Marking Poetry Day Ireland,
The West Cork Literary Festival presents...
Unlaunched: Martina Evans,
Victoria Kennefick and Aoife Lyall
Price: 5 euro
Date: 7pm Thursday 29th April 2021
As preparations continue for the 2021 West Cork Literary Festival, organisers are delighted to offer a programme of online events this spring.
Thursday 29th April, 7pm, join the West Cork Literary Festival (WCLF) for a special event with poets Martina Evans, Victoria Kennefick, and Aoife Lyall, in conversation with Séan Hewitt and John McAuliffe from the Unlaunched Books podcast, to mark Poetry Day Ireland.
The Unlaunched Books podcast was set up in 2020 by Séan Hewitt, Victoria Kennefick and John McAuliffe to publicise new poetry collections that were missing out on launches due to lockdown. WCLF are delighted to host a special video edition of the podcast to mark the publication of new poetry collections by Martina Evans, Victoria Kennefick, and Aoife Lyall.
In Martina Evans’ American Mules, the eponymous mules are shoes brought to her as an exotic gift by an American relation. They suggest to her the possibility of a very different world, one which the poems’ speakers set out to explore. As happens so often in her poems, new and invented experiences throw into vivid relief Martina’s own intensely lived experiences. We revisit places her readers have encountered before—the radiography units of hospitals and their merciless work culture, in which the speakers must survive; a London densely populated by both human and animal characters whose colours and aspect she brilliantly evokes, and Burnfort, County Cork, with its bars and gossip and childhood complications, a subject of her lyrics.
Victoria Kennefick’s first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, draws readers into seemingly recognizable set-pieces – the family home, the shared meal, the rituals of historical occasions, desire – but Victoria forges this material into new shapes, making them viable again for exploring what it is to live with the past – and not to be consumed by it.
Aoife Lyall’s debut collection Mother, Nature explores the tragic and tender experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood, from antenatal complications and the devastating pain of miscarriage to the overwhelming joy of healthy delivery and healthy infancy.
‘Unlaunched: Martina Evans, Victoria Kennefick and Aoife Lyall’ takes place online, via zoom, at 7pm Thursday 29th April. Tickets €5 are available from the West Cork Literary Festival website https://www.westcorkmusic.ie/literary-festival/programme/
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