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Sunday June 23rd. 2019

Saint Michael’s Church
11.30 am
Ar Lorg Shomhairle/Tracing Sorley’s Footsteps: a film by Éanna de Buis, scripted and presented by Paddy Bushe. Somhairle MacGill-Eain/Sorley MacLean
was arguably the greatest Gaelic (Scottish or Irish) poet of the last two centuries. International in stature and scope, he nonetheless rooted his poetry, whether personal love poetry or internationalist left-wing political poetry, in his beloved islands of Raasay and Skye. This film traces his poems in the stunning landscape and seascape of those islands. It is subtitled in English throughout.


2.30 pm
Book Launch:
Agallamh Sa Cheo (Coiscéim) by Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin. Corca Dhuibhne poet Bríd Ní Mhóráin launches a new collection, a series of poems exploring multiple aspects of Cnoc Bhréannain (Mount Brandon), below which this Dublin-born poet now lives.


3.00 pm

The Anthony Clare Memorial Session

introduced and chaired by Jane Clare.

This session will honour the memory of Anthony Clare, the psychiatrist who, professionally and also through a wider media presence, touched the lives of many.

He also had a personal and professional commitment
to the arts which was evident when he visited his adoptive home in Waterville, a relationship with Iveragh which his untimely death tragically cut short. Today’s contributors will explore connections between creativity and mental wellness.

Kay Redfield Jamison is Dalio Professor of Mood Disorders and Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has a worldwide reputation as an academic, a writer, a clinician and a speaker on bipolar disturbance, including her own. She has a particular interest in the interface between mental wellness and creative art, especially poetry. Author of An Unquiet Mind and Setting the River on Fire, the recent acclaimed biography of Robert Lowell, she will today speak on “Creativity and Mood Disorders”. Kay will
be joined by John O’Donoghue, a UK writer whose father emigrated from Killorglin. He will read from his own work, which includes a memoir, Fools & Mad, and poems about his own experience of mental illness. Seán Sugrue, a local writer with bipolar experience, will introduce and show his filmed poem Isolation Island/ Super Me.

Waterville Community Centre
7.30 pm
Trì Chanain: from Scotland in Three Languages. In a welcome return to Waterville, the eminent Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail, born in Skye and now living near Edinburgh, will read in Gaelic and English, along with his wife Gerda Stevenson, who writes poetry in English and Scots and is also a wonderful singer of her own and other songs in those languages. Returning also is the poet Gerry Loose, now living in the Scottish island of Bute, who lived in Kilmackerin near Waterville for a number of years. A newcomer to Waterville is the poet Lorna Waite, and we look forward to welcoming her. No stranger to Waterville is the extraordinary piper and singer Ailean Dòmhnullach/Allan MacDonald, who will certainly contribute to a rousing end to our formal events.


Waterville Inn
10.00 pm
St. John’s Eve Bonfire and Open Mic – Don’t Miss It! St. John’s Eve bonfires were once common all over Western Europe, and are still common in some parts
of Ireland. It is a tradition which we hope to combine with an open mic for poetry, song, music and whatever you’re having yourself! Níl slí níos fearr go bhféadfá clabhsúr a chur leis an bhféile ná bheith linn ag an dtine chnámh seo. Bring a good voice and a good listening ear, and a warm jacket!