The Western Skyline Podcast – 02 June 2018

Arts and gig news, and two poems this week, with tracks from Alannis Morrisette, Adele, Blondie, Brian Deady, Freddie White, and David Bowie amongst others! Enjoy the sunshine; enjoy the show!
Web: karenjmcdonnell.com

 

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The Western Skyline Podcast – 19 May 2018

On The Western Skyline: The Silver Branch screens in Kinvara, news of two art exhibitions in New Quay & Ballyvaughan, a callout to young musicians for a new orchestral initiative in Galway, ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ – Yeats’ s play is being performed at Thoor Ballylee, Ennistymon Book Town Festival events, and news of the Galway Early Music Festival
Plus tracks by Fat Boy Slim, The Eurythmics, Erasure, Eric Clapton, Derek & the Dominos, Lynard Skynard, M People, Thompson Twins, Madness, and M C Hammer
Comments to @karenjmcdonnell karenjmcdonnell.com or kinvarafm@gmail.com

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 05 May 2018

A blend of World Music and the best of the Irish tradition, with theatre and art news, and a lowdown of what’s happening this bank holiday weekend at the Cuckoo Fleadh here in Kinvara. Plus poems with a cuckoo theme.
Music includes Ali Farka & Ry Cooder, Alain Stivell, Andy Irvine in collaboration with Paul Brady, Davy Spillane and a host of Irish & Eastern European musicians, Boubacar Traore, Clannad, and finale from De Dannan.
I really enjoyed putting this set together – I hope you like it!

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 21 April 2018

PLAYING TRACKS BY

Talking Heads, Big Country, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley,Blur, Howard Jones, Dire Straits, Billy Joel, Stockton’s Wing.

 

On The Western Skyline: a look at some of the coming events at the Cúirt literary festival in Galway. Gigs in Gort, Galway and Kilfenora. More news from the ‘Bosom Pals’ fundraising publication for www.breastcancerresearch.ie– an exhibition of Ruth Cadden’s illustrations for the book (see the image with this podcast c. Ruth Cadden).
Also, birthdays. And a haiku to mark Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 26th April.
Enjoy!

 

Poetry Month: keeping on keeping on

There’s quite a post waiting to be written about ‘The Year of the Book’.

This time last year, I had just submitted the final MS of This Little World to Doire Press, and was waiting for the first editor/writer discussion. It was an exciting time, and everything was so new. Well, it was my first book, after all!

And the new experiences continue … 

The new year was barely a week old when I received some invitations to take part in readings during the year ahead. In a way, it’s hard to believe that it’s April already.

This week I got news that I’ve been awarded a writer’s residency, I was invited to participate in the Wild Voices Writers Salon readings at Listowel Writers Week, and I was invited to be a part of the special Take Heart edition of spontaneity.com The edition links up with the Take Heart Pop Up Exhibition which takes place in Dublin on 10 May. More details of that here.  Images and signed books will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Congrats to Ruth, Angela, and all the organisers of this great event.

For such good news, my thanks go to Co. Offaly Arts Office, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, and Ruth McKee.

Finally – It’s Poetry Month! April 26th is Ireland’s Poetry Day.

On Thursday the 26th, at 4 pm, in Ennis Educational Centre we will announce the winners of the Every Child A Poet Competition – organised and judged by the Poetry Collective. I helped draw up the shortlist, so I’m looking forward to hearing the children read their work. We had an increase in entries from last year. It’s fantastic that the kids engage with poetry, and to see the support that’s given to the competition by their teachers and parents.

Before all that fun, I’ll be reading at the DeValera Library with other members of the Poetry Collective at 11 am. The theme this year is Poetry Without Borders: we will read poems by non-Irish poets, and works we’ve written about places & people encountered abroad.  The lovely people in the Library will supply morning coffee/tea, and everyone is welcome. What we REALLY would like is if you would also bring along a favourite poem to read.

Poets and librarians don’t bite – generally! You would be so welcome.

The Western Skyline Podcast – 07 April 2018

Tonii Kelly of Guaire Magazine joined me in studio today with an update on their children’s writing competition, and deadlines. Workshops have taken place during the winter and the closing date for the competition is 20 April. Full details and entry forms at guaire.org

Also on the show – news of ballet, theatre, gigs and concerts around Galway and Ennis, with more info on exhibitions in Kinvara.

Plus music from The Black-eyed Peas, Robert Palmer, Aimee Mann, The Script, The Beautiful South, Roxy Music, Rufus Wainwright, and Rickie Lee Jones.
Thanks for listening!

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 24 March 2018

 

The Western Skyline – slightly shorter than usual! The panic when the playlist didn’t open. But still, we got there in the end!

Arts news – Anne Korff at the Courthouse Gallery, a concert for Easter, audio of Robert Kennedy: Martin Luther King’s 50th anniversary is April 4th – we remember the event.
Also, music by the Rolling Stones, The Waterboys, U2, Tracy Chapman, The Pogues, Stevie Wonder, and Ms. Lauryn Hill
Hope everyone had a great Easter.

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 10 March 2018

This Western Skyline is all about The Mammy. Four poems this week, by Irish poets. And we play your requests for your mum. Plus some arts news, and wonderful classical music; instrumental and vocal.

The playlist includes Vivaldi, JS Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Elgar and Satie.
Enjoy. Hope you spoiled The Mammy!

 

#Poetry AND #Chocolate for Easter!

Loveens! Are you well?

And poetry lovers – did you have a nice World Poetry Day?

I’ve just been updating d’aul Writer’s CV. It never ends, the administration!

This time last year, I was working like mad on the final drafts of This Little WorldIt’s hard to believe that a year has gone by. And what a wonderful, creative, engaging year it has been!        I’ll write a bit more about that soon.

Sold another book today – always a nice event. There are just ten books remaining here in my literary HQ.  Doire Press have a couple, and there are also copies at the Ennis Bookshop.    Easter is coming up. What could be better than chocolate for Easter?   Poetry AND chocolate! Jus’ sayin’.

So, I’m still scribbling away.  I’ve put up a few reading events on the website; if you can get to any of them, it would be lovely to see you. I’m reading with the Poetry Collective at the DeValera Library in Ennis, next Thursday.  (The Library’s hosting lunchtime readings once a month.)

So, if you’re in Ennis doing the shopping, or just want a break from the office, why not come along and hear a variety of work at 1.00pm on 29 March.

If we don’t see you there – Happy Easter.

Remember … Poetry & Chocolate, Chocolate & Poetry!

‘This Little World’ – Made by the Blarney Chocolate Factory, Blarney, Co. Cork.

 

Putting myself on the Writer’s Block

I was delighted to be interviewed by Sophie Grenham of The Gloss Magazine. The result appeared online this week, and I’ve put up the link below.

It’s lovely to be asked questions about one’s writing. Answering them is another matter! As I said to Sophie, I hope I avoided being a git and actually made some sense. Questions are good, though; like the students in NUI Galway, they made me think a bit more about what I do, and why.

The most daunting question is, What’s Next?

I hope you enjoy the interview.

http://thegloss.ie/writers-block-with-karen-j-mcdonnell/

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