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Sunday, 24 February at 3.00 pm
Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Come along and hear poetry from the first three elegantly-produced poetry titles from The Irish Pages Press: a first outstanding volume by Ciaran O’Rourke, The Buried Breath; the bilingual Crann na Teanga/The Language Tree, by Cathal Ó Searcaigh, drawn from his previous 17 collections and translated by Paddy Bushe; and a long-awaited fourth collection of poems by Chris Agee, Blue Sandbar Moon, following his celebrated previous volume, Next to Nothing (2008).


Ciarán O’Rourke was born in 1991 and took a degree English and History at Trinity College, Dublin. He received a Masters in English and American Studies from Oxford in 2014, and is currently doing a doctorate on William Carlos Williams at his alma mater in Dublin. A winner of the Lena Maguire/Cúirt New Irish Writing Award, the Westport Poetry Prize, and the Fish Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared in a number of leading publications, including Poetry Ireland ReviewPoetry ReviewThe Irish TimesThe London MagazineNew Welsh ReviewThe Spectator, and Irish Pages.

Cathal Ó Searcaigh was born and grew up on a hill farm in Mín an Leá, Gort an Choirce, an Irish-speaking glen and Gaeltacht community in the northwest of County Donegal. The author of 17 volumes of poetry, three plays and four works of prose, he is a leading figure in the remarkable renaissance of Irish-language writing in our time. He is a member of Aosdána, and continues to live on the home ground of his parents.

Chris Agee is a poet, essayist, photographer and editor. His third collection of poems, Next to Nothing, was shortlisted in Britain for the 2009 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He recently edited Balkan Essays, the sixth volume of Hubert Butler’s essays. His fourth collection, Blue Sandbar Moon, has just appeared. He lives in Belfast, and divides his time between Ireland, Scotland and Croatia.