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I have a number of readings confirmed for 2019, you can view these via the button above. All are welcome.


2019

 

READINGS CONFIRMED FOR 2019

 

28th March

Galway, Over The Edge.

11th August

Dunlaoghaire, with organist Eric Sweeney.

   

My poem 'After The Fall' can be found on Giovanna Iorio's Poetry Sound Library, a map of the world on which poems spoken by poets from all over the world can be accessed. Use the alphabetical index on the right of the map:

www.zeemaps.com/view?group=3218677

 


2018

 

DECEMBER

 

Lovely to see Michael Viney pick Comeragh as one of his books of the year for 2018:

"The uplands and valleys of Ireland’s southeast inspired a gifted partnership for Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour (Whimbrel Press). Waterford photographer Paddy Dwan and poet Mark Roper spent five years on this, the third of their books devoted to the character, culture and natural history of the region. In richly textured images and prose, they portray this comparatively unsung upthrust of Munster, glacially sculpted and bathed in an often dramatic light. In this landscape, Dwan’s moments with birds are also exceptional, from crossbill and buzzard to kestrel and cuckoo. Roper fell into a ravine and broke his neck, but went on to follow the story of the mountains, woven with the local lives of those who know them best." Michael Viney, The Irish Times, 1/12/2018.

www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/michael-viney-s-choice-of-nature-books-for-christmas


 

NOVEMBER

 

COMERAGH: MOUNTAIN, COUM, RIVER, RUMOUR

The following venues and dates have been confirmed for Readings with Slide Shows from the new book:

FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER, 7 PM,

Ballymacarbry Community Hall,

Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford.

TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, 7 pm,

Clonmel Library, Emmet Street,

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER, 7 pm,

The Tudor Artisan Hub,

Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER, 7 pm,

Rathgormack Community Centre,

Rathgormack, Co. Waterford.

THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER, 6.30 pm,

Dungarvan Library, Davitt's Quay,

Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

TUESDAY 20th NOVEMBER, 7 pm,

St. Brigid's Hall,

Kilrossanty, Co. Waterford.

WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER, 6.30 pm,

Kilmacthomas Library, Main Street,

Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.


OCTOBER

 

THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER, 8 pm, Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford

'The Requiem for Truth', a concert/performance by Stomptown Brass and Collapsing Horse Theatre Company.               

During this show I will be giving a 5-minute reading, entitled 'The Truth and Puffins.' 

 

MONDAY 22nd OCTOBER

A link to an article in the Irish Times about Comeragh:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-comeraghs-in-poems-and-photos-1.3669387

 


SEPTEMBER

 

SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER. 9.30 - 11 am,

KILMORE QUAY LITERATURE FESTIVAL:

Reading with Ruth Timmins. writebythesea.ie/programme-2018/

 

ALSO Launch of COMERAGH, MOUNTAIN, COUM, RIVER, RUMOUR, 7 pm,

The Vestibule, Theatre Royal, Waterford.

Guest Speaker Carrie Crowley.

 

TUESDAY 4th SEPTEMBER, 8 pm, LIMERICK:

Reading with composer and organist Eric Sweeney, and Anne Marie Kennedy, at Chez Le Fab Cafe, Arthur's Quay Park, Limerick. www.limerickwriterscentre.com

 


 

Comeragh Cover.jpgJULY

 

COMERAGH: MOUNTAIN, COUM, RIVER, RUMOUR:

has just been sent to the printer!

It is my third book with photographer Paddy Dwan, after THE RIVER BOOK and THE BACKSTRAND. 

It will be launched at  the Theatre Royal, Waterford, on Saturday 29th September, 7 pm, by Carrie Crowley.

 

 

TUESDAY 17th JULY, 8 pm, TULLAMORE: 

A joint recital with composer and organist Eric Sweeney at the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, as part of their International Summer Organ series.   www.tisos.org/2018-series/words-and-music 

 

TUESDAY 3rd JULY, 6.45 pm, CASHEL:

Reading at Cashel Library, with Grace Wells.

 


JUNE

 

THURSDAY 14th JUNE, 7.15 pm, BELFAST:

Reading at the Belfast Book Festival, with James Harpur and John F. Deane. Venue: The Crescent.   belfastbookfestival.com/whats-on/the-poetic-line-mark-roper   

 

TUESDAY 12th JUNE, 2 pm, DUBLIN:

Reading for the students of the Carlow Universsity Pittsburgh MFA Programme at Trinity College, Dublin.

 

SUNDAY 10th JUNE, 7 pm, CARLOW:

Reading at the Carlow Arts Festival, with Jane Clarke, Maurice Devitt, Grace Wells and the Carlow Writers' Co-op. Venue: O'Hara's Festival Pavilion, St. Patrick's College. 

 

FRIDAY 1st JUNE, 4 pm, LISTOWEL:

Reading at Listowel Writers Week, with Caoilinn Hughes and Brian Kirk, in the Listowel Arms Ballroom. 

 Michael Hartnett Poetry Event


MAY

 

A new poem, 'OWL', has been awarded 2nd Prize in the RSPB Rialto Poetry Competition. The Judge was Michael Longley. 'OWL' will be publsihed in the autumn edition of Rialto:   www.therialto.co.uk/pages

 

SUNDAY 6th May, 4 pm, STROKESTOWN:

Reading at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, with Padraig Mac Fhearghusa and Mary Turley-McGrath.   Programme available here.

 

FRIDAY 4th MAY, 6.30 pm, CARRICK-ON-SUIR:

Reading with Grace Wells at the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

 


 

FEBRUARY

 

BINDWEED has been shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2018.   
Irish Times Poetry Now Award shortlist revealed.
 

READINGS CONFIRMED FOR 2019

 

28th March,                     Galway, Over The Edge.

11th August,                    Dunlaoghaire, with organist Eric Sweeney.

 

READINGS CONFIRMED FOR 2018

10th January,

Staccato, Toner’s, Baggott Street, Dublin.

14th February,

Cork International Poetry Festival.

26th April,

Molly Keane House, Ardmore, Co. Waterford.

4th May,

The Hub, Carrick-on-Suir.

6th May,

Strokestown International Poetry Festival.

1st June,

Listowel Writers’ Festival.

10th June,

Carlow Arts Festival.

12th June,

Trinity College.

14th June,

Belfast Book Festival.

20th June,

Limerick, with organist Eric Sweeney.

3rd July,

Cashel Library, with Grace Wells.

17th July,

Tullamore, International Summer Organ series, with Eric Sweeney.

4th September,

Chez Le Fab Art Cafe, Limerick, with Eric Sweeney.

29th September,

Kilmore Quay, Write By The Sea Festival, Reading and Workshop.

29th September,

The Theatre Royal, Waterford,

Launch of Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour; by Carrie Crowley.

2nd December,

Granville Hotel, Waterford,

Archaeological and Historical Society Annual Lunch.

Reading from Comeragh, with slide show from Paddy Dwan.

 


 

BINDWEED REVIEWS

 

Paddy Kehoe, RTE Website, 12.12.2017   www.rte.ie/culture/2017/reviewed-bindweed-by-mark-roper

Siobhan Campbell, Poetry Ireland Review, December 2017.

Catriona O'Reilly, The Irish Times, 13/1/2018  www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/poetry-competing-in-the-ghastly-attention

Matthew Geden, Southword, January 2018   www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/Issues/33/bindweed.html
 
Enda Wyley, Dublin Review Of Books, July 2018   www.drb.ie/essays
 
Rosamund Taylor, The North, January 2019.
 
 
BINDWEED was launched in Waterford on 21st October 2017, by the poet James Harpur.   Available here.