Poetry Reading with Gerard Smyth
Thursday 9th March, 7:30pm | Free Admission | Level 3 Gallery
Irish poet Gerard Smyth reads excerpts from his new book 'The Yellow River' as part of the associated events programme for the exhibition, a collaboration between Smyth & artist Seán McSweeney.
The Yellow River is a tributary of the Blackwater (Kells), which joins the Boyne at Navan, County Meath that unites the personal histories of poet Gerard Smyth and artist Seán McSweeney. Gerard Smyth spent many summers in Meath staying with his grandmother and an aunt, whilst originally Sean McSweeney’s family lived in Clongill until the untimely death of his father.
Over the last two years Gerard Smyth has been revisiting Meath in further inquiry with Belinda Quirke, Director of Solstice, in the development of a new suite of poems, recollecting and revisiting significant sites of occurrence in the poet’s and county’s history. Seán McSweeney has created new work from recent trips to his father's homeplace and the county. McSweeney here responds lyrically to particular sites of Smyth’s poetry, whilst also depicting in watercolour, ink, tempera and drawing, the particular hues of The Royal County.
Exhibition curated by Belinda Quirke with Seán McSweeney