June and July
(Ó Bhéal had no guest poets for the first two months.)

11th June

The mp3 from the evening is here (4.9mb).

The Limerick Revival ‘Trio’ Series

Poets Noel Harrington, Edward O Dwyer and Gerard Sheehy will read from their new collection.

Noel Harrington is from Tuamgraney in Co Clare. In his 20s he did the customary living abroad thing (Copenhagen, Munich, New York etc) and has washed more than his fair share of dishes. In his final year studying for a BA at Maynooth, he won the University’s top award for literature, the Barbara Hayley Memorial Prize. Has had work published in Revival and will be appearing in a future issue of The Stinging Fly.

Edward O Dwyer is 22 and from Limerick. He has been writing seriously since June 2006, which incidentally is the time he began going to the White House in Limerick. He holds a first class honours degree in English and Media & Communications (U.L.) and in September begins a H.Dip in secondary school teaching (N.U.I Cork). He has been previously published in Revival.

Gerard Sheehy was born in Limerick and has lived there for most of his life. He is a regular reader at the White House Poetry Revival nights. Previous work has been published in the Microphone On anthology and Revival.


18th June

Perciphone Petticoat (UK)

From the United Kingdom, Perciphone Petticoat, poetry performer, writer, singer songwriter, musician and producer, is a fresh and entertaining face in the world of performance poetry. She has been writing and singing since early childhood and collaborates with other musicians to make ambient and peace enhancing sounds. Perciphone uses enchanting lines, beguiling and pallatable; weaving their way in and out of the cold hard truths often being projected.

From surreality to social dysfuntion – sexuality to empathy, fairytales to self harm, Perciphone Petticoat often flirts on a rather risque edge. However, pertinent subjects delivered graphically, are often skillfully tempered according to musicality and backing sounds: allowing ideas that would otherwise be unpallatable – to be considered.

For more visit: http://www.myspace.com/perciphonepetticoat2


25th June

Adam Wyeth (UK)

Adam Wyeth is from Sussex and now lives in County Cork. His poems have been published in numerous literary journals, anthologized in the O’Brien Press Award winning book, Something Beginning with P, and the Arvon International Poetry Competition have specially commended his work in their 25th anniversary anthology (2006).

Adam was recently selected in the Poetry Ireland 2007 Introductions Series in Dublin. He has been a guest reader at the Whitehouse Poetry Revival in Limerick, and continues to bring his poetry to the fore. He teaches creative writing in Cork.


2nd July

Gina Ferrara (USA) and Jonathan Kline (USA)

Gina Ferrara lives in New Orleans. Her poems have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies including Poetry East, Callaloo and the Briar Cliff Review. Her chapbook, The Size of Sparrows, was published by Finishing Line Press in December of 2006. She was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to study and travel abroad and is using the grant to travel to Ireland. She is an educator who is active in the New Orleans poetry scene and has poems forthcoming for publication in YAWP.

Jonathan Kline lives in New Orleans. For over twenty years, he has told his autobiographical stories which are grounded in the oral tradition and the contemporary narrative. He has performed in New York, Chicago and Seattle, and, he recently completed a residency in storytelling and puppet making at the University of Pennsylvania at Edinboro.


16th July

The mp3 of Ian’s reading is here.

Ian Horn (UK)

Ian Horn was born in County Durham and has performed in various venues throughout the U.K. and in Europe. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, The Glastonbury Music Festival (2004), Wychwood Festival, Tubingen Book Festival (Germany), Lake Orta Literature Festival in Italy Sept (2006) and at venues in France, Portugal, Holland, Ireland and Hungary.

As part of Euro’ 96 he was writer in residence at the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool and he worked for the British Council in Portugal during Euro 2004. He was commissioned by BBC Radio 5 to write a poem for ‘The Death of Football ‘ series and has also recorded a poem for Danish TV with the English Premiership and Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.As a genuine troubadour of ‘the beautiful game’ with a commitment to reaching a young audience, he has appeared in over 60 schools and colleges throughout Britain.He recently collaborated with Northern Sinfonia on a sound/text response to the music of Mozart. His publications include ‘Verses United’, an anthology of football poetry published by Durham Books and a collection ‘Jazz from the Collieries’.


30th July

in association with Poetry Ireland

John Liddy

reads from The Well: New and selected Poems

John Liddy was born in Youghal, Co. Cork. He grew up in the Rathbane area of Limerick and currently spends much of his time in Spain where he works as a librarian and teacher in Madrid. Former editor of the literary review The Stony Thursday Book, with Jim Burke. He has six books of poetry to his credit, Boundaries (1974); The Angling Cot(1991);Song Of The Empty Cage (1997); Wine and Hope (200) and Cast-a-Net (2003) and more recently The Well: New and selected Poems (2007).

John Liddy’s poetry has been described as having no boundaries. As profoundly Irish as Spanish he drinks from the deep well of tradition and history of both countries. His work is an example of the cultural mix we are compelled to live with for the coming century. John offers the heart of two countries, richly diverse, national in its sources, limitless and universal in its appeal. He is married to his wife Pilar and they have two sons.