Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Have A Shed - Will Share

Here is a review on the Shed Poets by Dilys Wood in Artemist Poetry, Issue 9, November 2012

Not a store for the lawnmower but a garden room overlooking Killiney Bay, County Dublin: here six women poets (Carol Boland, Marguerite Colgan, Bernie Kenny, Maureen Perkins, Judy Russell, Rosy Wilson) have regular meetings. In her poem, Poets’ Shed, Bernie Kenny refers to “the only sound pens writing” and to a postcard pinned on the wall showing “the Dylan Thomas writing shed in creative disarray”. This lively Irish ‘co-operative’ have been highly productive — anthologies, individual collections and a DVD (The Poets’Shed) with a booklet of poems. In the DVD, beautiful images of landscape and people relate to poems read by the six poets; music is by Elizabeth Purnell.

Bernie Kenny and Rosy Wilson had books published in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and Maureen Perkins has a new collection due out in 2013. Kenny’s Always Dalkey, Always the Sea includes poems which compare with those of the much-admired US poet, Mary Oliver, in their spirit of open invitation to walk out with the poet, “Soon after dawn, today decides / to be delightful. I’m out early // ears awake / eyes finding miracles” (Summer Solstice at Liscannor). Like Oliver, Kenny has found a way to be movingly confessional but also classically constrained, obviously taking much care with choice of words, line-breaks and the shape of the poems. In Rosy Wilson’s Keeper of the Creek there are also superbly economical poems with very pure diction, for example Butterflies, “are scarce this summer// but on my mourning walk / between the hills // I see some flutter / singly and in pairs // among long
grasses / low gorse, purple heather.” Though writing about grief, she has mastered the art of not writing too circumstantially, cutting straight to the heart of loss with the daring conceit ‘mourning’ where we expect ‘morning’.

Dilys Wood

The Poets’Shed, little fish films, 2012, manager, Rosy Wilson, music, Elizabeth Pumell

Always Dalkey, Always the Sea, Bernie Kenny, Boland Press. 2011. €10 ISBN 978-19078550-3-O

Keeper of the Creek, Rosy Wilson, Belfast Lapwing, 2012. £10 ISBN 978-l-9092520-O-4

Friday, June 29, 2012

Rosy's Next Book - Keeper of the Creek

Congrats to Rosy for a publishing deal with Lapwing (Belfast).
Here is a preview of her cover. Pic by her son, Paul

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shed Poets read at Wicklow Arts Festival

The Shed Poets read in the Cosmic Gardens in Wicklow Town, as part of the Wicklow Arts Festival 2012. Wonderful weather with poets from Dublin, Gorey, Wicklow, Bray and Greystones taking part.

Shed Poets at Dalkey Book Festival

The Shed Poets,  Bernie, Marguerite and Carol read at the Dalkey Book Festival on 16th June 2012 at 11am in The Club. It was a great reading with over 30 people coming to hear them - despite competition from the main events.
Congrats to the group for their wonderful poems.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rosy Wilson Interviewed by Dublin South fm

Rosy Wilson was recently interviewed on the Arts Programme, Rhyme and Reason on Dublin South fm radio. You can hear her interview and choice of music with Helen Dwyer here

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Poets' Shed - a taster

We are delighted to show poems from our latest DVD - one by each of us.

Enjoy Click here

If you want to purchase the DVD at €10 including a booklet of the poems, then email us. No post or packaging costs!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bealtaine Group Reading at IWC

Bealtaine Reading - Friday, May 11th - 1pm
Bealtaine Writers group was formed from a series of workshops organised by Age and Opportunity at IWC and led by Eithne Strong as part of 1999 Festival. The group continue meeting at IWC once a month  13 years later. The group includes five of the Shed Poets.

Their reading includes music by Eoin Flood, an award-winning guitarist, who specialises in music for recitals and events and in guitar tuition. He is performing with Bealtaine Writers' group, fulfilling Age and Opportunity's aim this year to be inter-generational.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Carol Boland's first poetry collection

Carol Boland will launch her first poetry collection, in assoc with Wicklow Arts Festival, on Sunday 27th May 2012 at 3pm in Ernies Bar (upstairs), in Wicklow Town.

All are invited to join the party!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Judy Russell - Poetry Ireland Introduction Poet

Shed Poet, Judy Russell, has been selected out of over 50 poets, as one of this year's Poetry Ireland Introduction poets. This award includes a series of paid public readings with an accompanying masterclass.

Judy will be reading at the Irish Writers Centre on 22nd May at 6.30. All welcome.

Well done Judy!

Shed Poets New DVD

The Shed Poets, in collaboration with Little Fish Films, have produced a wonderful short film.   Each poet reads three of their own favourite poems against a backdrop of imaginative images and original music. Included with the DVD is a picture booklet with the poems.

The film will premiere on Tuesday 1st May 2012 at the Space Inside Arts session in Wicklow Sailing Club.
Entrance is free and all are welcome.

DVDs will be on sale on the night.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bernie Kenny's Always Dalkey Always the Sea Launch in Magpie Inn Dalkey

Bernie Kenny

The Cake

Rosy Wilson, Bernie Kenny and Carol Boland

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Launch: Always Dalkey, Always the Sea by Bernie Kenny

You are invited to the launch

 ‘Always Dalkey, Always the Sea’
  by Bernie Kenny

  Saturday 25 February ’12  
  The Magpie Inn, Dalkey.

  Guest speaker: Yvonne Cullen

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Shed Poets at Bray Arts

Read a review of Shed Poets' performance at the Bray Arts in Nov 2011
by clicking here