Tuesday 23rd February

Limerick Literary Festival

The Limerick Literary Festival begins on Friday. This year's featured poet is Katie Donovan. Also appearing are Sinead Gleeson, Dermot Bolger and Sarah Baume.

Friday 19th February

Ben Okri

Ben Okri discusses his new poetry collection 'A Fire in My Head'. The poems deal with racism, the refugee crisis, the pandemic and poems of love including 'Grenfell Tower'.

Tuesday 16th February

The Longest Listen

As part of the RTÉ Illuminations project, the renowned Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins wrote an essay on her Lockdown experience of listening to the Bible - all 86 hours ...

A Gap in the Clouds

Ogura's 100 Poems by 100 Poets is a much-loved anthology of ancient, tiny poems central to Japanese culture, written between the 8th and 12th centuries by members of the court ...

Monday 15th February


Lake Baikal in Siberia is known as the Pearl of Siberia. Beacons is a new exhibition from photographer Daragh Muldowney, see thecopperhousegallery.com, February 17th until May.

Friday 12th February

Love in Poetry

As St Valentine's Day approaches, poet Enda Wyley takes a look at love in poetry. It's a tradition that harks back to at least 600BC with the Greek poet Sappho. ...

Tuesday 9th February

Love in Art

In time for Valentine's Day, art historian, Jessica Fahy, guides us through the theme of love in art down through the ages. From Canova to Burton and Klimt.

Friday 22nd January

Eavan Boland

The Costa Book of the Year will be announced next Tuesday. The late Eavan Boland won the Costa poetry award for 'The Historians' and is shortlisted for the Book of ...

Tuesday 19th January

Brian Bilston

Brian Bilston is a poet and author. In his new poetry collection, 'Alexa, what is there to know about love?', he explores affairs of the heart in all kinds of ...

Friday 15th January

Stephen James Smith

Poet Stephen James Smith curates the Therapy Sessions as part of the First Fortnight. The annual festival challenges mental health stigmas and prejudices,



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