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Robinson Jeffers in the Glens of Antrim
30th April 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm£3
Carmel to Cushendun: Californian Poet Robinson Jeffers in the Glens of Antrim
Glens poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & CL Dallat, after an extended research visit to Robinson Jeffer’s Tor House and Hawk Tower in Carmel-by-the-Sea on California’s central coast, will explore (in poetry, music & talk) Jeffers’ 1920s stay in Cushendun; his wife Una’s North-of-Ireland background and love of Gaelic airs and Glens history & culture; the Glens’ impact on Jeffers’ poetry; and his significant influence on poets from the North of Ireland including John Hewitt, John Montague & Seamus Heaney.
Anne-Marie Fyfe, poet, creative writing teacher, arts-organiser & former Chair of the Poetry Society, was born in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and now lives in West London. She has organised a wide range of poetry events & festivals, has been a frequent poetry competition judge, has edited anthologies, has guest-edited, & written for, poetry magazines, and has worked with writers’ groups, schools, hospitals, libraries and prisons.
She has written on poets and poetry, has read & spoken on radio, Channel 4 & CNN, including “The Essay” on Emily Dickinson for BBC Radio 3, and is frequently called on to host & chair literary events & panel discussions, and to interview novelists, poets, playwrights.
Anne-Marie Fyfe’s poetry is taut, eloquent and deeply felt. Her poems are haunted by what the past does to the present, and by the physical relics of that past which is only relayed in snatches.
C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, was born in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, and now lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. His poetry collections, Morning Star and The Year of Not Dancing were published to critical acclaim and he won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006. Other prizes include Cardiff International, National/Poetry Society, Bridport, Amnesty International, London Writers, Kent & Sussex & Cheltenham.
C.L. Dallat is the unsung genius of Irish poetry – The Guardian