An interview with me by the fine Australian poet Bonny Cassidy has just appeared on Australian Poetry. Bonny was one of Australian Poetry’s 2014 Tour of Ireland poets, travelled around this country last November and December. An account of her experience can be found here on RTE’s poetry programme. In the interview I discuss -among other things- the state of the poetry scene in my native Cork:
The very smallness of Cork promotes co-existence, or at least compression. I was involved in the second running of the Winter Warmer festival back in November, which is kind of an outgrowth of the Ó Bhéal reading series, One of our objectives with the festival was to bring the different poetry “tribes” of the city together. The Munster Literature Centre has long presented a fine poetry festival every February that tends to feature mainstream, lyric poets of the “page” variety. The Soundeye Festival is similarly long-established and focuses on more modernist or experimental work. And there are various slam, spoken word and performance events. But our goal was to combine people from those different milieus and I think it went reasonably well. Hopefully our festival will happen again next year. Perhaps that’s a little synecdoche of the scene in Cork. It seems to me that there’s a lot of cross-pollination here between once distant poetic worlds, especially among the age cohorts younger than myself.
My thanks to Bonny and Australian Poetry for the coverage. It was a pleasure to talk shop with this most intelligent and perceptive poet.