Playing with Poetry – 8pm on Friday 18 th May at the Education Theatre in the Hospice

There is a wonderful evening of music and poetry in store for you starting at
8pm on Friday 18 th May at the Education Theatre in the Hospice. Poets

and musicians who live locally come together for a lush evening of award-winning
poetry and classical and contemporary music. Settle down to lute pieces by Bach
from classical guitarist Sam Brown, who will also play a selection from Sor, Villa-
Lobos and Dyens between readings. Amanda Bell, Catherine Ann Cullen and Erin
Fornoff will read from their collections including some poems on this year’s
Festival theme of family, and will each choose one poem by another writer to
mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland. The evening will close with
the band RTÉ Culture called Pearse McGloughin’s “ever-evolving cosmic groove
merchants”, Nocturnes.

Sam Brown

Sam Brown is a classical guitarist based in Dublin. He started playing the electric guitar at the age of 8 and became interested in classical guitar at 16. Sam is in his final year of Music Performance Studies at Maynooth University,
under the supervision of virtuoso Pavlos Kanellakis. He has spent a year studying abroad in New York, with jazz guitar expert Matthew Buttermann. During his time in the US, Sam gave recitals at the Jazz At Lincoln Centre auditorium and the Juilliard School. Sam also works as a private guitar tutor, teaching all styles of music to musicians of all ages and levels. His main musical interests consist of the lute works of J.S. Bach, and the jazz/classical fusion in the guitar works of Roland Dyens.

Catherine Ann Cullen

Catherine Ann Cullen will be familiar to fans of the Poetry at Rosie’s sessions during HX Festivals in previous years. Catherine Ann Cullen is the A+L Goodbody Writer in Residence in St Joseph’s School, East Wall. Her residency won the national Business to Arts Award for Best Use of Creativity in the Community in 2017. Her third poetry collection, The Other Now: New and Selected Poems, was published by Dedalus Press in October 2016, drawing on Strange Familiar (2013) and A Bone in My Throat (2007), her two collections from Doghouse Books. She has published two children’s books, Thirsty Baby (2003) and the award-winning The Magical, Mystical, Marvellous Coat (2001), with Little, Brown, and has recently received an Arts Council bursary to write a book of short stories for older children. Her poems, essays and stories have been widely published in anthologies and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, Lyric and Near FM. Catherine Ann has recently taken up song-writing and has written and performed for Stories from the City at the International Literary Festival Dublin 2017; the Moments of Joyce Festival 2017; the National Heritage Week Dodder Celebration 2017, funded by Dublin City Council, and Eastrogen Rising: A Rebel Cabaret at the Five Lamps Festival 2016. She is currently working on two song projects, Sea Shanties and Street Songs for the 21 st Century, with musician Imogen Gunner, grant-aided by the Docklands Arts Fund, and Songs for Our Children, a nationwide initiative with traditional singers funded by the Arts Council and local authorities. She won the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award in 2016 and in 2009 and is part of the Ireland Poetry Reading Archive at UCD. She is a former radio producer with RTÉ where she made documentaries and a series on food and produced arts, current affairs and features programmes. Her PhD in Creative Writing (Middlesex 2017) focussed on ballads, hymns and children’s songs.


Erin Fornoff

Erin Fornoff is a native of Asheville, (“like Galway in the mountains” as she describes it) nestled in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Now living
in Harold’s Cross, she has performed her poetry at dozens of festivals and events across Ireland, the US, and the UK including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic,
Cúirt, and a national Irish tour with viral poet Hollie McNish. She has featured at Hozier and James Taylor concerts and collaborated on a large-scale street art
and film project, ‘The Volunteers,’ with artist Joe Caslin in 2017.  Her poem ‘Thigh’ was included in Best New English and Irish Poets 2016 and her poem “To
Make Things’ was commissioned by RTE for national broadcast and performance at Dublin Castle in front of a crowd of 4000. In 2014 she was a part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. She has been published and anthologized in The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, New Planet Cabaret, The Irish Times, Icarus, Penduline, and many others.  Her poem ‘Hymn to the Reckless’ featured on posters and curriculum nationwide for Ireland’s National Poetry Day. Her poetry and writing has been featured on BBC3 and national radio across Ireland.  She was co-founder and Programme director for Lingo, Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival. In 2015 she received an Arts Council bursary for her first novel Better People. In 2014 she received an M. Phil in Creative Writing with Distinction from Trinity College Dublin. Her first book of poetry, “Hymn to the Reckless”, was published in October 2017 by Dedalus Press.
Erin was interviewed by the Irish Times for its New to the Parish series


Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell’s poetry debut First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection. The title poem won the Allingham Award, and her poem ‘Points’ was shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year in the 2017 Irish Book Awards. Her haibun collection Undercurrents (Alba Publishing, 2016) was shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award and won second prize in the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award. Her children’s story, The Lost Library Book, (The Onslaught Press, 2017) is about a 500-year old book missing from Marsh’s Library which was discovered in Harold’s Bazaar – she did children’s workshops based on the story in last year’s festival. Books edited include Maurice Craig: Photographs (Lilliput, 2012) and The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work: An Anthology of Poetry by the Hibernian Writers (Alba, 2015).

Amanda holds an MA in Poetry Studies, and was selected for both Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series and the Munster Literature Festival’s introductory Readings in 2016. She has read her work at festivals including Kerala Literary Festival, Strokestown Literary Festival, Cork International Poetry Festival, Dromineer Literary Festival, Louisburgh Festival, and Canalophonic. This spring she will be reading at Cork World Lit Fest, Listowel Writers’ Week, and in the National Library of Ireland’s ‘Blank Page: Poets in Conversation’ series.

Amanda is a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre, and a long-time member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers. She also works as a creative writing mentor, and conducts workshops in schools. She volunteers for the creative writing centre Fighting Words.


Pearse McLoughlin

Pearse McGloughlin is an artist and songwriter originally from Sligo and now living in Harold’s Cross. He has released four albums to critical acclaim: Busy Whisper (2009), In Movement (2012) Idiot Songs (2013) in collaboration with composer Justin Grounds and most recently The Soft Animal (2016) with his band Nocturnes. Similar in style to Sufjan Stevens or Mercury Rev, Pearse’s work often deals in literary and philosophical themes, reworking writers such as John Keats or Fyodor Dostoevsky. His music has been described as captivating, elegant and nuanced and has featured in The Irish Times, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE 2FM, Lyric FM, Radio1 and KCRW as well as at festivals such as Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Other Voices.

“…subtle elements of the sublime…”— Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times

‘The time has come for Pearse McGloughlin’s ever-evolving cosmic groove merchants. Their recent album ‘The Soft Animal’ is our favourite Irish record of the year – do yourself a favour and get it immediately’ …. RTE Culture