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The InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop, founded in Chicago in 2004, is an intertextual presentation of verse as a force in our everyday lives, as opposed to a dry notion that students are forced to study in schools and think of as separated from their lives and reality. The interactive, multimedia workshop examines how poetry is inherent all around us, from household objects, to advertisements, to painting, to music, to our memories. Poetry is removed from its lofty academic pedestal, and people recognise how they are already poets, and that poetry lives within. Taught in Asia, North America, and Europe by the 2014-15 Dublin Slam Poetry Champion Clara Rose Thornton, who hails from Chicago, the birthplace of slam poetry.

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“Its central long poem, ‘Pity the Bastards’, sounded like Patrick Kavanagh and Allen Ginsberg, but its tenderness and well-made stanzas gave voice to the lives of farm labourers and hired men in a way that had hardly been seen in Irish writing.” John McAuliffe in ‘The Irish Times’ Tom French is among the best Irish poets writing today. In 2002, his debut collection, ‘Touching the Bones’, was the first Irish winner of a Forward Prize. His latest collection, ‘Midnightstown’, was published in 2014. It opens with the poet alone with his newborn son in a delivery room. Described as “a heartbreaking quality of understatement”, he confronts and stares down extreme experience and praises the everyday. An oncology diary is simultaneously dispassionate and moving. In language of calm power he registers a brother’s suicide and fraught relationships. He offers glimpses of a battle in World War I, while other poems observe saplings as they prosper and actors preparing a play. They record incidents in barbers’ shops and salvage materials from old newspapers.

Friday 31st July. 8.30PM James Yorkston and Alasdair Roberts Abbeystrewry Church. ¤15 James Yorkston was one of the original members of The Fence Collective, part of the Fife music scene that spawned King Creosote, KT Tunstall, Pictish Trail & The Beta Band. Since 2001 James has been signed to Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand), with whom he has released 8 albums proper and dozens of Eps, compilations, 7” singles and one exceptionally fine book – ‘It’s Lovely to be here - The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent’ James’ most recent album, The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (Autumn 2014) was produced by Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip) and featured some of his old pals - KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail, and received tremendous reviews. He also has a very strong local connection having spent many happy summer holidays in his family’s holiday home just down the road in Creagh!

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, primarily a singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer, arranger and interpreter of traditional songs and ballads. In 1996 he released his first 7” single on Will Oldham’s Palace Records imprint; since then he has gone on to produce some 13 full-length albums of music, primarily working with Drag City Records of Chicago.

Alasdair has collaborated with a wide variety of fellow musicians as well as with other artists including poets, puppeteers, film-makers and painters.

He has toured widely at home in Scotland and abroad – in USA, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Australia – both solo and with various bands. In 2013 he became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Emily Portman. His most recent release, simply entitled Alasdair Roberts, is a collection of ten self-written songs and was released by Drag City in early 2015.


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Photo credit: Linda Jackson Photo credit: Drew Farrell


Saturday 1st August. NOON-MIDNIGHT Poetry Marathon Working Artists Studios. FREE After the phenomenal success of the last 2 years, we are delighted to welcome back Working Artist Studios’ ‘Poetry Marathon’.

12 hours of poetry, with well known poets (and you) reading their own, or their favourite poems. Featuring, among others, Clara Rose Thornton, Tom French, Gabriel Rosenstock, Afric McGlinchey, Adam Wyeth and many many more.

Drop in at any stage during the day or night to listen or read and to be enthralled.

This event is kindly sponsored by Poetry Ireland

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A rare opportunity to see the films of Armenian film-maker Artavazd Pelechian.

Seasons of the Year / Vremena Goda (1972, 30min) The End (1991, 8 mins) Life (1992, 7 mins) Located somewhere between documentary, fiction and essay, the films of Armenia’s Artavazd Pelechian are eloquent visual poems. As Gareth Evans, Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery says “While the hypnotic images are often culturally specific – whether of intrepid cosmonauts or Armenian shepherds – there’s a drive towards a universalist film language that’s closer to music.”

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Dr. Pat Bracken’s lecture ‘A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Art, Surrealism, Mental Health & Recovery’ was the inspiration for last years thought-provoking panel discussion on creativity and well-being. This year we turn our focus to the power of poetry and look forward to an interesting discussion with our diverse panel.

Dr. Pat Bracken is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork and an actor with Schull Drama Group. He was Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK until 2008.

Gabriel Rosenstock is a poet, playwright, haikuist, essayist and author/translator of over 180 books, mostly in Irish. He is a member of Aosdána (Irish Academy of Arts & Letters), Lineage Holder of Celtic Buddhism and former Chairman of Éigse Éireann/Poetry.

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In 1978, Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop took cameras deep into The Land Where the Blues Began and collaborated with the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television to produce this film. “Today we give a platform to this vital folk culture and its creators. These people witnessed the birth of the blues. They lived them. This haunting music, laughing at life’s ironies, and set to a dancing beat. This amazing mix of Europe and Africa is America’s most distinctive song style. It’s also the product of the folk culture of the Mississippi Delta. We visit picnics and revivals. We meet the black pioneers who helped to carve Mississippi out of the wilderness with their work on farm, river, railroad and levee, creating a new music out of their loneliness and their deprivation. Music that, once heard, can never be forgotten.” The programme features performances by Sam Chatmon, Jack Owens & Bud Spires, Eugene Powell (Sonny Boy Nelson), Belton Sutherland, Othar Turner, Napoleon Strickland, and Joe Savage.


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“Without Lomax it is possible there would have been no Blues explosion, no R&B movement, no Beatles and no Stones and no Velvet Underground”, Brian Eno.

Alan Lomax was the world’s greatest song collector. He was proudest of his driving, his thousands of miles and days down nameless roads seeking out the jewels of the human spirit. He is most famous for his work in the penitentiaries, plantations, and lonely farms of the Mississippi Delta, where he returned no less than seven times between 1933 and 1985 to listen, observe, fraternise, and record night after night, year after year; but he repeated this feat with astounding results in hundreds of obscure places in the U.S.A., the Caribbean, Europe, and North Africa.

Tonight, to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, Skibbereen Arts Festival and our host Donal Dineen will celebrate his immense legacy - in the company of singers and musicians David Kitt, Cian Nugent, James Yorkston, Alasdair Roberts, Liz Clarke and Eibhlís Ní Chronín.

David Kitt is one of Ireland’s best loved singers. Having spent the last year touring with David Gray, the Dubliner is embarking on a nationwide tour but tonight will perform some of his favourite songs from the Lomax collection.

Cian Nugent is one of the most exciting musicians and composers in Ireland today. ‘Pitchfork’ described his compositions as rising “steadily and delicately to glorious but restrained crescendos.” Eibhlís Ní Chronín from Baile Bhuirne is one of our greatest traditional singers and a granddaughter of the great Bess Cronin who Lomax recorded on his Irish visit in 1951.

Liz Clark is a West Cork-based singer/songwriter from Colorado. She tours extensively and has recorded 4 solo studio albums of melodic folk songs.

Fresh from their Skibbereen Arts Festival double bill Alasdair Roberts and James Yorkston will both showcase some of the great Scottish folk songs from the Lomax collection.

Kerryman Donal Dineen is one of the most respected figures in Irish music today. As a Radio Presenter, Photographer, DJ and Filmmaker he has been at the forefront of the Irish music scene for over 20 years and is the perfect host for this very special tribute to a very special man.

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“Haiku is an ardent, inspired and inspiring engagement with everyday life, an intercourse with nature-centred events, mainly, events that are happening around us all the time but which we perceive more keenly on the haiku path.

Read true haiku with reverence, write true haiku – do it right and you can disappear, happily, now — and over and over again in the course of your life.

“ ‘Haiku, and the Art of Disappearing’ | Gabriel Rosenstock Skibbereen Arts Festival is delighted to welcome celebrated poet and Haikuist Gabriel Rosenstock for this Haiku workshop where Gabriel will lead participants on a Ginko, a compositional stroll through the grounds of the beautiful Liss Ard estate. This workshop is suitable for both experienced poets and beginners.

Gabriel is a poet, playwright, haikuist, essayist and author/translator of over 180 books, mostly in Irish. He has written two books on haiku as a way of life, ‘Haiku Enlightenment’ and ‘Haiku, the Gentle Art of Disappearing’ both published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is a member of Aosdána (Irish Academy of Arts & Letters), Lineage Holder of Celtic Buddhism, former Chairman of Éigse Éireann/Poetry Ireland and member of the Board of Advisors to Poetry India.

Requirements: Paper and pencil.

It is recommended that the text ‘Haiku Enlightenment’ be read before the workshop. This will be sent to participants when they book the workshop or can be obtained from the Box Office during the festival.

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Visual Art From old printing rooms to walled gardens, old bottling plants to high grounds above the town, in buildings old and new, Skibbereen becomes an Art Gallery for the next two weeks with the work of over 100 artists on display.

Featuring a diverse range of work by local, national and international artists, with numerous exhibitions, interventions, installations and art films taking place in permanent & pop-up galleries around the town. Enjoy!

Saturday 26th July - Sunday 2nd August. 10AM - 6PM

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For its twentieth anniversary, the Ireland-based experimental archaeology project Umha Aois will contribute to the Skibbereen Arts Festival by hosting an eight-day archaeology and sculpture symposium in Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen from 26th July to 2nd August. The group of ten sculptors and crafts people will be joined by international artists, archaeologists and researchers to produce small and medium-size bronze sculpture inspired by and in response to the Early Bronze Age copper mines of Mount Gabriel and the West Cork region, and the Corten steel architecture of the new West Cork Art Centre. The work will explore the contextual and visual tension between ancient and contemporary materials, leading to the fabrication of new artwork inspired by Ireland’s rich archaeological heritage, including medieval bells, Bronze Age horns and tools.

The use of the stone moulds, lost-wax process, clay moulds and charcoal pit-furnaces will give spectators and participants a fascinating insight in how ancient metalworking - carried out in Ireland for more than 4,000 years - can result in both innovative and contemporary art objects as well as high-quality historic replicas.

The project is kindly funded by Cork Co. Co. Arts Office.

The event is free, everyone is welcome; daily 10am to 6pm and public night casting sessions until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. For more information visit www.umha-aois-2015.com ART Liss Ard Estate

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Red Fox Press Franticham Francis van Maele from Belgium and Antic-Ham from South Korea make a variety of art in different media, working together under the name Franticham.

After founding Red Fox Press (www.redfoxpress.com) in Luxembourg in 2000 to make, print and sell artists’ books, Francis moved to Ireland in 2002. He first met Antic-Ham at the Seoul Artist Book Fair in 2005. After meeting again in London they realised that they shared the same passions in life and work, and started to produce mail-art projects together as Franticham, later making their mail art into books. The driving force behind much of Franticham’s work is DaDaism and the later, the Fluxus movement, the most famous proponent of which is probably Yoko Ono. Pushing art beyond its traditional boundaries, both movements question art and how it should be presented, trumpeting nonsense and irrationality over reason and logic. Often termed ‘anti-art’, they frequently poke fun at the seriousness of modern art.

Francis and Ham live and work at the current Red Fox Press studio in Dugort on Achill Island, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There, they make and sell their DaDa screenprints and books and Fluxus boxes (boxes filled with eclectic images and items, most of which they have been sent by other artists), as well as Polaroid works.

Franticham’s work has been shown in prestigious venues all over the world, including the Library of Congress, the MoMa Library, and the New York Metropolitan Art Museum in America; the Tate and Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK; and many galleries and libraries in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Korea, Japan and elsewhere.

ART Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.

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