Muldoon’s Picnic, Poets on Tour
Poet Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant lead a star-studded literary and musical tour of Ireland. Launched on 15 June at the Abbey Theatre, the tour is presented by Poetry Ireland, and featured guests include Kevin Barry, Eavan Boland, Paul Brady, Lisa Dwan, Anne Enright, Martin Hayes, and Duke Special.
Hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, Muldoon’s Picnic has been described by Muldoon himself as “an omnium-gatherum” of words and music and byTime Out as a “music-and-literature extravaganza”. Either way, it’s a great night out!
Rarely staged outside its home at the Irish Arts Centre in New York, Muldoon’s Picnic will be on tour from Saturday 26 August – Sunday 3 September 2017, with dates in Navan (26 Aug), Galway (29 Aug), Cork (31 Aug), Carrick-on-Shannon (1 Sep), Belfast (2 Sep) and Dublin (3 Sep).
On each night of the tour Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant (including Cait O’Riordan of The Pogues, Chris Harford and Ray Kubian) will be joined by special literary and musical guests, including Kevin Barry, Eavan Boland, Paul Brady, Lisa Dwan, Anne Enright, Martin Hayes, Jennifer Johnston, Michael Longley, The Lost Brothers, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Patrick McCabe, Lisa McInerney,Sinéad Morrissey, Paul Murray, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Declan O’Rourke, Camille O’Sullivan, and Duke Special.
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath
Saturday 26 August, 8pm
Tickets €16/€14 www.solsticeartscentre.ie
Hosted by Paul Muldoon and house band Rogue Oliphant with Booker Prize winner and Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright, The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó Lionáird and award-winning poet Michael Longley.
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Tuesday 29 August, 8pm
Tickets €20/€18 www.tht.ie
Hosted by Paul Muldoon and house band Rogue Oliphant with singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke
Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03