade eco-novel. She was highly commended for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016 she was selected for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series and the Munster Literature Centre's Introductory Readings. This February she was part of a delegation of Irish writers at Kerala Literary Festival in India.
Stephanie Conn is a former teacher and graduate of the MA programme at the Seamus Heaney Centre, she won the Yeovil Poetry Prize, Funeral Service NI prize and the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. She has read her work locally, nationally and internationally. Her first collection, ‘The Woman on the Other Side’ is published by Doire Press and was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection. Her pamphlet ‘Copeland’s Daughter’ won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and is published by Smith/Doorstep. Her new collection ‘Island’ is also published by Doire Press. Find out more at www.stephanieconn.org <http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=6600&d=huXQ2lhShCHNHJdRQTkErOqWZwqMIkeU02HAyEY1vg&s=377&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2estephanieconn%2eorg>
Rosemary Jenkinson was born in Belfast and is an award-winning playwright and short story writer. Her plays include The Bonefire (winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Award), Basra Boy, White Star of the North, Planet Belfast, Here Comes the Night, Michelle and Arlene, May the Road Rise Up and Lives in Translation. She’s won many General Arts Awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and was the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre. Her collections of short stories are Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54 (Lagan Press 2004) and Aphrodite’s Kiss (Whittrick Press 2016). She will be reading from her new collection, Catholic Boy, published by Doire Press.
Ron Carey was born in Limerick and lives in Dublin. Though he only began to take writing seriously in his sixties, he has been a prize winner and finalist in many international poetry competitions. In 2015, he was awarded Special Commendation in the Patrick Kavanagh Awards and received a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. His poetry collection ‘DISTANCE,’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016, UK and Ireland.