Chairperson: Sophie Gorman
“When the history of Irish poetry in the late twentieth century comes to be written, the name of Peter Fallon is sure to turn up everywhere.”
O’Shaughnessy Award Citation
“Declan O’Rourke writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever”
Peter Fallon and Declan O’Rourke join forces for a special evening of poetry and music. Described by The Irish Times as “the man who brought jazz and pizzazz to Irish poetry”, Peter Fallon helped to revolutionise the poetry scene, both through the Gallery Press, the publishing house he founded at the age of eighteen, and through his own poems, recently republished in News of the World, a selection of poems from The Speaking Stones, Winter Work and The News and Weather. Declan O’Rourke was a latecomer to the Dublin singer-songwriter scene. But in his mid-twenties he found himself in the mix with the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice and many other Irish singer- songwriters. His three albums to date have won praise from the likes of Snow Patrol and Kate Rusby and firmly established him as an astute songwriter and honey-voiced singer. Presented in association with Poetry Ireland.