Our Next LAST WEDNESDAY GIG IS WEDNESDAY 28th March at 7.30 pm Twisted Pepper middle Abbey Street (first right downstairs in the BOX

The SEVEN TOWERS LAST WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC reading is a showcase event for

published writers from Ireland and abroad, (including self publications) with an opportunity to publicize and sell books, as well as a combined showcase and peer review event for new and upcoming writers. It also, for many of those who come along for the strong social element to this event, a pleasant evening spent in the company of others, and an opportunity to hear many different styles of writing: poetry, short stories, experimental prose, sometimes in many different languages and styles of expression. We encourage all those to purchase a beverage at the bar, and to please drink sensibly.




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EXPERIMENTS IN MOOD AND MEANING : Poetry live at Highlanes Gallery Spring 2012

Poetry live at Highlanes Gallery Spring 2012
A series of four poetry events exploring new styles and new
ways of presentation and communication. The series is curated and introduced by poet Roger Hudson, the programme is
financially supported by Create Louth and Highlanes Gallery. Hudson says the series “is showcasing upcoming local and
national poets and bringing to Drogheda developments that are revolutionising the cultural scene in Dublin”.
Saturday 31 March at 3.00pm
Adventures in the Word Jungle
Experiments in the presentation of poetry – no longer solo,
soul to soul readings, as our poets support one another in
presenting and performing their very varied poems in multiple voices. Experience the unexpected in dialogue, thought
processes, dramatisations, and more, all adding to the power, impact and emotional complexity. Featuring Drogheda poets
Nuala Leonard, Brian Quinn and Roger Hudson, and Dublin
poet Anne Tannam.
Saturday 14 April at 3.00pm
Storylands of Hard Life Experience
For too long have short, word-spinning lyric poems dominated the poetry scene. Now narrative poets, free from ‘poetic’
language, subjects and styles, are striking back in forms
ranging from rap to rant, storytelling to themed assemblies, the personal to the political, searing emotions to powerful
insights. A wide-ranging sample presented by well-known
Dublin performance poet Karl Parkinson, and Drogheda
poets Patrick Dillon, Roger Hudson and Terry McHugh.
Monday 7 May at 3.00pm Drogheda Arts Festival
Interactions in the Sonic Supersphere
In the unique acoustic of Highlanes Gallery, enter the all-
encompassing audio space created by the eerie and ever-
changing soul-sounds of Claire Fitch’s electronic cello as
she improvises to the swirling moods and emotions of Roger
Hudson’s life poems in a developing creative relationship of which you and our environment can be a part.
Saturday 26 May at 3.00pm
Lapwing Poets
A tribute to Lapwing Publications, the fiercely independent
poetry publisher run by Dennis and Rene Greig in Belfast,
which continues to discover and present the work of poets
that establishment publishers ignore. With experimental
Dublin poet Adam Rudden, award-winning poet Tommy
Murray from Trim, winner of last year’s Great Drogheda Poetry Slam, and the skilled and subtle poems of Drogheda’s Marie
Admission is free, booking advised by contacting the
gallery on T + 353 (0)41 9803311
Come early and enjoy a relaxing soup and gourmet
sandwich, one of many special offers at Andersons Café,
or treat yourself to one of their delicious crêpes.
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda on the Boyne, promotes
and exhibits excellent modern and contemporary local,
national and international art in Drogheda and for the north- east region through a dynamic and diverse programme of
Collection, Exhibition and Access initiatives. Highlanes Gallery, a not-for-profit, permanent public institution in the service of society is committed to playing a central role locally and nationally in developing and advocating the visual arts through its Collection, temporary Exhibition programme and all
associated Public programme activities.
Highlanes Gallery Exhibitions Programme
March – September 2012
9 March – 26 April
Drogheda Municipal Art Collection including Recent
One + One Brigid McLeer
SURREAL Primary School Programme Exhibition
4 May – 5 September
7:42 Thomas Brezing, Séan Cotter, Mary Kelly, Abigail
O’Brien, in association with Drogheda Arts Festival
Famine Times: Drogheda Municipal Art Collection
9 June – 5 September
Women Artists in the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection
Highlanes Gallery is open 6 days a week,
Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, closed Sunday
Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street,
Drogheda on the Boyne, Co, Louth, Ireland
T.+ 353 (0) 41 980 3311 E. W. Highlanes Drogheda @highlanes
Admission is free, €2.00 donation is suggested

Launch of Kevin Higgins Mentioning the War – essays and reviews June 6th IWC



The Dublin Launch


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Mentioning the War – essays and reviews

(1999 -2011)

by Kevin Higgins

published by Salmon Publishing

The book will be launched by Clare Daly T.D.

@ the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

on Wednesday, June 6th



Best known for his dark, satirical poems; KEVIN HIGGINS published his first book review in The Galway Advertiser in June 1999. Reading Mentioning the War, it becomes obvious that Higgins is not like other critics. An enthusiastic advocate for the work of the new generation of poets who have emerged from Ireland’s thriving live poetry scene; he is also a merciless opponent of hypocrisy and pretentiousness wherever he finds it. His writing is overtly political in a way that draws comparison with George Orwell – the subject of two extended essays here. It would be impossible to agree with everything in this book; it is a book which often disagrees with itself. But on subjects as diverse as socialist poetry and neoconservatism, funding for the arts and the anti-war movement, Higgins informs, infuriates and entertains, as any good critic should.

“The importance of Higgins, in particular, in spearheading a whole new poetry reading/performance movement in Ireland over the last decade cannot be overstated…he is important not just to readers who might agree with his political or ideological critiques but also to practitioners and students of poetry itself regardless of their ideological inclinations.”

Philip Coleman

“There’s an arresting phrase, a new angle on a writer or a political position you thought you already knew about, in just about every piece here…The insights range from the literary to the existential to the seriously amusing…one of the things Mentioning the War offers, almost incidentally, is an insider’s account of how to learn to write.” John Goodby

KEVIN HIGGINS facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre; teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. One of the poems from Time Gentlemen, Please, ‘My Militant Tendency’, featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009. His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture is his third collection of poems and was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry.

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Photos From The Reading Wednesday 7th March 2012 Loft Bookshop Twisted Pepper Middle Abbey street

On Wednesday 7th March 2012, Seven Towers and the Loft bookshop, The Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, were delighted to welcome three writers and poets from the MLitt in Creative Writing Degree Trinity College Dublin . Below from Left Malu Bremer, Melony Bethala, and Andrea Liu. The reading was introduced by the poet Mr Eamonn Lynskey who is also pursuing the MLitt degree.

See here for Bios and the Poster for the reading

Dublin Writers’ Forum PUBLIC READING Twisted Pepper Middle Abbey St 7.30 pm; Admission: Free.

Dublin Writers’ Forum

March 5th, will be a special day – our first public reading to share our work! Tell your
friends, come along and hear what the DWF people have been up to
during the last few months.

Venue: Twisted Pepper Middle Abbey St Dublin 1; Time: 7.30 pm; Admission: Free.

Line-up so far:
Jonathan Armas McGlinn
Fióna Bolger
Yasmina Ferguson
Alvy Carragher
Kevin Dwan
Delta O’Hara
Eddie Hearne
Bernadette O’Reilly
Jane Willow
Liz McSkeane
Anne Tannam