It was wonderful to hear Michael Farry reading his poems on Thursday evening just past and I thoroughly enjoyed being in the Irish Writers' Centre for the first time. I came away from the event feeling inspired. The general consensus was that the four writers selected by judge Alan Jude Moore were diverse in their voice and the readings manifested this. Ainin Ni Bhroin read long, almost prose like pieces, Kimberly Campanello echoed confessional poets like Plath and Sexton, Michael brought us on a journey through parts of his life in a captive way and Donna Sorensen left me wanting to read more of her work. All poets were interesting. This is how it appeared to me, from afar.
I met Paddy Smith, Evan Costigan, Honor Duff and Kate Dempsey on the night. Well done to the selected writers. Four more will read on Wednesday night, same time, 6.30 pm, same place. They are Eleanor Hooker, Susan Lindsay, Barbara A. Morton, and J.S. Robinson.