Talks & Readings

Poetry Reading
Annette Skade
St Peter’s Church, Castletownbere
12pm, Sunday August 5th

Annette Skade is from Manchester and has lived on the Beara peninsula for many years. Her first collection Thimblerig was published by Bradshaw Books, Cork in 2013. She is widely published, with work in magazines and journals in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the US. She has won several international poetry competitions. Last year she was Irish Writers’ Centre/ Florence Writers ‘Writer in residence’ at St Mark’s Cultural Association in Florence, and next month she is reading her nature poems at the “A Place On the Edge?” (ASLE-UKI) Conference on Orkney.

She is currently doing a PhD on the Poetry of Anne Carson at Dublin City University.

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Artist’s Talk
Cathy Bacon
At Cathy’s Studio, Ardacluggan, Urhan (Coming from Eyeries, turn onto road number L-95753-10, on the right about 1K before Travara)
7pm, Wednesday August 8th

Cathy is originally from Dublin and studied Fine Art Photography in Bournemouth and Poole College of art in the early 1990s Her subject matter was often animal based and she experimented with printing techniques in the darkroom to get a painterly feel to the work. On returning to Ireland she worked professionally in the equestrian word as a rider and picture maker. She has been living in Beara since 2002.

In 2016, Cathy graduated from Crawford College of Art. She was awarded the Joan Clancy Summer Show Award for her degree show paintings and the Sarah Walker Gallery also presented her graduate work in its 2016 Summer show.

Since graduating, Cathy has been working full-time as an artist .She is presently undertaking a Masters in Art and Process at the Crawford College of Art, and has recently opened a residential studio space for artists in Beara.

Poetry Reading
Anna Selby
At Cormac Boydell and Rachel Parry’s house and studios at Reentrisk, Allihies
7pm, Friday August 10th

In this reading, you’ll hear poems written up to 100ft deep in the ocean, poems about wild swimming and diving, and poetic studies of species from Ireland and around the world. Anna will also share some of her favourite international eco-poetry and poems on compassion, kindness and empathy. Anna Selby is poet-in-residence for Beara Arts Festival 2018, and is a wild swimmer and naturalist. Her poetry often explores our relationship with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with dancers and choreographers, writes poetic studies of different species in the field, directly from life, often underwater, and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment. She studied on the Creative Writing Poetry MA at the University of East Anglia, is a specialist in international poetry, and works as a writer, editor and translator.

From Allihies Village take the R575 (the coast road towards Eyeries). After 3k the broken yellow lines on the sides of the road cease. 50 metres further there is a high visibility orange painted fence post on the left. Opposite this is our access road. Please park on the main road and walk up. The house is the one with the green garage and sycamore trees. GPS 51.656448,-10.064832.

If the weather is good, this reading will be in the garden. If not it will be in the studio. Bring a cushion.

Artist’s Talk
Maurice Henderson Fry: A Personal and Artistic Appreciation by Tim Goulding
The Library, The Beara Coast Hotel
2pm, Sunday August 12th

Artist Tim Goulding has lived and worked near Allihies since 1969. He was a founder and the first Chairman of Beara Arts Festival, at which Maurice showed his work each year, up to and including the 25th Anniversary Artists in Beara Exhibition at Beara Community School shortly before his passing in August 2017.

On this, the closing date of our Maurice Henderson Fry: Paintings exhibition, Tim will discuss his decades-long friendship with Maurice and their shared interests as visual artists.