Nature and Poetry

With Patrick Deeley and Catherine Phil MacCarthy

In Association with Poetry Ireland

Sunday 17 November

Time: 3.00pm

Venue: Auditorium, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Free entry, Booking advised






Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with Patrick Deeley and Catherine Phil MacCarthy, two of the leading poets and performers in Ireland.  The authors will read from their work that reflects the nature and environment surrounding the authors at their time of writing. Daughters of the House (Dedlaus Press) is a stunning assemblage of MaCarthy’s poetry, beginning from work that arose from her residence. Daughters of the House (Dedalus Press) and The End of the World (Dedalus Press), MacCarthy’s fifth release and Deeley’s seventh respectively, are both beautifully produced collections, containing work that has appeared in many national and international leading literary outlets. Daughters of the House is a stunning assemblage of MacCarthy’s poetry, beginning from work that arose from her residency in Paris, before reaching back to consider some of the many Irish artists who were drawn to and lived in the city, as well as the country they left behind. A reflection on today’s uncertain times, The End of the World is Patrick Deeley’s potent collection that explores his deep-rooted concern for the world around him, expressed in musical, impassioned and persuasive verse.



Patrick Deeley is a poet, memoirist and children’s writer from Loughrea, County Galway. He is a full-time writer, having taken early retirement from his post as administrative principal of a primary school in Ballyfermot, Dublin in 2012. He worked as a member of the Council of Poetry Ireland from 1984 to 1989. His seven collections with Dedalus Press are: Intimate Strangers (1986); Names for Love (1990); Turane: The Hidden Village (1995); Decoding Samara (2000); The Bones of Creation (2008); Groundswell: New and Selected (2013) and The End of the World (2019). He won the American-based Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for 2019.  Other awards include the inaugural Dermot Healy International Poetry Prize in 2014, the WOW 2 Award for 2015, a merit award as runner-up in The Patrick Kavanagh Competition (1981) and Bursaries in Literature for 1999 and 2017 from The Arts Council of Ireland.  His poem ‘Woodman’ was selected as one of Ireland’s 100 Favourite Poems following a survey by The Irish Times in 2001.  His poems have been translated to French, Italian, Spanish, Ukranian and other languages.  A selection of poems, Territoire/Territory appeared from Alidades Press in 2010.  Le Ossa della Creazione was published by Kolibris Edizione in 2011.

His writing has featured in leading literary journals in Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, including The Rialto, Irish Pages, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, French Literary Review, Arc Poetry Journal, Envoi, Chapman, The Literary Review, The Atlanta Review, The Guardian and The Daily Mail, and in numerous other literary outlets as well as on RTE Radio and Television.  The RTE Radio documentary series, The Poet and the Place, dedicated a programme to his work, as did RTE TV’s The Poet’s Eye. His best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir, The Hurley Maker’s Son, published by Transworld in 2016, was chosen by The Irish Times, Eason Books, The Pat Kenny Show and other outlets as their Book Choice of the Month, and was featured on RTE’s Today with Seán  O’Rourke and BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, as well as being shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Non-fiction Book of the Year Award. His books for children, published by O’Brien Press, include The Lost Orchard, winner of The Bisto Book Award and The Eilis Dillon Book of the Year Award in 2001.

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Catherine Phil MacCarthy was born and grew up in Co. Limerick and studied at University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, and Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She taught at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and at The Drama Centre, University College Dublin, before turning full-time to writing in 1999. She lives in Dublin. Her collections include The Invisible Threshold (2012), Suntrap (2007), the blue globe (1998), This Hour of the Tide (1994), and One Room an Everywherea novel, (2003). She is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review (1998/99)She received the eighteenth Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry from the University of St Thomas Center for Irish Studies at St Paul, Minnesota, in April 2014. Other awards include an artist’s residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris during the Spring of 2013; the Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Prize in 2012, judged by Fiona Sampson and The Fish International Poetry Prize in 2010, judged by Matthew Sweeney. She worked as Writer in Residence for the City of Dublin (1994), and at the Department of Anglo-Irish Literature, University College, Dublin (2002) and she tutored in Poetry and Creative Writing at Irish Writers Centre; Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire; and at St Patrick’s College, Dromcondra. Readings include Poetry Festivals in Ireland and abroad and also at Irish Studies Centres: Glucksman Ireland House, NYU; Villanova University; Boston College; University of Massachusetts at Boston; and Concordia University Montreal.