Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Moloch showcase update

An Evening of Poetry and Music

We are pleased to announce that Noel Harrington will also be joining us tomorrow night, July 31st, to read at the Moloch showcase.    

The showcase will start at 7pm, in The Winding Stair, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.  We will have music and poetry from a few of our lovely talented crew, namely Kevin Higgins, Alan Jude Moore, Noel Harrington, Stephen Kelly, and The Perfect Consonants. 

Drinks, cake, poetry, and music are all free but we do encourage you to leave a small contribution (if you can) so we can afford to bring you more nights like this, and more editions of the journal.

A recap of the line up

Kevin Higgins will be joining us from Galway. Kevin’s first collection of poems, The Boy With No Face, was published in February 2005. The collection was shortlisted for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet. The Boy With No Face was Salmon Poetry’s bestselling book of that year and has recently been reprinted. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published this year.

“His is a committed, engaged poetry, shot through with both humour and melancholy.”

– Juliet Wilson, in New Hope International Review.

Alan Jude Moore is a Dubliner whose poetry has been published in a wide range of journals here and abroad, including Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Kestrel (USA), Jacobs Ladder (USA), Pelagos (Italy) – and, of course, Moloch. He took part in the Poetry Ireland Introductions readings in 2001.

Alan’s collection, Black State Cars, was published by Salmon Poetry, and was the recipient of a Salmon Poetry Publication Prize for a first collection.

 "What is necessary is to seek new forms and new language to express new ideas and experience. Moore is doing so, and that is what makes Black State Cars an important and essential collection."

- Michael S. Begnal, in Poetry Ireland Review.

Noel Harrington lives in Tulla, Co Clare. The White House Poets published a chapbook of his poems 'Trio' in 2007. He has also been published in The Stinging Fly, Revival,, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannóg and the joint Limerick/Newcastle publication, Two Rivers Meet. A prose piece was short-listed for the Flosca Short Story Prize, appearing in the 2008 Anthology, and another was published by Mike Scott on the Waterboys website. He has been writing a novel for five years now and will let you know when it's finished.

Stephen Kelly is a talented poet and songwriter from Drimnagh, Dublin. He has been published in Watermarks and entertained the masses with wonderful readings in a variety of Dublin venues. His poem 'Ladybird' featured in the first issue of Moloch. One of his songs 'David' is currently featured on the Moloch myspace pages

The Perfect Consonants consist of Mark Noonan, Darran Kelly and Aoife McGrane. The band have been writing and playing songs together for the past two years. The Moloch night will be their last blast for the summer season. You can download a couple of their songs at

Mark's series of City poems makes an appearance in the current issue of Moloch, while Darran's plays have been hailed by Irish play-writing legend Frank McGuinness

 "that rarest of theatrical joys - the real thing!"

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