The Bogmans Cannon is supporting the Double Shot reading series and ask all our friends to support it. Next reading, in partnership with Galway’s Over The Edge, features Simon Lewis, Mary Madec, and Kevin Higgins. As many of you will know, Kevin is the Bogmans Cannon satirist-in-residence and his caustic, eloquent, and entertainingly surreal poems are among our most popular postings always. For reasons which are not difficult to guess, unashamedly left-wing Kevin receives suspiciously few invitations to read at state-funded and bureaucratically controlled festivals and events in Ireland, outside of his native Galway, where he is the most popular poet. A case of bureaucratic censorship in action? Anyway, come and hear one of the very few poets whose work will be read in a hundred or a thousand years time by those wanting to know what it really felt like to be in the Ireland of Austerity and Bureaucracy.
DOUBLE SHOT is a series of poetry readings at the new Books Upstairs premises on D’Olier Street which will provide a platform for emerging and established poets to share their work. We place a special emphasis on poets from outside Dublin who have fewer opportunities to read here.
For our October event, we’re partnering with Galway’s fantastic OVER THE EDGE reading series to bring you two great Galway poets and an exciting new voice.
Our line up on the 14th October features Simon Lewis, Mary Madec and Kevin Higgins.
Simon Lewis was the winner of the 2015 Hennessey Prize for Emerging Poetry and was the runner up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. He also featured in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series the same year. He has been shortlisted for the Listowel Poetry Prize and Bridport Prize and received a special commendation in the Dromineer Literary Prize. He has also been published in many literary journals and magazines including The Stony Thursday Book, Boyne Berries, Literary Orphans, Blue Max Review, Irish Literary Review, Silver Apples and Deep Water.
Mary Madec is Director of Villanova University’s Study Abroad Program in Ireland. She has a Ph.D in Linguistics from The University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She has published in Ireland, Britain and the USA, and in 2008 won The Hennessy XO Award for Emerging Poetry. Her first collection, In Other Words, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010 and in 2012 she edited a book of poems Jessica Casey & Other Works (also from Salmon Poetry) from the award-winning community writing project Away With Words collective which she co-founded in 2008.
Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published four collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008), Frightening New Furniture (2010), & The Ghost In The Lobby (2014). His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014). His poetry was last year the subject of a paper titled ‘The Case of Kevin Higgins: Or The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire’ given by David Wheatley at a symposium on satire at the University of Aberdeen. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews, was published by Salmon in April, 2012. Kevin’s blog is http://mentioningthewar.blogspot.ie/ . and has been described by Dave Lordan as “one of the funniest around” who has also called Kevin “Ireland’s sharpest satirist.” In October Kevin will be teaching a master class on ‘Satire and the Political World as part of the Irish Writers Centre’s Poetry Masterclass Series http://irishwriterscentre.ie/products/the-poetry-masterclass-series His next book 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins will be published by NuaScéalta very early next year. Song of Songs 2:0 – New & Selected Poems will be published by Salmon in Spring 2017.
The Double Shot Team is Jessica Traynor (Curator), Angela Carr (Design and Publicity), Dave Lordan (MC).
It’s venue partner is Books Upstairs