The five-book shortlist for this year's Irish Times Poetry Now Award includes two debut collections, Alan Gillis and one posthumously published by Dorothy Molloy, along with well established poets like Paul Durcan, Medbh McGuckian and Peter Sirr. As part of Cork 2005, the Munster Literature Centre is publishing a series of 13 poetry books, at the rate of about one per month. In each book, a poet from Cork translates a collection of poems by a contemporary European poet. The books in the Cork 2005 series are published by Southword. The winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award will be announced on 31 March.
The Film: 5x2
'5x2' is the latest movie from the French director François Ozon - he of 'Swimming Pool' and '8 Femmes'. '5x2' begins with the divorce of Marion and Gilles and then takes us backwards in time through their life together, asking the question: just where exactly did it all go wrong?
The Exhibition: Monsters of Paradise
'Monsters of Paradise' is the first exhibition in Ireland from New York-based artist Fred Tomaselli. It includes 15 pieces, all created since 2002, using all sorts of materials - paint, resin, collage and even pills.
The Show: Lost in a Flurry of Cherry Blossoms
The Tokyo Engeki Ensemble comes to Ireland for the first time with 'Lost in a Flurry of Cherry Blossoms'. The Japanese theatre group has been touring the world for years and has finally made it here. 'Lost in a Flurry of Cherry Blossoms' tells the story of a bandit and the woman he took from a nobleman. She turns out to be quite a piece of work, however, and after demanding that she kills six of his wives, she keeps the seventh wife as her slave. She then takes to making more and more demands of her husband. Mostly, she just wants him to kill people and bring home their heads.
The Performance: Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin will be touring Ireland in April on the back of his new album 'Spoons'. Tonight he performs a track from the album, 'Balancing Act'.