Candlelit Tales: Death Fears the Irish
It is said that we all must face death, and the fear of death is the most profound of fears. So why is it, then, that the warriors of Old Ireland seemed to have no fear of death? Why did they throw themselves into situations they could not possibly survive? How was it that they went to their deaths exuberant, triumphant, even laughing?
Irish heroes do not fear death: but Death fears the Irish!
The Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Rd, Ravenswell, Bray, Co. Wicklow
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The Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Ct, Dublin, D02 TW84
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The Whiskey Museum, 119 Grafton Street, Dublin, D02 E620
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Outstraight Block Party
Following on from a string of sold-out shows across Ireland, OutStraight and are teaming up once more to give you an unforgettable day of music, poetry, street art and panel discussion. All OutStraight share stories on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations that the youth of our day face. including gentrification and Irelands 'Session Culture'. This, all set to graffiti themed backgrounds and hip-hop/house beats, brings the soul of high-rise flats and concrete jungles to people wherever the location.
A4 Sounds St Joseph's Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street,, Dublin,
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The Truth Is..
Having used creativity as the foundation to recover from depression, Stanley Notte shares his story, techniques and theories on how creativity can positively influence our mental health. Joining Stanley will be the Lost Gecko and Mummy Harmony.
Stanley's direct and honest approach offers listeners an opportunity to be inside the head of an unhappy man struggling to understand the world, and outlines the journey that brought Stanley to the moment of diagnosis, and the winding road, he travelled while getting well.
The Kino, Washington St, Centre, Cork
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Slam Sunday makes a triumphant return on Sunday 6 January as part of First Fortnight 2019. A staple of the Irish poetry scene, Slam Sunday is a live slam poetry competition with top prizes including:
1st - €50
2nd - €25
Joint 3rd - €10
Audience vote - €10
Plus, there will be two intervals with tea, coffee, and sweet treats on offer. Booze-free zone!
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 1
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Candlelit Tales: Women and Warriors
Everyone knows that women in the ancient world had no rights, and stayed at home meekly to look after their dozens of children… right? Not in this mythology! Here are women who fought battles and took no prisoners, women who struggled under curses and captivity, women who rebelled, women who rule.
The 6th of January is a day where we celebrate women, Nollaig na mBan! So join us to do it properly! Where we get to retell the most epic and ancient tale with a very new flavour. Some of you may know bits and pieces, and hear familiar names, but we’ll take the less reflected perspective, and you about the women who was great enough to lead the Fianna. A tale of strength and tale of softness, and a tale where those aspects meet. A tale that tells of women and all that they were and all that they are.
Cork's Weekly Poetry Event Ó Bhéal invites a variety of guests every Monday evening. Starting the night with The Five Words poetry challenge at 9.30pm. Guest poets begin around 10.00pm, for between 30-45 minutes, after which follows the usual Open Mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats! Full list of guests can be found on the Ó Bhéal website: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/guest-poets/
Long Valley Pub, Winthrop St, Cork
Vintage Tea And Storytelling Sharing For 24/7 Carers
Sometimes while taking care of others we can often forget about self-care. This unique event works to honour and recognise those dedicated to the care of others. 24/7 Carers groups are invited to a very special tea party during First Fortnight where we will sip tea from the finest china and share heartwarming stories of how our ancestors supported each other during harsh winters in rural Ireland. We encourage carers throughout Ireland to take a break this January and have their own tea sessions together
Manorhamilton Castle Café, 6 Castle St, Leitrim
Entry Free (Registration Essential)
On the Nail Literary Gathering
The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents The Jan 2019 ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering
Thurs 10th Sept 2019 at CB1, Central Buildings, 51 O’Connell Street, Limerick. Start 8pm
This month, our guests are Pete Mullineaux and Moya Roddy plus OPEN-MIC!
CB1, Central Buildings, 51 O’Connell Street, Limerick
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Poetry Night Kerry
This entertaining evening of poetry, song, film and laughter will showcase some amazing local talent and very special guests.
Revolving around the theme of recovery, and expression through art, the evening promises to stir emotions and provide a giggle. Amongst a variety of poets and singers, guests include the seanchaí of Iveragah Sean O’Laoghaire and international award winning comedian Joe Rooney.
The Ring of Kerry Hotel, Valentia Rd, Garranebane, Cahersiveen, Kerry
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Therapy Sessions Cork
First Fortnight’s intimate, eclectic mix of music, poetry and spoken word returns to Cork. The line up includes the 6 time Munster Slam Champ, Fergus Costello and the rising voice of Alana Daly Mulligan and Kevin P. Gilday, the award winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow. MC for the evening is First Fortnight Ambassador and spoken word artist and curator Stephen James Smith. Stephanie Rainey will be the guest music curator for this very special Therapy Session.
Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St, Centre, Cork
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Open mic/Jamming session with in-house musician and featured acts Kasey scribbles and Emmet O’Brien. Sign up on the night! Every Sunday from 8pm in the International Bar.
13th + 27th January/8.00pm
The International, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
More information: https://www.facebook.com/theintercollective/
The Dublin Story Slam
This month we're delighted to team up with First Fortnight and we're looking for stories inspired by the theme, TRIBES. Tell us about a time you felt connected, included or attracted to a community, a gang or even an entire movement. What was it that brought you all together? A shared passion, a mission, a problem or a solution. From schoolyard cliques to solidarity on the streets, comrades at work to team-mates at the weekend. Or perhaps you're still on the outside looking in? Whatever your tribe is, be part of a new one onstage at The Dublin Story Slam.
The Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2
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Bespoken Word: Stan Notte's The Truth Is…
An interactive and entertaining show about using creativity as the foundation to recover from depression by Stan Notte. MC: Hugh Bradley. Plus: Open Mic
DeBarra's Folk Club, Pearse St., Clonakilty
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/354539972014854/
Poetry Pamphlet Party
Join us for an evening of readings in celebrating the poetry pamphlet. Featuring readings by poets from published or forthcoming pamphlets:
Soft Touch (Smith Doorstep) by Louise G. Cole, genuine human values (The Lifeboat) by Susannah Dickey, Little Deaths (Smithereens) by Seanín Hughes, Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books) by Alice Kinsella, The Architecture of Red Caviar Sandwiches (If a Leaf Falls Press) by Michael Naghten Shanks, and I Don’t Love You (Eyewear) by Christian Wethered.
The evening will also celebrate the launches of Soft Touch by Louise G. Cole, genuine human values by Susannah Dickey, and Sexy Fruit by Alice Kinsella.
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin, Ireland D01 ND60
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Stanzas is an event for emerging writers to express themselves, develop their craft, and meet interesting, like-minded people.We hold a monthly event and publish a monthly chapbook. Alongside the First Fortnight event there will additionally be an open mic, open to any and all and sundry who choose to come along.
Ormston House, 9-, 10 Patrick St, Limerick
More info: https://www.firstfortnight.ie/events/stanzas
The Crossover is a multi-disciplinary performance art project initiated in 2018 in Cork City featuring collaborations between Cork performance poets, rappers, musicians and visual artists. After collaborative adventures in Cork City and Vancouver, The Crossover comes to The Kino in the spirit of promoting positive mental health. It aims to highlight expression as a vital activity for someone experiencing mental health difficulties. The performance is dedicated to the late Dublin poet Paul Curran.
The Kino, Washington St, Centre, Cork
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Nighthawks at the Cobalt
The next Nighthawks at the Cobalt will be on Saturday, January 26th and we have six great acts lined up. (No messin’. See below for proof.)
MUSIC: Leila Jane and the Healers, Sinead White, Josh Johnston
COMEDY: Michael Mee, Neil Hickey
POETRY: Paul Timoney
Strictly no admission after 8.10pm. Show ends at 11.00pm.
The Cobalt Cafe, 16 N Great George's St, Rotunda, Dublin 1
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Wee Heart Burns
Spoken Word led event with Music/Songwriters and a small smattering
of the shortbread tin version of Robert Burns (Piper, Whisky, Haggis
Neeps, Tatties, And a couple of his poems).
The Auld Upstairs @ Sandinos, Water St. Derry BT48 6BQ
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