Diary Dates/Events



Saturday 17 February 2018

Seven Sisters Reading – inspired by FIRED!

Venue: The Record Break Café, Market St. car park, Ennis

Time:   1.00pm


Saturday 03 March 2018

The Ennis Book Club Festival

‘Clare Voices’ – Readings

Venue: The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Time:   2.00pm

Also, Readings by The Poetry Collective

Venue: The Record Break Café, Market St. car park

Time:  3.15pm onwards



Friday 9 February 2018

Over the Edge Showcase – Writing published in 2017

Venue:  Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway

Time:    6.30pm


Monday 29 January 2018

Highflautin’ at the Liquor Rooms

Venue: The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay, Dublin

Time:   7.30pm


Tuesday 23 January 2018

Launch of the Ennis Book Club Festival

Venue: Temple Gate Hotel

Time:    12.30pm


Sunday 10 December 2017

Reading poetry for Christmas, and from This Little World.

Venue: The Ennis Book Shop, Abbey St., Ennis

Time:   1.30pm

Saturday 11 November 2017

Leaves Literary Festival – organised by the Arts Office, Laois Co. Council.

Venue:  Emo Court, Co. Laois

Time:    3pm

Monday 09 October 2017

Ó Bhéal – MC Paul Casey

Venue: The Hayloft   Winthrop Street, Cork City

Time: Ah sure, come at 8.30pm for all the craic –  we’ll be reading around 10pm!

I’m a featured reader alongside the American poet, Tamara Miles.


Thursday 28 September 2017

An Evening of Music and Readings

Venue: The Aula Maxima, National University of Ireland, Galway

Time:   7 pm

Thrilled skinny to have been invited to be a part of an evening of music from ConTempo Quartet and readings from the students of the MA in Writing. I can’t wait to hear the results of a year’s collaboration at d’aul Alma Mater!

Saturday 23 September 2017

Che Do Bheatha Festival, Kilkee

Venue:  The Sweeney Library, Kilkee

Reading and Open Mic with the Clare Poetry Collective – at what has to be the best-named festival – EVER.   (Deserving of a fine bowl of chowdah, aftah!)

Friday 22 September 2017

CULTURE NIGHT – Reading with the Clare Poetry Collective

Venue:  De Valera Library, Ennis

Time:    5pm

Reading a selection of poems. We also invite you to read yours – or a poem  that you happen to like!


CULTURE NIGHT – Reading with Eleanor Cummins, in the company of books!

Venue:  The Salmon Bookshop and Literary Centre, Ennistymon

Time:     7pm

Reading some poems, and looking forward to hearing Ellie’s work.


Wednesday 13 September 2017 

Clifden Arts Festival

Doire Press Readings – with writer Martin Malone

Venue: Clifden Library

Time: 4.00pm

I’ll be reading poems from This Little World (Doire Press, 2017), and Martin will be reading fiction.


Wednesday 19 July 2017

West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork

Venue: Bantry Book Shop, William St., Bantry     Time: 11.30am

I will be reading from my poetry collection This Little World (Doire Press, 2017).                       I look forward to your company, and this wonderful festival!


Wednesday 12 July 2017

Utter Word – MC Aoibheann McCann

Venue: Oranmore Library   Time: 7.30pm

Doire Press:  Readings & panel discussion.                                                                                           With Lisa Frank from Doire Press, and writer Celeste Augé

Followed by an Open Mic

Tuesday 4 July 2017

‘On the Nail Literary Gathering’ with Limerick Writers’ Centre.

Venue: Chez le Fab Café         Time: 8pm

I will be reading with Terry McDonagh, and signing copies of THE BOOK, of course!!


Saturday 1 July 2017

The Ennis launch of This Little World takes place at 1pm at the Record Break Café – that great place for coffee … where the Poetry Collective and their gang like to hang out. Also on the bill will be music and poetry from Mike & Austin Durack.

And sure, there’ll be a few books for sale too!

Thursday 29 June 2017

The ‘Over the Edge Writers’ Gathering’ is being held in The Kitchen at Galway’s City Museum at 8pm. I’ll be reading from This Little World.  If you can come along, it would be great to see a friendly face. Pass it on!

Saturday 17 June 2017

This Little World cover
Cover for This Little World © Karen J McDonnell & Doire Press

Join me and Lisa & John from Doire Press for the launch of my first poetry collection This Little World, at  1pm in the Galway Arts Centre on Lr. Dominick Street in Galway.

There’ll be wine, a few poems read, and books signed! Everyone is welcome.


27 April 2017 National Poetry Day

Venue: De Valera Library, Harmony Row Ennis         Time 1pm

I will be reading with others members of the Poetry Collective at the Library’s lunchtime event. Please come along, and bring one of your favourite poems to read for us. It’s your Poetry Day too!

There will be a special Poetry Day Open Mic at the Record Break Café at 7.30pm that evening. Everyone welcome.


Friday 3 February 2017

I’m reading at February’s poetry slot at the Record Break Café in Ennis.

Door open at 7.30pm with poetry is from 8-9pm, followed by music from Pele, a local musician and a pal of my sister’s as it happens!

This time, I’m delighted to be joined by Limerick poet & playwright Mary Coll, who will be reading from her new collection, Silver. Join us for what promises to be a great evening.

And remember, Sinéad makes great coffee!

Saturday 21 January 2017

Reading at the Open Mic at Shannonside Winter Music Festival in Bunratty.

The first poetry event in the festival is Cork’s spoken event, ÓBhéal, on tour – with Paul Casey as MC. It promises to be a great evening of guest readings, open mic, and for me … my first attempt at the Ó Bhéal five word challenge!


Saturday 7 January 2017

I’d a great day in Galway at the #Herstory Nollaig na mBan Open Mic.

The Open Mic © Karen J McDonnell
The Open Mic
© Karen J McDonnell

The event was hosted at the Cornstore by Galway2020 who not only provided a great – still festive – space, but also coffee, biccies and buns. Thanks, Nollaig and the gang!

See the main page for the full blog.


Saturday 8th July 2016

ESF Poetry Breakfast at the Record Break Café , Ennis.

Join the Poetry Collective for coffee and poetry at 11am.

The Record Break Cafe
The Record Break Cafe


Friday 4th December 2015

Burren College of Art ©Discover Ballyvaughan.com
Burren College of Art ©Discover Ballyvaughan.com

I will be reading poems with writer Frank Golden and students of the Burren College of Art at 8pm this evening, here in Ballyvaughan.

A fire and candles will be lit in the old tower and we will swap themes in poems and prose. There really should be a great atmosphere in such an interesting venue.


Wednesday 11th November 2015

© White House Poets
© White House Poets

Looking forward to meeting new friends and reading old and new work at the weekly White House Poets gathering.  There will also be an open mic.  https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouseLimerickPoetry/

Time: 9pm   Location; The White House Pub, 52 O’ Connell Street, Limerick.

Saturday 5th September 2015

Wild Atlantic words

Looking forward to a return trip to the Beara Peninsula. I’ll be reading at 6 pm at the Sarah Walker Gallery with the other prizewinners.

Saturday 11 July 2015

Door - Bethlehem C. Karen McDonnell
Door – Bethlehem
C. Karen McDonnell

Laura Mulcahy is hosting a Teeny Tiny Arts Fest in aid the Irish Pal Fest, next Saturday, 11 July in Ballymacahill, Ennis.

The Clare Poets will be reading from 6-8pm. I will read from Unsettled, A West Bank Journal.

Please support this cause.

Friday 1 May 2015

The Record Break Cafe
The Record Break Cafe

I will giving a poetry reading in the Record Break Café, Lower Market, Ennis at 8pm on May 1st.

Thanks to Sinéad for the invitation to her great space.

Come along and keep me company, have a coffee, and listen on to more poetry from Donal, and music afterwards.


Friday 6 March 2015

I will be reading with The Poetry Collective in Glór Theatre & Gallery, Ennis at 6.30pm

The readings are in conjunction with an art exhibition ‘To be or nought to be’  – the result of a collaboration between poets from Clare and artists who responded to specific poems. Nearly a year in the making, it’s fantastic to see the final results.

For a preview, see the webpage of artist Carmel O’ Doherty, w ho coordinated the project with poet Patrick Stack.

All are welcome to Glór on Friday!


Saturday 4 May 2013

My first gig as a featured poet –  at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. I read with the poetic force of nature that is Sarah Clancy and met her for the first, but not the last time.  Grateful always to John Kenny and Martin Dyar for setting me on the path.