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NEWS & EVENTS

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Reading with Kerrie Hardie @ Station House Theatre, Clifden Arts Festival
I’ll be giving a reading with Kerrie Hardie on Monday 20th September from 4 to 5 pm in the Station House Theatre as part of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival.
For booking, see here:  Booking Clifden Arts Festival & for the festival programme, see here: Clifden Arts Festival Programme
 
Online launch of Mute/Unmute & Annie Deppe's Night Collage
Poet Jane Clarke hosted the online launch of my Mute/Unmute and Annie Deppe’s Night Collage on Wednesday 30 June. Click on the link to see the YouTube video of this wonderful evening...Poetry Launch Reading with Geraldine Mitchell & Annie Deppe
 
Words Lightly Spoken
Click on the link to hear Geraldine Mitchell reads her poem On the Length of the Day, or the Night in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, from her collection Mute/Unmute, published by Arlen House...Geraldine Mitchell reads On the Length of the Day, or the Night
 
Launch of ‘Empty House: poetry and prose on the climate crisis’,
22 April 2021 at 7.30pm: Launch of ‘Empty House: poetry and prose on the climate crisis’, an anthology edited by Alice Kinsella and Nessa O’Mahony (Doire Press, 2021). I’ll be in great company reading at the livestreamed launch.
 
 
National Poetry Day

29 April 2021 at 09.15am: I’ll be joining poets Terry McDonagh and Anne Walsh Donnelly on the Tommy Marren Show to read some poems in celebration of National Poetry Day. Tune into the Tommy Marren Show on MidWest Radio (96.1fm) at 9.15am Thursday April 29th for Mayo Arts Services celebration of Poetry Day Ireland 2021. We will celebrate Poetry Day Ireland with poets Geraldine Mitchell, Terry Mc Donagh and Anne Walsh Donnelly who will read some of their poetry on the show. The theme of Poetry Day Ireland 2021 is 'New Directions: Maps and Journeys' or follow our social media to hear a recording post the show. (FB @mayo.artsoffice Twitter @MayoArtsOffice)

 

Strokestown Poetry Festival

Thurs. 29 April to Sun. 02 May: Strokestown International Poetry Festival 2021
An online anthology of poems will be shown at the following dates and times:

Thursday 29th April 8.00 pm
Saturday 1st May, 4.00 pm
Sunday 2nd May 7.00 pm

To book this and other (mostly free) events at the festival, go to www.strokestownpoetry.org

 

PREVIOUS NEWS & EVENTS

2021

Dublin Review of Books: Review
Review of Mute/Unmute by Dick Edelstein in the Dublin Review of Books, April 2021
https://www.drb.ie/essays/stalking-truth

The Irish Times Article
This article I wrote for The Irish Times gives some background to my new collection, Mute/Unmute, in particular to the central section ‘Such Silence She Fell Into’. Published Tuesday January 26 2021
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/to-remember-is-to-break-the-silence-geraldine-mitchell-on-mute-unmute-1.4464549


RTÉ Poetry Programme
I was interviewed by Olivia O’Leary for the RTÉ Poetry Programme about some aspects of Mute/Unmute. Also featured on the programme is Damian Gorman. RTÉ Poetry Programme - Sunday 28 February 2021
https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/11284907

Golden Fleece Award Anniversary
Here’s a link to a 20’ video to mark the 20th anniversary of my late aunt, Helen Lillias Mitchell’s award for visual artists and makers. I give some background to my aunt’s life and why she set up the Golden Fleece Award before her death in 2020.
https://www.goldenfleeceaward.com/news/1

2020

The Mayo News
Fellow Mayo poet Ger Reidy reviews my new collection, Mute/Unmute.
The Mayo News - Tuesday 15 December 2020
https://www.mayonews.ie/living/36249-waltzing-with-darkness

‘Late Trees’ – poem published in The Irish Times on Saturday 28 July, 2018

Review of World Without Maps in PIR no. 109 by Ben Keatinge

Review of Mountains for Breakfast by Dick Edelstein in Dublin Review of Book

Review of 'Mountains for Breakfast' by Nick Allen

Interview on Culture File, LyricFM re Lillias Mitchell and Golden Fleece

Review of 'Mountains for Breakfast' by Dawn Gorman in The Interpreter's House   (PDF of Review)

The Arts Show, Westport Community Radio: http://westportradio.ie/index.php/show/the-arts-show/

Poetry Day Ireland 2017, Radio Interview

'Alchemy in Killadoon': Interview with Ciara Moynihan

Jim Maguire reviews World Without Maps on Eyewear

Nessa O'Mahony reviews Of Birds and Bones in Trumpet

 
Éigse Michael Hartnett

Reading for Éigse Michael Hartnett - October 2020.
https://youtu.be/vv6xnfpZnzA

As well as reading at Éigse Michael Hartnett, I was invited to judge the Michael Hartnett Award alongside poet Tom McCarthy. After reading all 37 collections entered for the award, and much enjoyable and detailed discussion, we were delighted to find ourselves in agreement that Eva Bourke should be the 2020 winner for her collection ‘Seeing Yellow’ (Dedalus Press, 2018).

The Stinging Fly
Here I am reading my poem 'Island Life', published in The Stinging Fly, Issue 43, The Galway 2020 edition. I was very pleased this poem was accepted by guest poetry editor Elaine Feeney for The Stinging Fly’s special Galway edition. My work has appeared regularly in this great journal since 2008 and I am a big fan. https://youtu.be/L46aCIxxi1o

Books Upstairs

Ger Reidy, Sean Lysaght and I will be reading at Books Upstairs, Dublin, on Sunday 23 February at 3pm.
This is a Rowan Tree Reading organised by Eleanor Hooker and hosted by Books Upstairs. Along with the poetry, there'll be music by folksinger/songwriter Claire Watts and singer-songwriter Anne Rynne. Entry free, all very welcome.
 
Interview with Ciarán O'Rourke
Very best wishes to all for a peaceful and productive 2020 - in the meantime here is a nice interview by the talented Mr Ciaran O'Rourke: https://www.islandsedgepoetry.net/poets-a-z/geraldine-mitchell/
 
2019

12th Shorelines Arts Festival
19-22 September 2019
‘Surprise Yourself’ - poetry workshop, Saturday 21/09
09.30-12 noon, YouthReach, Abbey Street, Portumna
Admission 15 euro (max 12): phone Mary to book 086 366 3439

‘Folk on a Boat’
Floating poetry reading + music by Betty and the Baby Boomers
Sunday 22/09 3 pm
Portumna Castle Marina, then Lough Derg and the Shannon
20 euro (max. 35 on board)

Clifden Arts Week
I will be launching Ted Deppe's fabulous new collection Riverlight (Arlen House)
Sunday 29 September, Station House Hotel at 3pm

Dromineer Literary Festival

03-06 October 2019
Reading with Jane Clarke from Shirley McClure’s Origami Girl
Steeples Cafe, Nenagh, 10-11 am. No need to book.

Tertulia Bookshop
Westport
The Clew Bay Poets: a Reading with Sean Lysaght and Ger Reidy
Wednesday 02 October at 4pm

Lifelines - in aid of Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services - Blackrock Hospice
Sat 12 October, 8 pm, Quaker Meeting House, Pakenham Road, Monkstown
Writer and former TD Liz McManus introduces Geraldine Mitchell, Jane Clarke and Katie Donovan
who will read poems by the late Shirley McClure, as well as their own work. Panel discussion to follow.
Music by Eamon Sweeney and Cormac Breatnach
Admission 20 euro

Remembering Macdara Woods
A tribute evening
St Thomas’s Church, Dugort, Achill
Thursday, 01 August 2019
www.scoilacla.ie

The Clew Bay Perspective: Reading with fellow Clew Bay Poets Sean Lysaght and Ger Reidy
7.30 pm on Saturday 22 June. Music by Steve Cooney
Amergin Poetry Festival, 21-23 June, Waterville, Co.Kerry
www.amerginpoetry.com

Reading from the late Shirley McClure’s Origami Doll: New and Collected Poems (Arlen House, 2019)
Strokestown House, 11am Monday 06 May  
www.strokestownpoetry.org

Shortlisted for the 2019 Strokestown International Poetry Award
Festival 02-06 May 2019
Winners announced Sunday 06 May
All shortlisted poems are available to read on the festival website
www.strokestownpoetry.org

Reading at launch of the 2019 Strokestown Poetry Festival Programme
Thursday 18 April at 7pm in Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Sq East, Dublin 1

On judging panel for the 2019 Trócaire-Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition
Theme for this year: Land is Life
Closing date: Friday 15 March
https://www.poetryireland.ie
https://www.trocaire.org

Cork International Poetry Festival 19-23 March 2019
Poem ‘Making a Fist’ commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition.
Judge: Brian Turner
www.corkpoetryfest.net

School visit: St Brendan’s NS, Portumna
Friday, 08 March 2019

Come to the Cabaret! Celebrating 15 years of ‘Writing on Tuesdays’, a creative writing group led by Jean Tuomey.
The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Tuesday, 05 March at 8pm
https://thelinenhall.ticketsolve.com

 

2018
Finalist in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
with the poem ‘This Was Not the Deal’, which is published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2019.
www.aestheticamagazine.com

Write Now 2018 : Speed Dating for Writers

Lough Lannagh, Castlebar
Saturday 01 December, 2018

 
Evelyn Grant's Weekend Drive Saturday 4 August 2018
Poetry File with Geraldine Mitchell
Saturday 4 August 2018
 
In conversation with Mike McCormack
Celebrating Mike's big win in his home town
Sunday 19 August at 8pm
Louisburgh Town Hall
Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
 
Poetry Reading, Clifden Arts Festival, 18 September 2018
Poetry Reading with Joan McBreen, Geraldine Mitchell and Ryan Vine
Tuesday 18 September @ 2:30 pm, 
https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/event/poetry-reading-with-joan-mcbreen-geraldine-mitchell-and-ryan-vine/
 
Dromineer Literary Festival: 05-07 October
Judge of children's poetry competitions
Awards event, Saturday 06 October, 2pm
Lough Derg Yacht Club
Dromineer, Co Tipperary
 
Poetry Workshop
Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan, 
Nenagh, Co Tipperary
Monday 08 October, 10am-1pm

Poetry Reading in Barcelona: Poemame+Fired!

Thursday 18 October at 8pm
With Gemma Rabaneda
Cafe de les Delicies, Rambla del Raval, 47
(with thanks to Dick Edelstein and Jose Luis Regojo)

INISH:Island Conversations
In conversation:  Scrutable@Inish (with Seán Borodale & Vahni Capildeo)
Sat. 2nd June
Inishbofin
https://www.facebook.com/inishfestival/

Artisan House
Reading
Reading with Eamon Grennan and Joan McBreen, preceded by a discussion with visiting students from the Writing Programme, Wellesley College,
Tuesday 05 June at 6.15pm

Attic Sessions (#24)
In conversation with Jane Clarke
http://theatticsessions.tv/the-attic-sessions-24-in-conversation-with-jane-clarke-geraldine-mitchell/

Mind Has Mountains : Exhibition 
Town
Hall Theatre, Galway.

The College of St.Scholastica, Duluth, in Louisburgh - Wednesday 11th April
With Joan McBreen and Noel Monahan

3pm: Discussion with CSS students: ‘Poetry in Ireland Today’
4.30pm: Public reading in Books@One

Cuirt International Festival of Literature 2018

Mind Has Mountains : Exhibition opening by Dolores Lyne
Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Saturday 21st April at 4 pm
Artists Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams
Response to Geraldine Mitchell’s collection of poetry: Mountains for Breakfast
(The exhibition will run throughout the Cuirt festival, 23-28/04, and for a further four weeks)

Anthology Launch: ‘Reading the Future: New Writing from Ireland’ Thursday 26th April

By Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
6pm in Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dawson Street, Dublin

 

Launch of The Old Weird Albion (Penned in the Margins, 2017) by Justin Hopper
Reading with Justin Hopper and friends, The Chantry House, Steyning, Sussex
7.30pm Tuesday 1st May, the Gluck Studio, Chantry House
https://www.steyningbookshop.co.uk/event/the-old-weird-albion-with-justin-hopper-and-friends/

Cork International Poetry Festival, 14-17 February, 2018

Reading with Mark Roper
Wednesday 14th February, 2.30-3.30 p.m.
Cork City Library
www.corkpoetryfest.net

 

2017

Rolling Sun Book Festival, Westport: 17-19 November 2017 
Mind Has Mountains' Exhibition Opening, Friday 17th November 2017

Artists: Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina, Jane Williams responding to Mountains for Breakfast, a collection of poems by Geraldine Mitchell.
5.00 p.m., The Green Fuse Gallery, Westport

www.rollingsunbookfestival.com

 
Rolling Sun Book Festival, Westport, Saturday 18th November 2017
A reading by Geraldine Mitchell & Aoife Casby
2.00 p.m., The Green Fuse Gallery, Westport

www.rollingsunbookfestival.com

 
Rolling Sun Book Festival, Westport, Sunday 19th November 2017
Sunday Miscellany recorded live in Westport.

12.00 p.m., Westport Town Hall Theatre
www.rte.ie/radio1/sunday-miscellany

 

Friday 6th October, 2017:Geraldine Mitchell/Martin Malone/Martina Evans
Reading with Martin Malone and Martina Evans at Dromineer Literary Festival
8 pm

€12/€10 (concessions)
Nenagh Arts Centre
www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie

 

Tuesday 26th September, 2017: Geraldine Mitchell/Una Mannion
Reading and discussion chaired by Siobhán Garrigan

8 pm
€10
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
www.thelinenhall.com

Saturday 23rd September, 2017: Reading & Discussion: Geraldine Mitchell/Jane Clarke
‘Poetry and Landscape’, reading and discussion, chaired by Nessa O’Mahony
Bray Literary Festival
11.30 -12.30
€10
The Martello Hotel, Bray
www.brayliteraryfestival.wordpress.com

Thursday 14th September, 2017: Reading with Joan McBreen and Mark Granier
 Geraldine Mitchell/Joan McBreen/Mark Granier
40th Clifden Arts Festival
4.30pm
The Station House Hotel, Clifden 
www.clifdenartsfestival.ie

Saturday 9th September 2017: Interview with Eithne Shortall, 'Love in Row 27'
Books At One, Louisburgh. 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 7th September 2017: Invited to open an exhibition of paintings by Sean Hardie
The Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 17th  August, 2017: Geraldine Mitchell/Marian Kilcoyne/Caroline Healy: Books@One Festival
Books@One Festival, Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 August

Great programme over three days to celebrate Books@One's first birthday.
Opening event: Geraldine Mitchell/Marian Kilcoyne/Caroline Healy: 'Literature is dead. Long live literature.'
For full festival programme, go to:
www.booksatone.ie

Thursday 31st August, 2017: Geraldine Mitchell/Luke Morgan, Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin
POSTPONED: hope to be able to reschedule this reading soon!

Chocolate!
Delighted to be runner-up in the Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers Poetry Competition with my poem 'Figure of Eight'. Call in to your nearest Butlers Cafe on Thursday 27th April, National Poetry Day, to pick up a free Pocket Poem and a chocolate.

Friday 24th March, 2017:
Michael Longley launched my latest collection, Mountains for Breakfast, in the DLR LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. 

Michael Longley & Geraldine Mitchell, DLR, 2017Michael Longley & Geraldine Mitchell, DLR, 2017

 

Thursday 27th April, 2017:
National Poetry Day. Reading with John F. Deane on Mid-West Radio at 9.30 a.m.
Evening reading with Ryan Vine and Daragh Bradish in Books@One, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo at 7.30 p.m.,. (Ryan Vine Website)

Sunday 30th April, 2017:
Reading with John Murphy at Strokestown International Poetry Festival at 3.30 p.m. We will both be reading from our new collections: my Mountains for Breakfast and his fantastic The Language Hospital, published by Salmon.

Thursday 20th July, 2017: The Creel, Westport Quay
Geraldine Mitchell/John Liddy Music: Brian Parsons 
8pm @ The Creel, Westport Quay, Westport
Free

Organised by The Custom House Studios
www.customhousestudios.ie
   

Friday 28th July, 2017: Geraldine Mitchell/Elizabeth Reapy: Ballina Arts Centre
The Moy Sessions Vol.5, , Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina

8pm
Tickets €8/€5
www.ballinaartscentre.com

Sunday 30 July, 2017: Geraldine Mitchell interviewed by Breda Burns
Westport Community Radio @ 98.2fm
2-3 pm