LAUNCH OF NEW COLLECTION, A GATHER OF SHADOW, from the Dedalus Press:
A GATHER OF SHADOW has been launched, copies are available online from www.dedaluspress.com/p/a_gather_of_shadow
COVER IMAGE, by the Dutch artist Felice.
after Hadrian’s ‘Animula’
curled inside like a cat,
turning up your nose
at the milk of everyday.
exiled in flesh,
making the best
of the temporary.
When the senses shut,
when their door closes
where will you go?
with no one
to take you in,
what will you be?
You who sneered
who said you saw
what will you do
from A Gather Of Shadow
COLLABORATIONS WITH THE COMPOSER ERIC SWEENEY
CONCERTS: Eric and I are doing a number of concerts together. The format will be Eric playing pieces on the organ, me reading, then Eric improvising as I read.
New Ross, Dunbrody Centre, Wednesday 27th.
Glandore, Christchurch, 15th August.
Waterford, Christchurch Cathedral, 18th August.
Carrick-on-Suir,Ormond Castle, August 19th.
Dungarvan, St. Mary’s Church, Thursday 27th, 8 pm.
Wexford, Cafe Fusion, Friday 2nd, 7.30 pm.
Bandon, St. Peter’s Church, Saturday 3rd, 1 pm.
Limerick, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Wednesday 7th, 1 pm.
OPERA: Eric Sweeney and I have just been awarded an Arts Council Grant to work on an opera together. The work is loosely based on The Bacchae, by Euripides. We hope it will be performed in Waterford in 2014, as part of the celebrations of Waterford’s 1100 years as a city. The first draft is now finished, and the first rehearsals are being held.
WORK IN SCHOOLS: In November, Eric and I will be going into all the secondary schools in Waterford, to set up a project for first years, whereby I will work with them on writing a poem, and Eric will help them to set their poem to music. The process of composition will be the main focus, but we hope there will be a concert of the work produced to finish. This is the first time such a venture has been attempted.
ERIC SWEENEY WEBSITE: ericsweeney.com