Cork-Coventry
Twin Cities Celebration

with poetry from

Jon Morley and Anthony Owen

17 November 2008

Cork’s first Twin City was Coventry, established in 1958. In celebrating the 50th anniversary of this valuable relationship, Ó Bhéal hosted two of Coventry’s more prominent masters of verse, Jonathan Morley and Anthony Owen. The evening was attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Jim Corr, who addressed the audience with an inspired speech, acknowledging the importance of poetry and the long-established link between the two cities.

As Anthony had to reluctantly fly back due to unforeseen circumstances, six of Ó Bhéal’s regular poets, Billy Ramsell, Alan Coakley, Daw Harding, Joe Sweeney, Bríd Buckley and myself each read one of his poems, before Jonathan Morley took to the stage to recite from his forthcoming collection, Backra Man.


Videos of the Evening


Opening Address
Deputy Lord Mayor Jim Corr opens the celebration


Ó Bhéal poets read the verse of Anthony Owen


Billy Ramsell
reads The Copper Man by Anthony Owen


Alan Coakley
reads The Cowardice of Francis Evans by Anthony Owen


Daw Harding
reads Cigarette Starlette by Anthony Owen


Joe Sweeney
reads Porcelain by Anthony Owen


Bríd Buckley
reads Room 17 Ashford Hospital by Anthony Owen


Paul Casey
reads The Watch and the Hiding by Anthony Owen


The poetry of Jonathan Morley


Fabula (trans. from the original of José Craveirinha)

Anthony Owen’s My Father’s Eyes were Blue

Iberian Baroque

Spon

Duskfall

Bomb

From the Spanish Gypsey

Coventry Boys

On First Looking into Cecily Jones’ Ingendering Whiteness

For Lee Miller

Disillusion

Dobesh Snail