The Arts

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AE (George Russell) Sesquicentennial Seminar Dublin

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A.E. ‘WE’ O. U.

August 26 & 27 , 2017

A Sesquicentennial  Seminar honouring

the life and work of

That Myriad Minded Man*


10 April 1867—17 July 1935

* Title of Biography by Henry Summerfield  (1975)  

 will be held

Saturday August 26

Sunday August 27


The United Arts Club

3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2,  Ireland


To register your interest in attending the 

AE Sesquicentennial Seminar

please email 

Saturday  August 26 2017  
10. 00  Opening Ceremony 
Frank McNally                                                                          
10. 30  Dr Roisin Kennedy                                                         
11. 15    Break                                                                                 
11. 30   Dr Nicola Gordon-Bowe                                                
12. 30  Lunch
2. 00   John Donohoe                                                                   
3. 00    Liam Kennedy   

Sunday August 27 2017

9. 30  Registration
10. 00  Dr Deirdre Kelly
10.30   Adrian Frazier
11.15   Break
11. 30  Declan Foley
2.30 Oration at grave of AE


Attendance fee:  One Day Euro 20. 00  Weekend  Euro 35. 00


This event is sponsored by 


 'Bumpy Landscape with Bat' by Donal Adams Biomorphia: Surrealist Sligo Landscapes Showing in Drumcliffe

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“Biomorphia” an exhibition of work by Donal Adams at Teach Ban Art Gallery in Drumcliffe Sligo, runs from August 5th. There is also an opening on Saturday, the 5th of August at 4pm.

In this series of paintings, Donal paints semi-abstract landscapes inspired by the wild and urban spaces of the Northwest, and Sligo in particular. Several paintings are directly informed by Doorly Park, for instance, such as Dawn at the Edge of the Forest. (see below)

His paintings allow us to see a familiar landscape through a new lens- giving us an insight into how artists see the everyday world.

Donal Adams graduated GMIT in 2002 with BA in Painting and Printmaking. In addition to exhibiting his own work in Sligo, Galway and Dublin, he has worked as a graphic designer. His work 'North Sligo Landscape' was recently shown as part of Cairde:Visual in The Model Gallery.

                                                     Dawn at the Edge of the Forest
Winners of iYeats 2017 International Poetry Competition

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Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 iYeats International Poetry Competition. Judges Jessica Traynor and Billy Ramsell considered a large volume of entries.

Reflecting the truly global impact of the competition; the 2017 winner is poet Tammy Armstrong, Nova Scotia, Canada, for her poem ‘The Varying Hare’. The emerging winner for poets of 16-25 years of age is Cynthia Miller, Birmingham U.K. with her work ‘The Last Hour on the Flight Deck’. 

On the task of selecting winning poems the judges Billy Ramsell and Jessica Traynor shared that “It’s a pleasure to declare ‘The Varying Hare’ by Tammy Armstrong the winner of this year’s iYeats competition.

This is a special poem, one that manages to combine depth of ambition with deftness in execution, rendering, with enviable clarity, a crepuscular, fog-tinted milieu. Its uncanny, depopulated landscape is one readers are unlikely to forget as it leaves us ‘wrong edged’ and ‘thicket-blind’, lingering, despite ourselves, in the ‘animal time’ it so vividly conjures. In the Emerging Category,

'The Last Hour on the Flight Deck'
by Cynthia Miller stood out for us as an ambitious poem full of surprising and well-rendered details. From the air stewardesses who 'arch their feet inside boxy heels' to the dusk which 'siphons lavender shadows across the room', this is a poem which explores distance and dislocation through vivid, intimate imagery.”

Highly commended poets in the general category: ‘Ameratsu Hides Her Light in the Rock Cave of Heaven’ by Angela T. Carr, ‘Brooch’ by A.M. Cousins, ‘Mackerel’ by John O’Donnell, ‘Mole’ by Tammy Armstrong, ‘Observance’ by Edel Burke, ‘Road Salt Dome’, by Tammy Armstrong, ‘Samhain’ by Ingrid Casey, ‘The Farmer’ by Michael O'Connor, ‘The Quiet Ones’ by Alan Weadick, ‘Tigers In Leitrim’ by Roisin Kelly,

The iYeats Poetry competition was launched by the Hawk's Well Theatre in 2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats.  The iYeats Poetry competition is an online national and international poetry competition which has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges. 

Billy Ramsell & Jessica Traynor (2017), Previous judges have included Moya Cannon & Colin Dardis (2016), Peter Sirr and Catherine Phil MacCarthy  (2014).  Katie Donovan and James Harpur (2013). Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan (2012) Gerald Dawe & Enda Wyley (2011), Vincent Woods & Rita Ann Higgins (2010) and Niall MacMonagle & Mary Branley (2009).

The winning poems and videos of the winning poets reading their work is available to view on

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