Muckross House was the beautiful venue for the launch of a stunning new book ‘Still In The Dreaming’ on Wednesday 28th November last. Leas-Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Joe Culloty launched the book, praising the quality of the poems and the dedication of the writers to their craft.
Last June a call-out for submissions to Kerry County Council’s writer in residence Annemarie Ní Churreáin, on social media, newspaper and radio as well as through the Arts Office’s own e-newsletter drew a huge response. Sixteen poets were selected, and they worked with Annemarie to polish and hone their poems in preparation for publication.
These poets are Barbara Derbyshire, Bernadette Ní Riada, Conor Cleary, Elizabeth Murtough, Faye Boland, John McGrath, Kevin Griffin, Lola Scollard, Lorraine Carey, Marian Relihan, Mary Lavery Carrig, Michael Joyce, Noel King, Paul Murphy, Philomena Hearne (nee Stack) and Victoria Kennefick.
The workshops took place in Kerry County Museum and Annemarie has now overseen the editing and publication of these poems.
‘I chose ‘Still In The Dreaming’ for the title of the book as a tribute to the late John Moriarty,’ she explains. ‘John was a poet who was deeply inspired by nature and he described Kerry’s landscape as one that was still in the dreaming.’
Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer, adds, ‘These new poems all capture in their own way the deep connections of nature and nurture that Kerry people feel for the world and people around them. Each poem is a worthy addition to the treasure that is Kerry literature and the book is something to be proud of.’
‘The residency was supported by Kerry County Council, The Arts Council, The Trustees of Muckross House and Gardens, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Creative Ireland Kerry, and along with Kerry County Museum’s hosting of the workshops and Kerry Library hosting workshops also, reflects the strong support there is for writing in the county.’
The writer in residence programme will recommence in March 2019 and further details will be posted on @KerryCoArts on twitter and facebook and in the e-newsletter which can be subscribed to through Kerry County Council’s website.
Copies of Still In The Dreaming will be available to purchase on the night and can be bought for a limited time through the Arts Office at Kerry County Council. They will also be available for loan through Kerry Libraries.