Really looking forward to doing a slew of poetry readings & events this month.
First up is Féile Londubh in Ashford. Check out the great programme of events www.feilelondubh.com 13 – 15 April 2018. On 13 April the free launch concert takes place after a workshop w/ Oisin McGann in the Mobile Library & a Fighting Words workshop . As well as trad group Perfect Friction and students rappers with Music Network, I’ll be introducing work of the Transition Year students of Colaiste Chill Mhaintain where I undertook a World Wise Global Schools series of workshops in association with Poetry Ireland WIS.
On Saturday 14 April @8pm I’m delighted to be introducing Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Ireland Professor of Poetry at a concert in Nun’s Cross Church ‘If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree’ who will be reading with the wonderful trad and jazz singer Aoife Doyle and musicians, Cormac Breathnach and Greg Felton. Booking now at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/feile-londubh-concert-if-music-and-sweet-poetry-agree-tickets-44522980433?aff=es2
Next up are three events for Poetry Day ( or week!) 23-28th April
- Monday 23rd April @ 6.30pm I’ll be giving a free workshop in
The Coach house, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 http://www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/poetry-workshop-with-nell-regan
- Thursday 26th April @ 7.30pm
Come to a reading and open mike in The Mermaid Arts Centre http://www.mermaidartscentre.ie/events/details/national-poetry-day
I’ll also be taking part in the wonderful @lablelit #PoetryDayIRL project – keep an eye out for luggage labels with poetry on them!
- Saturday 28th April 2pm I’ll be introducing and talking with poet Catriona O’Reilly as part of waywithwords.ie in Blessington Library.
2017 Book of the Year Irish Independent – Martina Devlin chose Helena Molony A Radical Life 1883 – 1967 as one of her books of the year in The Irish Independent on 24 December 2017 – in good company here!
Delighted to have a poem on p 100 of this cracking Ovid collection Metamorphic edited by Nessa O’ Mahony and Paul Munden which has just been selected by Joseph O’Connor as a book of the year in the Irish Times
Anyone who enjoys poetry would find much pleasure in Metamorphic, edited by Nessa O’Mahony and Paul Munden, a rich, generous, multitoned collection of new poems occasioned by the 2000th anniversary of Ovid’s death.
Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times Books of the Year https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/fiction-history-humour-emotion-the-best-books-of-2017-1.3311019
Really looking forward to talking about Helena Molony: A Radical Life at this years’ Dublin Book Festival. I’ll be taking part in the event ‘Ireland ‘s Notable Women’ in conversation with Martina Devlin along with Valerie Packenham on Maria Edgeworth and Clodagh Finn on Mary Elmes.
8 November, 8pm in Blanchardstown Library – the event is free but booking is advised.
For more information and the rest of the Dublin Book Festival programme see http://www.dublinbookfestival.com/category/news/welcome-2015/irelands-notable-women/
A cracking review in the Irish Indo July 9th by Damian Corless
“A new book delves into the life of Helena Molony, a bundle of contradictions who Maud Gonne hailed as ‘the most gallant and bravest’.
This important book tells the extraordinary tale of a true-life Wonder Woman who popped up again and again at pivotal points in the making of modern Ireland, a sort of Zelig with a cause.
Biographer Nell Regan has done a major service by piecing together the jigsaw of a dazzling life that featured more Byzantine twists and turns than that Hollywood bamboozler The Usual Suspects.”
There is a considered and lengthy review of Helena Molony: A Radical Life, 1883-1967 by Pádraig Yeates in July’s Dublin Review of Books.
” a book that has done more to rehabilitate its subject than anything else written over the past half-century.”
” There is no one better qualified to write her life than Nell Regan, who published what Senia Pašeta has described as “a pioneering biographical essay on Molony” in 2001. That was the fruit of a decade’s intermittent research and meant, crucially, that, in Nell’s own words, “I was lucky enough to be doing my initial research at a time when there were still people alive who had known her”, such as Francis Stuart, Louie Coghlan O’Brien and Finian Czira. She was writing about someone who was the proverbial handshake away and a poet’s insight made that link all the more palpable.”
In May, following on from the launch at Liberty Hall, there was a substantial review by Catriona Crowe in the Books section of the Irish Times,
“This first biography of Molony fleshes out our knowledge of this complicated woman and joins a number of other biographies of women activists during these years whose lives are being excavated by a new generation of historians of Irish women, building on the pioneering work of Margaret Ward’s Unmanageable Revolutionaries and Mary Jones’s These Obstreperous Lassies, published in 1983 and 1988. The decade of centenaries has brought a welcome focus on women involved in feminism, nationalism, militarism, pacifism and socialism during the period.”
Delighted to have a piece in this broadcast about the first commemoration of Easter 1916. Great timing as it was also the weekend of the launch of Helena Molony: A Radical Life in Liberty Hall.
You can listen to the podcast here
Putting Helena Molony back centre-stage in Irish history
Nell Regan on her challenging but rewarding struggle to piece together the fascinating but overlooked life of a radical nationalist, feminist, trade unionist and actor…
Really looking forward to reading in Ashford, Co Wicklow with James Mahon on flute and uileann pipes. Launch of Féile Londubh, free and all welcome this Friday!
Feile Londubh Launch: Poetry Reading & Music Tickets, Fri, 28 Apr …
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Eventbrite – Alchemy Music presents Feile Londubh Launch: Poetry Reading & Music – Friday, 28 April 2017 at Ashford Heritage Centre, Ashford, County
All welcome – come along on 3pm, 28 April to Liberty Hall to launch Helena Molony A Radical Life 1883-1967 off into the world.
Delighted that it is taking place in Liberty Hall 100 years on from the date Molony, Rosie Hackett & others marked the first anniversary of the Rising so dramatically. Her name seems to be cropping up all over the place this month between One City One book Echoland and the 1917 Rising anniversary.