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The Gallery Press Book Launch - Shared screen with speaker view
Lorraine Mc Ardle
01:43:06
Looking forward to hearing you read Audrey - best of luck!
Shelley Tracey
01:43:19
Can't wait, to hear you Audrey! Thrilled to be here
Ruth Quinlan
01:43:37
Best of luck Audrey!! Looking forward to hearing all the poems!
Attracta Fahy
01:43:39
Best of luck Audrey, looking forward to hearing you read. x
Caitriona MacNaeidhe
01:43:44
Good luck Audrey!
Barbara DeCoursey Roy
01:43:54
What a wonderful occasion! Congratulations Audrey!
Margaret Kiernan
01:44:12
Good luck Audrey. John too. Be great.
Anne Walsh Donnelly
01:44:34
Best of Luck, Audrey
Attracta Fahy
01:45:11
Best of luck John, looking forward to hearing you read.
Vona Groarke
01:45:12
Please feel free to let us know where you're joining us from!
iseulthealy@gmail.com
01:45:30
Sligo, Ireland
Shelley Tracey
01:45:40
From Lisburn,, Northern Ireland
Margaret Kiernan
01:45:46
Good evening from Mullingar, Ireland
Vona Groarke
01:45:49
Me too, Iseult Healy!
Karin Molde
01:45:55
Hello from Hamburg, Germany
Emily Cooper
01:46:00
Good luck Audrey! Shame not to be able to raise a glass in person but I’ll be doing so from Donegal.
Caitriona MacNaeidhe
01:46:00
Ireland!
Bobbie Sparrow
01:46:03
Galway, Ireland
Shane Lalor
01:46:14
Swords, Irealnd
Barbara DeCoursey Roy
01:46:16
St Louis, Missouri US
Anne Walsh Donnelly
01:46:17
Mayo, Ireland!!
Lesley Hart
01:46:18
Hello from Andalucia!
Frances Browner
01:46:28
Greystones, Co. Wicklow
Peter Sirr
01:46:37
good evening from Dublin and best of luck to both!
maeve’s iPad
01:46:49
Hi Aud, best of luck Maeve and Jill
alastairhesp
01:47:00
Copenhagen, Denmark
Joe Molloy
01:47:02
Evening Everyone, Greetings from Dublin Ireland from Alan and Miriam Molloy. Good luck to you both.
Grace McCarthy
01:47:12
Hi John and all - greetings from Australia :-)
Attracta Fahy
01:47:17
Hi from Galway
Mairéad Donnellan
01:47:20
Great to be joining you from Bailieborough,Co Cavan! Wishing you both the very best.
Audrey Molloy
01:47:27
Hello everyone! Delighted you could join us!
Cherry Doyle
01:47:30
Hello from Staffordshire, England! Good luck both, can't wait to hear your fabulous poems.
James Finnegan
01:47:52
Good to be here - James Finnegan
Sven Kretzschmar
01:47:55
Hello Audrey and everyone. Good evening from County Saarland, Germany.
Lesley Hart
01:48:00
Hi Cherry
Bobbie Sparrow
01:48:04
Adh mor , Audrey!
Rachel’s iPhone
01:48:42
Greetings from Portugal! Looking forward to the readings….
sarah O'Flaherty
01:48:51
Hello All from Aghabullogue, the very best to The Poets this evening, congratulations ye both, 👏👏
Enda Wyley
01:48:56
Good luck to Audrey, John and Vona!
Maria Isakova
01:49:04
Hello from Liverpool …Lovely to be ‘here’
Jim McElroy
01:49:19
Good luck Audrey, John.
Naomi Downie
01:49:53
Hello from Sydney Australia
John Noonan
01:51:04
Nice to be tuned in Looking forward John and Audrey
Anne Rath
01:51:41
Hello everyone from Cork.
Geoff Callard
01:51:45
Go Audrey!
Kevin Higgins
01:51:59
Galway, Ireland
Helen Mort
01:52:00
Happy launch day, John and Audrey!
Geoff Callard
01:52:06
Melbourne...
Roisin Ni Neachtain
01:52:28
Happy launch day!!! Best of luck!!
John McAuliffe
01:52:48
Hello from Manchester!
Jane’s iPad
01:53:09
Good luck everyone and congratulations Audrey & John.
John Noonan
01:53:55
Dundalk
Karin Molde
01:54:08
Good luck and congrats to both of you!
The Gallery Press
02:02:35
This is definitely worth getting up at 530 for :)
The Gallery Press
02:02:43
The Time Being (JF)Now, just before noon,still morning a few minutes more,the mist lifts, and the sun comes out,and the fields beyond the wood are visible,bright between the trees, making hersit up from her bolsteramong breakfast things, books,newspapers, notelets, a photograph,…
The Gallery Press
02:04:46
throw back the counterpane, standand stretch and walk to the bayto swing wide the windows, her arms opento the warmth of the sun returning,and watch as the last straw balesare gathered from the paddocksso that the full extent of the flattestland can be cleared and freefor her to catch and groom and tackher sable mare to ride all day,,,
The Gallery Press
02:05:21
through fresh stubble still harbouringplentiful grain for the grey birdsflocking to, as she on her mountstriding now holds high her headin the last warm rays pouringlike silken gold over hair and arms and face.
Ross
02:06:10
Just beautiful, John. And great to be able to read along - thanks, Daragh.
JR Grogan
02:06:32
Beautiful piece John.
Anne Rath
02:06:32
Lovely John.
Margaret Kiernan
02:06:47
wonderful, John.
Shane Lalor
02:07:33
That's fantastic John - well done
The Gallery Press
02:07:47
The Important Things (AM)i.m. Marianne IhlenThere’s a word in Scots Gaelic — sgrìob —which refers to the tingle on the upper lipjust before you take a sip of whisky.We are talking — after the burial,now they’ve allowed funerals again —across a table no bigger than a dinner plateabout those we’ve lost to the virus,and whisky or whiskey — the important things —when Roy Buchanan comes on the jukeboxand I can almost taste the lightfilm of sweat on your skin.I should have known it right then:an inventor will always be curious,and that here, in this bar, months from now,you will sit in false darknesswith another muse,while on our white-board veranda,its double swing written by Harper Lee,I’ll dip my best bristle brushin tin after tin of green —viridian, sap, olive, emerald —…
Mags Creedon
02:07:55
Elegant morning rituals
The Gallery Press
02:09:00
and slap paint mixed with salt onto timber shadesuntil every trace of off-white is erased.I’ll forgive you, in time, everythingbut the way you changed my namein the song that made you famous,trimming a syllable to rhyme with began;the irony of that, since it was the end,and not even our story,though all unhappy stories resemble each other.But let’s not catastrophize,we haven’t yet begun, and right here, right now,in The Fiddler’s Arms,there’s a feeling coming over me,a surface tension close to my upper lip,that no English word can describe.
Ross
02:09:47
WOW!!!!!!
Shelley Tracey
02:09:50
Beautiful, Audrey. Such a joy to hear you reading your title poem
Molly Twomey
02:09:57
Gorgeous!
Attracta Fahy
02:09:58
Fantastic poem Audrey
Anne Rath
02:09:59
Beautiful Audrey.
Margaret Kiernan
02:10:05
Just fabulous, Audrey
alastairhesp
02:10:08
Yes! Audrey, beautiful
Roisin Ni Neachtain
02:10:16
Brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Anne Walsh Donnelly
02:10:16
Fabulous, Ad
Alannah Hopkin
02:10:18
Wonderful, thank you Audrey
Lorraine Mc Ardle
02:10:34
Even better hearing you read it
JR Grogan
02:10:36
What a poem Audrey! Wow!
Shane Lalor
02:11:08
Thanks Audrey that's beautiful
Barker
02:11:31
One all draw,, right now, I'd say!
Geoff Callard
02:12:10
Hallelujah... Audrey
The Gallery Press
02:12:19
Forty-four (AM)A champagne hangover is no way to start the new year,not when the mercury reaches forty-four and we are drapedlike wax over the arms of leather lounges, tryingto suck the cool out of anything shiny.My tangerine sherbet cotton dress has darkened in a deltadown my back and clings to my thighs as I rinse cherries,slice the shocked cheeks off mangoes, criss-cross themand turn them inside out. My brain feels like this.…
Karin Molde
02:12:43
Love that one, Audrey!
The Gallery Press
02:13:57
The bathers are back, panting, shoulders rashered; no onegallivants today. Eileen fills a bowl with iced waterand we take turns cooling our feet. Outside cicadas scream.Niall plays a chord on the guitar. Is it too early for Mojitos?
Ross
02:14:08
‘Shocked cheeks of mango’ - love that image!
Margaret Kiernan
02:14:10
superb
Geoff Callard
02:14:38
Love that poem. So vivid.
JR Grogan
02:16:16
Loved that poem Audrey! ‘Like wax over the arms of leather lounges’
The Gallery Press
02:17:43
Disappearance (JF)Close to the ridgebetween Thingvellir and Borgarnes,she motioned to stop,got out,and walked across a lava trackto one of the drifts familiar from our long approachto force her hand into the snow —an iron-cold claspshe knew would loosen,if her warmth would hold.…
Margaret Kiernan
02:18:59
Very sensual poem, John.
Jo Burns
02:19:23
Fabulous vivid poetry John and Audrey, and what a wonderful, warm, interesting launch Vona
JR Grogan
02:20:02
Wonderfully wild John!
Margaret Kiernan
02:20:02
Good work, Vona. Warm.
Jack Grady
02:20:26
You are what you are, John. Fractal rocks, John. Great.
Jane Shaw
02:20:42
How helpful to be able to see the words on “Chat” as the poet speaks them!
Jessica
02:21:11
Thank you for that, John. 'the ultimate conversation' yes!
The Gallery Press
02:21:54
Who (JF)A light wind ruffles the river poplars,rousing me from daydreams of gold and green;when it reaches here the beech leaves shiver,then settle back to the season’s regimeof warmth and silence and limitless time —…
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02:22:23
healing a body unused to this pace,and with nothing to think of but how to findmore time to while away in this place.It moves through the woods, a secret spokenby tree to tree, until it reaches the lane,and from there, or thereabouts, half-woken,a pigeon croons every now and again:Who? Who is it? Who-who, who is it?Who-who, who is it? Who?
The Gallery Press
02:24:56
Mother, I Am Your Mother Now (AM)We first talked under water, through quiet peristalsis.I don’t recall the words you spokebut I know they meant: At last. You are here.I never told you I was jellyfish,velvet worm, nautilus, before I came to you.I’ll drift the length of my umbilicus, a coracle of skin on bone.I’ll feel your pulse again, ripple through amnionwhere my limb buds wave your rhythm.My words will cross this liquor sea,wash up on the cobalt shores of your inner ear.I’ll carry you inside, as you once carried me.
Shelley Tracey
02:25:09
I am really enjoying the dialogue between you and the poets, and the interweaving of their voices, Vona. Super launch
Attracta Fahy
02:25:12
My favourite poem of yours Audrey
Lorraine Mc Ardle
02:25:53
really beautiful and moving
Jack Grady
02:25:54
Magnificent, Audrey!
Molly Twomey
02:25:56
I love that ending, absolutely stunning
Anne Graham
02:26:03
Lovely poem Audrey
Paul McCarrick
02:26:16
Stunning Audrey
Anne Rath
02:26:33
I adore this poem Audrey. Such a powerful love poem
Margaret Kiernan
02:26:43
Audrey, superb.
John Noonan
02:26:50
beautiful Audrey
Roisin
02:28:00
Wonderful readings John and Audrey, and loving the conversation between you three.
Roisin Ni Neachtain
02:28:30
Stunning work
The Gallery Press
02:28:36
Naming the First-born (AM)You are as I dreamt you,alert and serene, packed like glassin peach skin, watching blueand green flash past the car.Your name shall be Ashling.Your eyes map my face(eye-nose-lips), two cocoa beans,a throwback to a stray Armada genefrom scuttled Spanish ships.We shall name you Valentina.…
Shelley Tracey
02:29:33
`packed like glass in peach skin … exquisite
The Gallery Press
02:29:34
…Your road here was violent;nurses weigh my dressingsto chart blood loss, heavyblankets hide a battlefield.You shall be called Athena.You discover me like a lover,skin to skin, mouth to nipple,foot soles to lips,marbled belly to my kiss.Your name shall be Alaïa.Your fingers sway, anemones.You are ancient as ferns,fiddleheads unspooled in shade.I watch your willow hands all day.My child, your name is Grace.
Lorraine Mc Ardle
02:30:17
so many fab images - love that packed like glass
Geoff Callard
02:30:28
Oh lord... that's a poem to make you weep.
Jack Grady
02:30:31
Another powerful one, Audrey.
Barker
02:30:44
Pure Grace, Audrey
Ross
02:30:54
What a truly beautiful gift that poem will be for Grace.
The Gallery Press
02:32:53
Your News (JF)Something bighas shifted below groundor ruptured above the cloudsto raise the museum railings even higher,lengthen the streets and narrow the pavementscrammed with those who couldn’t all have knowntoday was Mercury’s day in the sun,holly blues these exotic leavesfloating through the scomfish air of W1soon to be rinsed by heavy rain failingto lighten the weight of sky or centrethe slid cargo still lodged belowso I might walk again without fear of falling.
Jack Grady
02:33:30
Mallarme, John, said poetry is about words, not ideas. That's what he told Degas (who dabbled in poetry) when Degas said he couldn't write another poem because he'd run out of ideas. So, good idea, John, keeping a notebook of words.
Geoff Callard
02:36:23
I love the sense of that poem. Doesn't have to be explicit - its a sensation. Good poem John
Barker
02:36:47
John, can you tell the trees dancing in your on-screen backdrop this long lovely evening to sssshh a bit?
Jean
02:37:28
Well done to all - Vona, Audrey, John. Three great speakers.
Jessie Mc Donald
02:37:40
For all those budding "Nature Writers" out there, this might be of interest: https://bit.ly/3xUU0Nx (Launch of the IWC Climate Writing Group)
Frank Farrelly
02:38:50
Fascinating discussion.
The Gallery Press
02:40:36
False Memory (AM)My sister is under strict instructionsto relay every detail so I can rememberas if I’m there, instead of here,wandering Sydney’s Lower North Shorewith a toddler in a pram: the May morningin St Brigid’s church, the coffinwhere my mother lies resplendentin the fuchsia suit she wore to my wedding,her better-than-her-own-hair wig,blue eyes closed, lips shaped to a smile —she was always smiling — but also closed,no straight white teeth grazed with Rimmel.…
Jessica Bundschuh
02:41:54
Audrey, in a poem like “MOTHER, I AM YOUR MOTHER NOW,” you justify the margins like a prose poem, shaped like a little postcard. Can you say something about your relationship to the poetic line, especially in a prose poem?
Ross
02:42:10
Outstanding last line, Audrey!
Jessie Mc Donald
02:42:13
Thanks to John and Audrey, for making the world more beautiful.
Kevin Higgins
02:42:23
Lovely launch Audrey & John. Huge congrats.
Jack Grady
02:42:32
Wonderful presentation, both poets and the well-researched host. Splendid.
Attracta Fahy
02:42:33
Beautiful heart wrenching poem Audrey
Caitriona MacNaeidhe
02:45:19
Thanks Audrey and John, for the emotional rollercoaster. It was really lovely to attend an event too!
Sven Kretzschmar
02:45:27
Wonderful launch, Audrey and John, and splendid Questions by Vona. Well done all!!
Roisin Ni Neachtain
02:45:42
Thank you so much, utterly brilliant.
Anne Rath
02:46:08
A wonderful discussion. Thank you for a most inspiring poetry reading and discussion.
Deirdre McMahon
02:47:59
Fascinating discussion and wonderful reading. Thank you all.
Catherine MacCarthy
02:48:20
an exciting event - gorgeous poems and readings and great questions
iseulthealy@gmail.com
02:48:50
professional and instructive - beautiful works
Tina Cole
02:49:00
Audrey so glad to have been able to share this evening with you - wonderful launch - congratulations to you and John - such and interesting and engaging event.
Ross
02:49:24
Superb launch - thank you Vona, Audrey, John, Daragh, and all at Gallery Press for an excellent evening of conversation, circling life and poetry.
Ellen Ní Chonchúir
02:49:49
Thank you John & Audrey for such an enjoyable launch. Looking forward to reading the collections in full!
Colette McKenna
02:50:00
Wonderful evening and wonderful poetry to soothe the soul. Thank you John, Audrey and Vona
Frank Farrelly
02:50:17
Many thanks and well done Vona, Audrey and John.
Karin Molde
02:50:45
Such a beautiful and enjoyable book launch - thanks to all of you for this.
Attracta Fahy
02:50:58
Wonderful launch Vona, love the discussion and readings! Congrats to Audrey and John! Great evening. Thank you.
iseulthealy@gmail.com
02:51:09
Terrific Vona - thank you
The Gallery Press
02:51:51
Flowering Cherry (AM, read by JF)A tree can sell a house, the agent says,when they view 10 Beech Drive as newlyweds.Its shot-silk trunk stands so close to the hedgeits blossom carpet-bombs the street by May.Come June, it casts lemonade shade as tar-seams melt, stick to bare feet kicking cansor skipping ropes slung between the footpaths,grounded only for a passing car.September’s red and ochre pot-pourriof leaves will bank against the windowsills.Boughs that vein the sky in winter willbe knobbed with sticky buds again by spring.Four years my young mother sees it bloombefore my bud unfurls, pink, in her womb.
The Gallery Press
02:54:12
The Collectors (JF, read by AM)While she slept on he would gather upthe bursts of birdsong around her window,the whipbird’s hiss-cracks from the edgeof the rainforest, a morning star,as one by one they all pulled outto follow the bright space-station of their dreams.During the day there would be eucalypts standinglike beasts of burden in the solid heat,the tremor he felt when she’d say the word creek,lorikeets rocketing through street treesand, once, the draw and sigh of evening seaas she pressed close to him, whispering her dreamof the leaf-thin eel tonguing its waythrough the rocks of the waterfall pool....
The Gallery Press
02:54:20
Later he would empty his pockets,adding to the seed-pods, prize shells, foundstones in her basket on the bookstand,and wait for when she might take it down,carry it out to the veranda, tip everythingacross the sandy table-topand examine each piece carefully,her face glowing in amber candlelight,then replace them all slowly, one by one,her own particular way.
Maria Isakova
02:54:50
Thank you Audrey and John for wonderful readings and many thanks Vona for questions illuminating so much. A beautiful evening of poetry. All best wishes from Liverpool…
The Gallery Press
02:54:57
Thanks to everyone who made time to be here tonight/this morning. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s been a wonderful hour of poetry and discussion. Thanks to both poets, and to Vona for her outstanding facilitation.
Cherry Doyle
02:55:04
Thank you all for a wonderful event. Superb readings and facilitation.
Geoff Callard
02:55:09
What a wonderful morning. Inspiring
Paul McCarrick
02:55:09
Well done John and Audrey, it was a wonderful evening! MUP ; )
Jessica
02:55:10
Great format, reading each other's poems.
Karin Molde
02:55:15
Beautfiful poem, John!
Attracta Fahy
02:55:38
Wonderful poems to end the evening!
Nollaig Rowan
02:55:42
thanks so much!
John Noonan
02:55:42
Great reading. thank you all.
Terry Datson
02:55:42
Many thanks for a great evening!
Ross
02:55:43
Loved the format. Every launch should follow suit!
Roisin
02:55:48
Wonderful launch!
Naomi Downie
02:55:56
excellent hosting & questions that opened such wealth of experience. thanks for wonderful launch
Shane Lalor
02:55:58
Thanks Vona for hosting a fantastic event and thanks to Audrey and John for the poetry, the imagination and the introspection your work will bring - once I get my hands on the books!
Glenda Cimino
02:55:59
thank you and congrats!
Lorraine Mc Ardle
02:56:00
Fabulous launch - what a pleasure to be here to witness it!
Barbara DeCoursey Roy
02:56:07
Thank you Vona for facilitating this lively discussion. A beautiful collaboration between John and Audrey and Gallery Press.
Patrick Salvadori
02:56:08
An absolutely marvellous evening! Thank you all so much!
Enda Wyley
02:56:12
Thanks everyone. Really enjoyed! Congrats to John and Audrey! And well done, Vona!
Anne Walsh Donnelly
02:56:16
great launch, well done all
Anne Graham
02:56:22
Thank you all for a lovely event
Roma O'Flaherty
02:56:35
Thanks for a great evening. congrats to you both!
Graeme Brosnan
02:56:36
Fabulous stuff! Very enjoyable and congratulations to John and Audrey and Vona!
Barker
02:56:41
lovely lyrical evening, well done Vona
Roisin Ni Neachtain
02:56:41
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
andreaoleander@gmail.com
02:57:19
greetings from Poland Aud - and John as a former cork resident I really enjoyed your poetry - Audrey was my school friend and I am so grateful for all she gave me - much luck to both of you!!