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Speakeasy Mar 30th 2020

The Tanyard, Skibbereen, Monday Mar 30th at 8.00 pm.

The usual exciting mix of invited speakers and open Mic performers.

Heading the bill will be poet Daniel Wade, a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. In January 2020 his radio drama Crossing the Red Line was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry and short fiction have appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012, incl. Cassandra Voices, The Missouri Review, The Agonist, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Live Encounters, Fresh Air Poetry, The Galway Review, A New Ulster, Banshee Press and Zymbol.

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Estelle Birdy – Speakeasy October 29th 8.00pm

Another fantastic mix of drama, poetry, comedy and prose.  FREE ENTRANCE.

Taking to the Speakeasy stage this month will be award-winning short story writer Estelle Birdy, acclaimed author Lynn Buckle and novelist Paul Kestell. Joining them will be poet Anton Floyd and Joy Lawlor who will be reading from her father’s letters published on her website ‘Bonny Braeside‘.  Expect something mystical and Halloweeny from Rae McKinley and something rude from the inimitable Rude Judes.  We also welcome for the first time comedian Dakota Mick.

Our final slot of the evening will be an excerpt from Cork Arts Theatre/Minnow Productions forthcoming presentation of Jerome K Jerome’s “Three Men In A Boat.” Full details below.

October’s Performers

Estelle Birdy is a writer, yoga teacher and mother of four, living and working in Dublin but when she wins the Lotto, she’s moving to West Cork. She has recently completed a Masters in Creative Writing at UCD and is currently working on a novel about a group of young fellas living in Dublin’s city centre. Her work has appeared in the New York based literary journal, The Squawkback, in Heartland, the Penfro Book Festival winners’ anthology, on The Journal.ie, Bogman’s Cannon, Cunning Hired Knaves and My Second Spring. Her book reviews have appeared in The Sunday Independent and she is a reader for the Francis MacManus RTE Short Story Prize. She really enjoys performing her work and it’s like a dream come true to be asked to read in Skibbereen.

Lynn Buckle was born in the UK and after much travel has spent the last thirty years in Ireland. She is a successful Kildare based artist, tutor and writer. She spent years stealing feelings and painting them onto canvas, but her stories needed words and she changed to writing verse.  Lynn Buckle is the author of  Luise an Chleite anthologyand The Groundsmen reviewed as  “powerful and affecting. Lynn Buckle is a fierce and fearless new voice in Irish writing.’  Published by http://epoquepress.com .

Paul Kestell published his debut novel Viaréggio in October 2009, this novel has received excellent reviews in both the ‘Sunday Independent, and the Irish World newspapers, ‘the novel has also featured on Rte Radio one, and on Cork 96fm.  Paul’s previous works include his radio play, ‘For a few weeks in June,’ broadcast on RTE and his short story ‘Ballinglanna,’ published by Willow Lake press. Paul Kestell read at the West Cork Literary festival on July 5th- 2011- this international event featured among others David Soul and John Boyne.
Paul lived in West Cork and his second novel ‘Wood Point,’ was published in the autumn of 2011.  Paul followed ‘Wood Point,’ with two collections of novelettes….’The Mad Marys of Dunworley & other stories and The West Cork Railway & other stories’

Paul published his first collection of short stories ‘Nogginers,’ in May 2016—these stories have received wonderful reviews on Amazon.
This writer is a regular reader in libraries throughout Ireland, having read in Cabinteely, Blancardstown, Clondalkin, Balbriggan, Malahide, Lucan, and in Bandon, Blackpool and Mayfield libraries in Cork……Presently Paul has published a new novel a mystery thriller, ‘The Baby Farm.’  The Baby Farm has just received a five star review on Amazon Kindle.

Anton Floyd was born in Egypt and raised in the Cyprus. Educated in Ireland, he studied at Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. He has lived and worked in the Eastern Mediterranean variously as a teacher, school principal, artistic director and producer. He is now teaching in Cork City and lives near Inchigeelagh. Poems are widely published and forthcoming in Ireland and elsewhere. He is a several times prize-winner of the Irish Haiku Society International Competition; runner-up in the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition and most recently received a highly commended in the Anam Cara competition. His poems were included in the anthology ‘Between the Leaves’ (Arlen House) and the anthology Teachers Who Write (ed. Edward Denniston WTC 2018).

Rude Jude (aka Judith Coffey)  scribbled ditties for years.  A serial volunteer within the Arts, she supported her friends at the inaugural “Gab – Mixed Tape Night” in Coughlans, June 2016 and  is now a regular on  “The Gab” Set List,  taking  part in  Cork’s Harbour Festival,  Life Long Learning Festival, World Story Telling Day, Storytellers of Ireland.   Rude Judes has hosted the “Crosstown Drift Bus” on behalf of The Good Room, at Cork’s Midsummer Festival the past three years. On 1st November she will be reading for the second time at “The Peacock Parlour” Burlesque night at The Kino.  A resident of Cobh she regularly performs her poems at “Coliemore – The Artists House”, she presented and judged poetry at  ‘Cobh Readers and Writer’s Festival’ this year.    Rude Jude’s poems are observations from life (middle-aged gal’s perspective)  interspersed with humour and witticisms.

Dakota Mick was raised on the Dakota Plains, in Ireland due to the misfortunes of love. Dakota Mick is doing his best to fit in and understand what the hell is going on. Mostly he is failing, but at least he can laugh about it. Why not come along and laugh with Ireland’s best Dakotan comedian. And if you can not laugh with him at least you can laugh at him. Because hey who doesn’t like laughing at Yanks.

Rae McKinlay is a lover of story. She is an advocate of the mythos way of wisdoms and has traveled the Celtic Lands in her quest for story wisdom and inspiration. Though she loves the tales of indigenous peoples, Rae writes her own stories which are often rooted in nature and the old ways of knowing. She has just released her CD “She Who Spins Stories” and is near completion of her debut book “When Crow Was White”.

Joy Lawlor‘s blog, ‘Bonny Braeside’ juxtaposes excerpts from her father’s letters ( 1964-1980) with her own story.”My father’s letters, like Mr Pooters, describe a small world. ‘Braeside’, the 1930’s semi where I grew up, is in Church Street, Earl Shilton, a Midland village so poor it didn’t have its own church till the mid nineteenth century. In 1865 my great grandfather opened the first shoe factory in a village that until then housed stocking frame workers and cobblers. His son later went bankrupt throwing my father at the mercy of the hosiery or boot and shoe trades or, in hard times, the dole. In the early letters he is about to retire (he was born in 1900) and accept a job sweeping up in a factory along Church Street. Dad’s letters are for the most part sunny, but there was darkness in that house and I had to escape so my story is very different”.

Ten-Past-Ten Theatre  Our first ever theatre slot will feature an extract from Minnow Productions “Three Men In A Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome.  Adapted by Ethan Dillon and Directed by Mags Keohane.  MINNOW aims to create innovative and socially engaged theatre for a diverse audience. The company’s journey begins with a commitment to artistic collaboration. Mags and Ethan first worked together on a production of Serious Money by Caryl Churchill which won Best Ensemble and Best Set at the Irish Student Drama Awards 2012. As part of the Granary Theatre’s New Director’s Festival 2015 they collaborated on Made in China by Mark O’ Rowe – “a coarse and sleazy slice of Dublin given Cork edge” (Irish Examiner). Three Men in a Boat is their most creatively ambitious project to date, transforming Jerome K. Jerome’s 19th Century classic for modern Irish audiences to enjoy.

This production is made possible by the Cork Arts Theatre and the Arts Council Emerging Artists Programme.

November 21st to 30th (excluding Sunday 24th) @ pm
PREVIEWS: 19th and 20th November @ 8pm

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Cork Arts Theatre Event Page: https://www.ticketsource.eu/corkartstheatre/three-men-in-a-boat/e-lvgxjz

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Comedians and poets – 24th September

Another fabulous line up featuring three poets, two storytellers, four comedians, and two novelists.  Adds up to more than 8? Exactly.  Enjoy some of the finest comedy talent from as far as Scotland, Cork and Dublin,  together with poetry and pokes.  Find out more by booking your seat!

 

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ER Murray Speakeasy Session June 25th

Speakeasy June 25th 8.00 pm

June 25th is next Speakeasy Sessions in Skibbereen and the slate this month is as exciting and varied as ever. We reconvene at 8pm at the wonderful Tanyard on Main Street – a beautifully refurbished venue with a specialist whiskey bar and a lovely mini-theatre in at the back. This month we will be joined by a wonderful group of writers and poets including ER Murray, Anton Floyd, Anne Barrett, Moze Jacobs, Rae McKinlay, Nick Smith and the inimitable “Rude Judes”.  8 great performances guaranteed. Take your seats.

E.R. Murray

E R Murray Intro: Elizabeth Rose Murray writes for children, young adults, and adult audiences. Her books include the award-winning Nine Lives Trilogy and Caramel Hearts.

The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 is currently being made into a film, and is also on the Junior Cycle English reading list. Recent short story and essay publications in anthologies and journals include The Elysian: Creative Responses, Terrain.org, Reading the Future, Autonomy, Popshots and Banshee.

She lives in West Cork, Ireland.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith has been writing short stories, flash-fiction, essays and longer works the best part of  his adult life, occasionally dabbling in poetry. He is a voracious reader and loves films and whilst his work tends towards a strong, imaginative content, he has a philosophical outlook and a firm belief  in the ‘reality of fiction’. At present Nick is undertaking the final edit of his current novel which, whilst classed as fiction, does possess a semi-autobiographical element.

In 2013, Nick founded The pSoken Wrod, a monthly literary forum for authors, poets and song-writers to share their work and which takes place in de Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty. His story, Dead Language, won From The Well Shorty Story Competition in 2014. He is a regular attendee at the Clonakilty County Library Writers’ Group.

Moze M. Jacobs

Moze M. Jacobs plays with words and other wind instruments. Partly to earn a living. Born in Holland of Dutch/German extraction she has lived in Surrey, Liverpool, Belfast, and for long stretches in Amsterdam where she had her children. She moved to the outskirts of Clonakilty 22 years ago. Along the way she has been a journalist, radio maker, TV columnist, sax player, (sound) poet, translator, editor, collage artist, actress. She will soon publish a graphic novel set in the 24th century, “Terra to Titan”, part of an ongoing collaboration with a Dutch illustrator who lives in Berlin.

Moze has co-facilitated the Bespoken Word sessions in Clonakilty for the past 18 months. Sometimes from afar for wherever she plugs in her laptop is her home. Currently a digital nomad of no fixed abode, she has a temporary foothold in Cobh. Her overriding concern right now is the potential demise of the existing natural ecosystems (aka ecocide) on planet Earth.

Anne Barrett

Anne Barrett Skibbereen Speaekasy

Anne Barrett’s film Spring Cleaning, produced by Channel 4 &RTE in l986, launched her as a scriptwriter and dramatist following a period as a professional actor. Plays were produced by TEAM (theatre in education), Yew Theatre and by RTE and BBC4. Anne taught screenwriting at Ballyfermot Snr. College and worked on script commissions. Her feature Wild Horses received EU Media 11 support and collaboration with Emmy Award Director, Sturla Gunnarsson.

Her interest in design and environmental matters lead to a study of sustainable construction. Since moving to Kenmare, Anne has volunteered and developed projects with environmental groups and collaborated with cultural and environmental professionals. In 2016 she produced and co-wrote Kenmare Main Street, An Architectural Conservation Toolkit, a booklet on the architectural heritage of her adopted town.Her latest project is How Far West Can You Go? is a 75k memoir edited by Gillian Stern.

Anton Floyd

ANTON FLOYD

Anton Floyd Anton Floyd was born in Egypt and raised in the Cyprus. Educated in Ireland, he studied at Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. He has lived and worked in the Eastern Mediterranean variously as a teacher, school principal, artistic director and producer. He is now teaching in Cork City and lives near Inchigeelagh.

Poems are widely published and forthcoming in Ireland and elsewhere. He is a several times prize-winner of the Irish Haiku Society International Competition; runner-up in the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition and most recently received a highly commended in the Anam Cara competition. His poems were included in the anthology ‘Between the Leaves’ (Arlen House) and the anthology Teachers Who Write (ed. Edward Denniston WTC 2018).

He edited ‘Remembrance Suite’, a chapbook of sonnets by Shirin Sabri (2018) and an international anthology of poems, ‘Point by Point’ (2018). His own debut collection of poems, Falling into Place, was published by Revival Press (2018).

Rae McKinley

Rae McKinlay is a lover of story. She is an advocate of the mythos way of wisdoms and has traveled the Celtic Lands in her quest for story wisdom and inspiration. Though she loves the tales of indigenous peoples, Rae writes her own stories which are often rooted in nature and the old ways of knowing. She has just released her CD “She Who Spins Stories” and is near completion of her debut book “When Crow Was White”.

Maria Gillen

Maria works through the medium of Drama and Story Telling and has designed and delivered workshops on Building Resilience, Exploring Difficult Community Issues and Team Building in several environments including Healthcare, Post Prison Services, Corporate and Community. Through this experience she has developed creative tools that allow clients to view their issues from different paradigms where they often discover they themselves have the answers that are needed.

Maria has been exploring the Medicinal Story through her work as a Dramatherapist and Story Teller with Cork Yarnspinners. She has collected many delightful tales and wisdoms from Cork based Community work. Maria delivered workshops on the ‘medicinal story’ in Olomouc University in the Chez Republic and been a guest lecturer in UCC and NUIM. She co-developed a ‘Resilience Through the Creative Arts’ 12 week program using the exploration of story as a mechanism to contact and grow self resilience. She is very interested in what the enduring myths and legends have to offer the modern world in terms of wisdom. In 2018 Maria featured as an emerging storyteller in the annual Cape Clear Storytelling festival and is due to do so again in 2019. In 2018 she won the The Mick McCarthy All Ireland Storytelling competition in Finugue with a reimagined Irish Tale called Nancy May, she was also a featured teller at the annual Listowel Writers Week. In 2017 she won the Butter Road Storytelling competition in Blarney with an original story about the Butter Roads.

Maria Gillen 086-812 4938 BeanSceal@gmail.com  

Rude Judes

Rude Judes at Skibbereen Speakeasy

Judith Coffey scribbled for years but did nothing with her ditties.

Always one to support her friends and a serial volunteer of the Arts, she went along to the inaugural “Gab – Mixed Tape Night” in Coughlan’s, June 2016. Encouraged and enticed she finally read two ditties that October. Laughter and positive feedback inspired more writing and she is now a regular on their Set List. The Gab will be taking part in Cork’s Harbour Festival this June.

As part of Cork’s Midsummer Festival, Rude Jude will once again act as Host on the Crosstown Drift Bus Tour (nothing like a captive audience).

A resident of Cobh she regularly presents her poems at “Coliemore” The newly established ‘Cobh Readers and Writer’s Festival’ held their first poetry competition April 2019 and Judith was a Judge, also reading her poems at this Festival. Her observations of life are interspersed with humour and witticisms.

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