Alice L and Alice N, from the production ‘Alice M’ by Guerilla Aerial. The production, which features a fusion of opera, aerial acrobatics and immersive design, is being staged as part of the Galway Theatre Festival 2016. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Aerial acrobatics meeting opera, a “multi-media mash-up” and an improvisation night in a medieval castle are among productions booked for this year’s (...)

Mick O’Dea paints a portrait of the American poet Robert Pinsky, as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A farmer’s life may seem an unlikely vocation for one of Ireland’s best-known artists, but it was once the planned career path for Mick O’Dea. The en(...)

Robert Pinsky: “There is a very active vital life of poetry in the US, quite contrary to the stereotype that all Americans are vulgar yahoos who don’t care about art.” Photograph: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe/ Getty Images

The term “poet-in-residence” suggests a leisurely period of domicile: a year at a university, perhaps, or a season in some crumbling mansion by the(...)

Portrait and landscape artist Mick O’Dea (centre) joined by some of the people he will paint for an evolving Kilkenny Arts Festival series, including (from left) actor Aisling O’Sullivan, Druid director Garry Hynes, actor  Derbhle Crotty  and Kilkenny Arts Festival director Eugene Downes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Kilkenny Arts Festival renews its classical focus in a new programme revealed today by festival director Eugene Downes. Dominated by the world’s l(...)

The Irish Farmers Journal announced Seamus Heaney’s Nobel win, in 1995, with the charming headline “Bellaghy Celebrates as Farmer’s Son Wins Top Literary Award”. Photograph: Pat Langan
The winning ways of literary awards
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  • September 27, 2014, 01:10

The Irish Farmers Journal announced Seamus Heaney’s Nobel win, in 1995, with the charming headline “Bellaghy Celebrates as Farmer’s Son Wins Top Liter(...)

Mad Men: the TV series has featured work by the wonderful American poet Frank O’Hara

Is this the consequence of an overly optimistic disposition or is poetry everywhere in recent times? Devotees of B(...)