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September 29, 2009

Kildare Authors Celebrate Poetry at Riverbank

If you’re interested in literature, theatre and great entertainment then Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge is the place to be this week. With a free lunchtime poetry event on Thursday October 1st and An Evening with Great Irish Writers- a humourous one-man theatre performance- on Tuesday October 6th there’s no better way to enjoy some great Irish authors.

Feed yourself with highly acclaimed poetry and celebrate All Ireland Poetry day with this lunchtime reading at Riverbank Arts Centre. Featuring Kildare based poets Mary O'Donnell, Des Egan and Neil Donnelly this hour-long event will give poetry lovers the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy their lunchbreak in the company of great authors. The three featured poets are all highly acclaimed writers living in Kildare.

Mary O'Donnell During the last twenty years Mary O’Donnell’s career has reflected various interests. Her first novel The Light-Makers, was published to critical acclaim in 1992. She is an accomplished poet and broadcaster on literature and her sixth collection, The Ark Builders, will be launched on October 20th.

Desmond Egan.jpg Desmond Egan is a full-time writer living near Newbridge. To date, he has published 23 books of poems, 2 Prose Collections (including the acclaimed The Bronze Horseman) and 2 translations of Greek Plays. A documentary film has been published in USA and 22 Collections of his poetry have appeared in translation worldwide.

Neil Donnelly Neil Donnelly’s best known plays are Upstarts, The Silver Dollar Boys, The Duty Master and his play about Van Morrison, King of the Blues. Inappropriate Relations, a collection of short stories and a poetry collection Tullamore Train, will shortly be leaving the station. To celebrate All Ireland Poetry Day, Riverbank Arts Centre will host two events- one for students at 11 and another reading at lunchtime for a general audience.

Following the lunchtime reading audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions or share their own writings. Light refreshements will also be served. 

Tickets are Free but to book your place call box office on 045 448327.

On Tuesday October 6th the words of some of Ireland’s most celebrated authors will be immortalised on the Riverbank stage with a one-man performance of An Evening with Great Irish Writers.  Imagine Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, W.B Yeats, Seamus Heaney and more great Irish authors shared the same stage, in the same place all in one night? Well, in this one-man performance, Neil O’Shea takes us on a humorous journey through the writings of some of Ireland’s most famous writers.

Performed with an emphasis on the comical elements of Irish writings, An Evening with Great Irish Writers is rather like a stand up comedy routine but the material is written by Ireland’s best-loved authors. See this performance on Tuesday October 6th, 8pm, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.

Tickets €10/€8 Book online or call Box Office on 045 448327