The Buried Breath and Blue Sandbar Moon
With Chris Agee and Ciarán O’Rourke
Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
5.00PM: Drinks reception in The Winter Garden
Ticket Cost €7/€5 Concession
Dublin Book Festival is delighted to host a major reading and conversation marking the launch of the first poetry titles from The Irish Pages Press: a first outstanding volume of poetry by Ciarán O’Rourke, The Buried Breath; and a long-awaited fourth collection of poems by Chris Agee, Blue Sandbar Moon, following his celebrated previous volume, Next to Nothing (2009). Brief readings and informal conversation between the poets and the audience will be followed by a free convivial wine reception upstairs in the Banquet Hall.
Born in 1991 and based in Dublin, Ciarán O’Rourke has garnered a reputation in recent years as one of the most vital new voices in Irish poetry. A decade after Next to Nothing, Chris Agee’s critically acclaimed collection of poems in memory of his daughter Miriam, Blue Sandbar Moon, explores with delicate precision the emotional and spiritual landscape of a life sustained in “the aftermath of aftermath.”
All four new poetry titles will be on sale, as well as the new issue of Irish Pages, “The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue.” The other titles are Crann na Teanga by Cathal Ó Searcaigh and The Divil Knows What by Tom Mac Intyre.