Joan McBreen

2017 Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies

University of Kentucky, Lexington, March 9 - March 11, 2017

2017 Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
Keynote: "Spiritual Dramas: W. B. Yeats’s Conflicted Remembrance of the Tragic Generation," Ronald Schuchard (Goodrich C. White Professor of English Literature, Emeritus, Emory University)

Poetry Reading with Joan McBreen (Galway, Ireland) and Heather Corbally Bryant (Wellesley College)

Reception with live music by Maeve and Brendan Draper

Reading with Patrick O’Keeffe (Ohio University), author of The Hill Road (Viking, 2006) and The Visitors (Viking, 2014)

May 1st 2015 - Connemara Mussel Festival : The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet perform music from The Mountain Ash in Connemara at 6pm in Church of Christ the King, Tullycross, Renvyle, Co Galway.

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet will perform all the music composed and arranged by composer Glen Austin for The Mountain Ash in Connemara album at The Connemara Mussel Festival. Throughout the concert this music will be interspersed with readings of selected poetry from the CD by Joan McBreen.

The Connemara Mussel Festival 2015 will take place from Friday 01st May - Sunday 03rd May on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.

The festival, now into it's 10th year will have professional chefs demonstrating the cooking of mussels and other local produce. The amateur and celebrity mussel cooking competitions are a major hightlight but there are plenty of other activities too.

Some of these are as follows:

  • Heritage walks with a renowned archaeologist
  • Dramatic presentaations and children's storytelling
  • Fly casting classes
  • A country market with local producers offering crafts and food
  • An exhibition of local art
  • Seafood Gala Dinner
In the evenings, there will be a variety of music available in the local pubs. The Connemara National Park is close by, as well as beautiful beaches and majestic mountains.

The celebrations will include mussel cooking demonstrations and competitions, walks, talks, theatre and family activities. There will also be a country market, an art exhibition, music and dancing, as part of the events taking place this May bank holiday weekend.

For further information:

March 21st 2015 - RTÉ Radio 1, The Mountain Ash in Connemara on The Poetry Programme

Rick O'Shea explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. We talk to poet Joan McBreen and musician Glen Austin as they discuss their recent collaboration with RTÉ Contempo Quartet on The Mountain Ash in Connemara CD. We also listen to tracks from the CD 'The Mountain Ash in Connemara' and find out about forthcoming performances. [A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.]

The Poetry Programme Saturday 21 March 2015

Poetry Reading 2014 - The Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney

The Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney is delighted to present a reading with poet Joan McBreen on 13 November 2014 at 5.45 pm

Joan shall read a selection of poems from her collections of poetry including The Wind Beyond the Wall (Story Line Press, 1990), A Walled Garden in Moylough (Story Line Press and Salmon Poetry, 1995) and Winter in the Eye - New and Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2003).

Venue - The Boardroom, Consulate General of Ireland Level 26, 1 Market St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Irish Consulate Sydney

US Reading Tour 2013 - The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Monday, October 7th
Samford at 7pm Ralph W. Beeson University Center, Howard Room

Tuesday, October 8th
BSC at 11am Harbert Auditorium Montevallo at 3:30 pm Comer Hall Room 202, Palmer Commons

Wednesday, October 9th
Miles at 10am Pearson 203 UAB at 6 pm Hulsey Recital Hall

Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Arts On Air from the 36th Clifden Arts Festival

Readings from the Seamus Heaney Memorial by poets & friends of the late Seamus Heaney recorded in the Station House Theatre on Saturday morning.

It includes festival director, Brendan Flynn, Des Lally, Eunan Gill, Dermot Bolger, Des Kavanagh, Bill Whelan, Bernard Farrell, poets Michael Coady, Mary O'Malley, Tony Curtis, Eamonn Grennan, Joan McBreen,Piper Fiachra O'Regan & violinist Zoe Conway provide musical interludes.

Broadcast Sunday the 22nd Of September.

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Arts On Air Sunday 7 - 8 pm 22nd September

US Reading Tour - September 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Woodruff Library - Emory University

Emory University, ATLANTA - Joan McBreen to Give Public Reading at Emory

Joan McBreen's Papers at Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

The exhibition text for Joan McBreen's (MARBL) Papers is available here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa, ALABAMA - Joan McBreen Poetry Reading

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, ALABAMA - Joan McBreen Poetry Reading

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

University of Montevallo in Montevallo

Montevallo, ALABAMA - Poetry Reading by Joan McBreen

Montevallo, ALABAMA - Event Details

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Emory University in Atlanta
6 - 7pm

Joan McBreen to Give Public Reading at Emory

Please also see the gallery section for some new photographs. Clifden Arts Week will host a function to celebrate the publication of these two books during this years Festival. Details to be confirmed.