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Programme Launch 7pm, Friday September 8
With a poetry reading by Mark Roper - at Nenagh Arts Centre
Dromineer Literary Festival October 6-8 2017
We are delighted that Mark Roper will give a reading from his forthcoming collection Bindweed (Dedalus Press) at a cheese and wine reception to launch the 2017 Dromineer Literary Festival programme.
The event takes place at Nenagh Arts Centre, Friday September 8, at 7pm. All welcome. For full details of the 2017 Dromineer Literary Festival, please visit our website at http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie/...
Mark Roper was born in Derbyshire, England in 1951. He moved to Ireland in 1980. His collections include The Hen Ark (Peterloo, 1990), which won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection; Catching The Light (Peterloo, 1997); and The Home Fire (Abbey Press, 1998). Reviewing the latter for
The Irish Literary Supplement, Bill Tinley described Roper as “one of the most accomplished and engaging poets writing in Ireland at present.”Whereabouts was published in 2005 by Abbey Press & Peterloo; Even So: New & Selected Poems by Dedalus Press in 2008.
His latest collection, A Gather of Shadow, Dedalus 2012, was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2013 and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. A new collection, Bindweed, is due to be published by Dedalus in autumn 2017.
The River Book: A Celebration of the Suir, a collaboration with photographer Paddy Dwan, was published in 2010. A second collaboration with Paddy Dwan, The Backstrand, was published in 2013. The pair are currently at work on a book about the Comeragh Mountains, to be published in 2018.
The Invader, an opera composed by Eric Sweeney to a libretto by Mark Roper, was premièred in Ireland in May 2014. A second opera from the pair, The Green One, received its premìere in October 2016.
Mark has also worked on many other collaborative ventures, including projects with photographer Margaret O’Brien-Moran, painter Susan Hughes and choreographer Libby Seward.
Mark was Editor of Poetry Ireland for 1999. He was the recipient of Arts Council Bursaries in 2010, 2013 and 2016. A highly experienced Creative Writing teacher, Mark has run courses and workshops in many different settings, including schools, prisons, and senior citizen centres. From September 2002 to May 2003 he was writer-in- residence at Waterford Regional Hospital. Since 2004, he has been a poetry mentor for the MFA in Creative Writing graduate program of Carlow University, Pittsburgh, a dual residency program in the U.S. and Ireland.