Poetry & Nocturnes at Rosies – May 11th 8 pm

Poetry Readings from Catherine Ann Cullen, Enda Wyley, Adam Wyeth & Michael O’Loughlin

Nocturnes from Pearse McGloughlin


Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence at St Joseph’s School, East Wall (2016-18). She has written three collections of poetry, most recently The Other Now: new and selected poems, published by Dedalus Press in October 2016. Her previous collections, Strange Familiar (2013) and A Bone in My Throat (2007), were published by Doghouse Books in Kerry. She has written two children’s books with Little, Brown, in the US, Thirsty Baby (2003) and The Magical, Mystical, Marvellous Coat (2001). The latter won a gold award for Poetry and Folklore from the American Parents Association. Her work is included in If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press 2014) and many other anthologies. and is part of the Ireland Poetry Reading Archive at the James Joyce Library in UCD. Her poem, ‘Peculiarly Intimate Act’ won the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award in 2016, an award she also won in 2009 for her poem ‘Scooter’. She has made documentaries and a series about food for RTÉ Radio 1, produced current affairs, arts and features, and is a regular contributor of essays and poetry to Sunday Miscellany. She was recently awarded a PhD by Middlesex University. She is a graduate of the M.Phil. (Creative Writing) at Trinity College Dublin, where she works part-time on the Trinity Access Programmes.


Enda Wyley is poet and children’s author. She was born in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin 1966. She has published five collections of poetry. Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems , (2014), To Wake to This, (2009 ), Poems for Breakfast, ( 2004 ), Socrates in the Garden, ( 1998) and Eating Baby Jesus, ( 1993 ). Her poetry has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, USA (2010) and The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women Poets, USA (2011) Femmes d’Irlande en Poésie, 1973-2013, ed Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Paris and Lines of Vision, The National Gallery of Ireland, 2014. She holds a B.Ed with a distinction in English Literature, was the recipient of an M.A in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and has received many Arts Council Literature Bursaries for her writing. In 2014 she was the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry. In recent years she has been Poet- at -Work in the Coombe Maternity Hospital, Dublin and Writer in Residence at The Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Enda Wyley’s books for children from O’Brien Press are Boo and Bear and The Silver Notebook. Her book I Won’t Go to China! was awarded a Reading Association of Ireland Special Merit Award 2011. She lives in Dublin. Enda Wyley was elected to Aosdána in March 2015.

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

‘flits between folk, ambient, orchestral and singer-songwriter styles, underscoring
an inquisitiveness and search for something greater within’… Nialler9

‘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


ADAM WYETH is an award-winning poet, playwright and essayist who lives in Dublin. He has three books published. His critically acclaimed debut collection, Silent Music (2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Adam’s second book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) contains poems from Ireland’s leading poets followed by sharp essays that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Adam’s third book and second poetry collection The Art of Dying was published with Salmon in November 2016 and was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year. Adam is also selected poet for the 2016 Poetry Ireland Review’s Rising Generation of poets and is part of the Ireland Poetry Reading Archive at the James Joyce Library in UCD. In 2016 Adam collaborated with composer Michael Doherty (BBC, Channel 4) who adapted three poems for a choral piece, called The Art of Dying which got 2nd prize in the West Cork Chamber Festival 2017.



Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958 and studied at Trinity College Dublin. In the late 1970s he was involved with Dermot Bolger in setting up Raven Arts Press. In 1980 he moved to Barcelona and subsequently to Amsterdam until 2002. He has translated over a hundred books from the Dutch. His feature Film, Snapshots (2003), starred Burt Reynolds and Julie Christie and an award-winning Holocaust drama, For My Babystarred Alan Cumming and Frank Finlay. Michael returned to Ireland in 2002, and has been Writer in Residence for Galway City and County, as well as Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. He has received many awards, including the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. His outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland has been recognised by membership of Aosdána. He is married to the singer and writer Judith Mok, and has a daughter, Saar.

New Island has recently published Michael’s Poems 1980–2015, which brings together and celebrates a poetic career spanning nearly four decades, and includes new, previously unpublished poems. Exploring major themes such as identity, language, exile and return, O’Loughlin’s work has an exceptionally strong international outlook and a fierce dedication to social and historical justice. His other poetry collections are Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (Dublin, Raven Press, 1980); Atlantic Blues (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1982); The Diary of a Silence (Raven Arts Press, 1985); Another Nation, New & Selected Poems (Dublin, New Island Books, 1994/UK Arc Publications, 1996) and In This Life (New Island Books, 2011). He has also published a collection of short stories, The Inside Story (Raven Arts Press, 1999) and a critical essay, After Kavanagh: Patrick Kavanagh and the Discourse of Contemporary Irish Poetry (Raven Arts Press, 1985). Seamus Heaneysaid of him that “O’Loughlin manages to ride the surge of discourses and histories in order to arrive in the free literate domain of the achieved poem.”

Admission to this event is free but donations towards Festival costs are welcome.  People will be admitted on first come, first served basis.



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