Poetry Day Ireland
Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday April 28th.
In order to celebrate the day, Longford Writers and the Lanesboro Poetry Circle will be reading a selection of their works from 4pm at Edgeworthstown Library. Special guest, award-winning poet, playwright and essayist Adam Wyeth will also be there on the day.
Adam Wyeth has three books published. His critically acclaimed debut collection, Silent Music (2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Adam’s second book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) contains poems from Ireland’s leading poets followed by sharp essays that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Adam’s third book and second poetry collection The Art of Dying was published with Salmon in November 2016 and was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year. His work appears in several anthologies including The Forward Prize Anthology (2012 Faber), The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword 2010) and The Arvon 25th Anniversary Anthology. Adam is also selected poet for the 2016 Poetry Ireland Review's Rising Generation of poets. Recently an excerpt from a new poem was selected for the Wild Atlantic Way Passport. The Irish Writers Centre has also selected him for this year's Cill Rialaig writer-in-residency.
Adam’s first play Hang Up, produced by Broken Crow (2013), has been staged at many festivals, including the Electric Picnic, Home Festival, Cork and the Galway Theatre festival. It was adapted into a film in 2014 and premiered at Cork's International Film festival and was staged last year in Berlin alongside his fourth play, Apartment Block (Broken Teapot Productions) who presented 'An Evening of Adam Wyeth' at Theaterforum Kreuzberg. His third play, Lifedeath was showcased at the Triskel Arts Centre mini-festival of new work in December 2013 and was named by the Irish Examiner as the play of the festival. It was also presented at University College Cork's Theatre Festival 2014 and Engage Arts festival, Bandon 2014. In 2013 Wyeth was commissioned by Cyclone Rep. to write The Poetry Sessions, a full-length play covering all the poets on the Leaving cert syllabus, which had a nationwide tour; co-written with Paula McGlinchey. He is co-founder with McGlinchey of Why on Earth Productions, which had its first production of solo-play Yoga For Beginners as part of the Scene & Heard work in development Festival at Smock Alley, 2016.