Wednesday, 25 February 2009

New Poetry Club in Scariff Public Library

Following on from the success of its adult and children’s bookclubs, the staff in Scariff Public Library are starting an adult poetry club in the library which will run at 6.30 pm every Tuesday beginning on March 10th. Focusing initially on Irish poets, the group will read a poet’s work and examine what was going on in their time, historically or politically, that may have affected their work. Aileen McDonagh who will lead the group stresses that anyone wishing to join the group does not need to be an authority on literature – all that is required is an interest in poetry and a willingness to express their own views at the same time as learning from the views of others. The staff recognize that there are a lot of artistic and creative people living in the area and this club will provide an opportunity for them to share their own work with others if they wish. However members need not be poetry writers themselves to participate as the focus will be on reading a range of poetry. Aileen hopes to have about ten people in the group and each meeting will run for about an hour. To book a place, call Scariff library on 061922893. For those with an interest in poetry, the Ennis Bookclub Festival running from 6th – 8th of March features poets such as Medbh McGuckian and Micheal O’Siadhail, in addition to Clare’s own The Clare Three-Legged Stool Poets.

The adult and children’s bookclubs at Scariff library would also welcome new members. The next meeting of the adult group is on March 12th at 6.45pm when the book under discussion will be Booker prize winner Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre. The children’s bookclub will next meet on Thursday, March 26th at 3.30pm to discuss John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

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