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I have a number of readings confirmed for 2020, you can view these via the button above. All are welcome.


2020

JUNE

Delighted to be reading 3 poems on the Trasna website:

http://richardhowe.com/2020/06/19/sleeping-with-the-kingfisher-and-other-poems-by-mark-roper/?fbclid=IwAR1A_tiHNj_P2eZpc2ZEbpFFrBKqnQvaL53cHQzwJy2nV-YEgZ1P4fYCtXQ

 

MAY

Happy to have a good few poems in this new anthology:

THE WORD ARK is a pocket-sized anthology of poems from Ireland's Dedalus Press, responding to our fellow creatures, great and small, published at a time when not only the animal kingdom but the world at large is beset by dangers on an unprecedented scale. It is, as editor Pat Boran says in the introduction, “An invitation to look more intently at the world beyond ourselves, an external balance to our inner turmoil.” The contributions come from 45 poets – among them Paula Meehan, Patrick Deeley, Paddy Bushe, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, the late Francis Harvey, Mark Roper, Mary Montague, Eva Bourke, Enda Wyley and Boran himself – so that the book reports on the natural world from the four corners of the island of Ireland, and indeed farther afield. The book is illustrated by the editor's father-in-law, the artist Gaetano Tranchino, who contributes timeless illustrations from his Siracusa, Sicily. The Word Ark is a highly personal and timely response to a crisis, but also a report on how positive thinking and engagement with the natural world can be a help and consolation at such a time as this.

FULL LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS: Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Eva Bourke, Paddy Bushe, Conor Carville, Inger Christensen, Marie Coveney, Enda Coyle-Greene, Catherine Ann Cullen, Pádraig J Daly, Patrick Deeley, Theo Dorgan, Katherine Duffy, Erin Fornoff, Matthew Geden, Ray Givans, Francis Harvey, Eleanor Hooker, Patrick Kehoe, John Kelly, Tom Mathews, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Philip McDonagh, Iggy McGovern, Paula Meehan, Mary Montague, Aidan Murphy, Gerry Murphy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Peggy O’Brien, John O’Donnell, Mary O’Donoghue, Paul Perry, Leeanne Quinn, Ger Reidy, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Ross Thompson, Richard Tillinghast, Jessica Traynor, Grace Wells, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods and Enda Wyley.

LINKS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlOth5ce5ew&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3MVtdb9bjroW1om8aWQjzzBSKg1dYjwl0I6Pk7Q9XuzM3RwQPA9p0QVhY

For a reading of my poem Sleeping With The Kingfisher, in a short film by Pat Boran:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnGfH55PdGc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1xdlgINFsLxoVyhoQzlvV2UvKC7qTazwzsomQpgAVCPEFBCIxN2jrIdEY

 

APRIL

TUESDAY 14TH APRIL

Reading some poems here for Poets Pandemic Podcast, including the poem below, with Maggie Dubris from New York:

https://soundcloud.com/maggie_dubris/poets-pandemic-podcast-4-41420-408-pm?fbclid=IwAR1xZdxEYWbyFt32baeJFRI20yBeBaKh8hB_ee90zqrnLjNla5MtaF9LmxQ

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This is a new poem, for this Spring in particular:

 

MORE THAN EVER

 

Now more than ever, swallow,

is the time to come, up the river

and over the field.

 

Now, rook, the time to know

your ramshackle basket of twig

holds its fragile trove.

 

Blackcap, this moment more than ever

we need your hidden delivery,

sudden mad burst of song.

 

Gorse, your rich and delicate perfume.

Dandelion, your cloth of gold.

 

Thrush, do not fail us now, sling

your fervent prayer into the wind,

into the driving rain.

 

Primrose, please, keep sketching your soft circles.

Above a still lake of bluebell,

unfurl, beech tree, your tender leaf.

 

More than ever, moon, your shining example.

More than ever, pebble, your patience.

 

This poem is featured on the Write Where We Are Now website, curated by Carol Ann Duffy:

https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/write/more-than-ever-.php

It will also be included in the Ty Hafan Anthology, to be published in 2012, an anthology of poems and song lyrics edited by Tony Curtis, to be sold to support the children’s hospice for south Wales, based in Sully in the Vale of Glamorgan. See www.tyhafan.org 

 

JANUARY

I've been watching a flock of some 150 Whooper Swans in river meadows at Tibberaghny, by the River Suir. The poem below will be published along with 2 more new poems, Otter, and Black-throated Diver, in Acumen No. 9.

 

WHOOPER SWANS IN JANUARY

 

They are too white for winter.

That is to say, there is no frost

in their white feathers, no ice.

And that bright stain of buttercup –

their have dipped their bills in Spring.

 

Photo courtesy Paddy Dwan

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2019

DECEMBER

A brief extract from an article in Raceme No. 8, by Kerri ni Dochartaigh, 'On Mark Roper's recent work':

"I am reminded of lines of his that I have copied out at the front of my journal: 'We are held by what cannot be held.' ... At his finest Roper is ethereal, observant, at ease in the liminal - taking us by hand 'into the kingdom of dark', the moth-light of evening."

Raceme, c/o Matthew Barton, 19 Birchall Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 7TW, UK.

 

NOVEMBER

TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER

Lovely to hear Olivia O'Leary read my poem 'Dolphins' on RTE Radio One's Drivetime today:

http://rte.ie/r.html?rii=9_21655208_83_12-11-2019

DOLPHINS

They slip through the surface below the cliff,

two adults and a child,

rolling and folding their longed-for lengths.

 

We watch with two minds

this vison of fin

framed in all we now think of as loss.

 

Already they seem belated, shadows

of former selves,

apparitions rising from ruin.

 

Foam flares from their breaking backs

like words erased

as soon as they’re uttered.

 

They rise and fall, as if trying

to mend the water.

The sea, in their wake, appears to heal.

 

from EVEN SO, Dedalus Press, 2008

 

OCTOBER

 

The poet Edward Power died on 22nd October. Here's a link to my tribute to his life and work:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/edward-power-a-poet-whose-work-was-marked-by-gentleness-tenderness-and-love-1.4069174

 

SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER, Christ Church, Church Road, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 3 pm.

POETRY & PIPES: A Recital with Eric Sweeney to celebrate the restoration of the 1876 Telford Church Organ.

 

FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER, St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford, 8 pm.

IN HIGH PLACES: Music and Words from the Comeragh Mountains. With sean-nós singer Ann Mulqueen, singer and accordion player Breda De Paor, internationally acclaimed uillean pipe player David Power. In High Places is a unique collaboration between musicians and a poet, based around the mysteries of the Comeraghs. For this special event Mark will read extracts from Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour. This will be combined with the songs and playing of Ann Mulqueen and Breda De Paor, alongside the playing of the uileann pipes by David Power.

 

FRIDAY 11th OCTOBER, The Book Centre, Waterford, 6 pm.

I'll be reading Hayden Carruth's beautiful poem 'No Matter What, After All, and That Beautiful Word So' at 'We haven't had an earthquake lately ,,,' , the Well Festival's annual reading of favourite poems. Carruth's poem is 'about' listening to the calls of wild geese in the night. Over the course of the poem the speaker works his way out of the confines of his consciousness into an awareness of the blessing of what lies forever beyond it.

 

THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER, University Hospital Waterford, 6 pm.

I will be launching 'That's How The Light Gets In,' an Exhibition of paintings by Ann Brennan, Blawnin Clancy, Aidan Dunne, Ciara Gormley and Mary Tritschler.

 

SEPTEMBER

A new poem 'Murmuration' was shortlisted for the 2019 Bridport Prize.

 

AUGUST

 

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST, St. Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire, 8 pm.

I will be performing with organist and composer Eric Sweeney.

www.dunlaoghaireorganconcerts.ie/concerts/2019-08-18/eric-sweeney-organ-mark-roper-poetry

Further Info: dunlaoghaireconcerts@gmail.com

 

SATURDAY 17th AUGUST

 

Beautiful article by Paddy Woodworth in the Irish Times, about my work with with the photographer Paddy Dwan, especially the book on the Comeragh Mountains.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/a-cure-in-the-comeraghs-1.3985915?fbclid=IwAR2B3t9emfuJE-qMUEy0AGgRoDgEDeT8d3atih-CytCG4f_VJCHW0qom1gQ

 

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 2020

21st June                         Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering, with Gerry Smyth.

                                          POSTPONED, UNTIL 20-23rd JUNE 2021. 

April 18th                         Poetry in Palmers Green, with Julian Bishop, Mimi Khalvati, Peter Phillips and Anne Stewart.

                                           POSTPONED UNTIL 30th jANUARY 2021.

 

READINGS CONFIRMED FOR 2019

20th October                  Christ Church, Tramore.

18th October                   St. Patrick's Gateway, Waterford.

18th August                     St. Michael's Church, Dunlaoghaire.

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.
 
Kerri ni Dochtartaigh, Raceme, No. 8, Autumn/Winter 2019.
 
 
BINDWEED was launched in Waterford on 21st October 2017, by the poet James Harpur.   Available here.