Joan McBreen

Launch of the F.R, Higgins 'Father and Son: Selected Poems' 2013

Poetry Ireland

F.R. Higgins Mayo poet/Meath poet/ and Abbey Theatre director remembered in new book.

Arlen House in partnership with Poetry Ireland and the author’s relatives are celebrating the poetry of F.R. Higgins with the publication of his Father and Son: Selected Poems, to be launched in September in Dublin, Meath and Mayo and also being presented to the President of Ireland. Father and Son also serves to honour Dardis Clarke (1939-2013) who championed Higgins’ work – Dardis’s father was the famous poet Austin Clarke who was a close friend of F.R. Higgins.

Frederick Robert Higgins (1896-1941) was born in Foxford, Co. Mayo, he spent summers with his relatives in Higginsbrook, Co. Meath, and much of his working life in Dublin where he reached the position of Managing Director of the Abbey Theatre. Four of his books were published (‘Island Blood’; ‘The Dark Breed’; ‘Arable Holdings’; and ‘The Gap of Brightness’). In the 1930s he became a great friend of W.B. Yeats and worked with him on several poetry projects.

Dardis Clarke and Aidan Gray, a relative of the author from Higginsbrook, Meath, worked together to compile this volume. Joseph Woods, poet and former director of Poetry Ireland, has written a stimulating introduction honouring both F.R. Higgins and Dardis Clarke.

Three launches of the book will take place:
Higginsbrook House, Trim, Co. Meath – Sunday 8th September from 4pm.
The Abbey Theatre, Dublin City – Monday 9th September from. 5.30pm.
The Mayfly Hotel, Foxford main street, Co. Mayo – Tuesday 10th September from 7pm.

The 54th Annual Yeats International Summer School

Yeats International Summer School

Every summer, aficionados of the poet William Butler Yeats come from all over the world to enjoy two weeks of lectures, readings and theater in Sligo, Ireland, and to tour nearby “Yeats Country.”

The School takes place this year from Thursday 25th July to Friday 9th August. Joan is delighted to be attending this year.

Find out more about the Summer School
Programme for 2013

29.04.2010 - Poetry Ireland Reading

Poetry Ireland

Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers' Centre presents a reading with Joan McBreen and Kerry Hardie.

Venue: Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, D1

Podcast - Interview with Poet Joan McBreen at the Dublin Book Festival

Bernice Palozzi chats with Joan McBreen about her many published and reprinted works such as The Wind Beyond The Wall, The White Paper and Heather Island and discuss where the inspiration for the famed Irish creativty comes from. Play Now.

International Women's Day Poetry Reading

International Women's Day Poetry Reading Joan McBreen shall be reading with Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Louise C. Callaghan at the Dublin Book Festival to mark International Women's Day on Monday the 8th of March.
The International Women's Day Poetry Reading shall take place starting 1.30pm at The Irish Times Stage.

The International Women's Day Poetry Reading
The Irish Times Stage
Time: 1.30

Welcome to the Dublin Book Festival!

Organised by Publishing Ireland, the Dublin Book Festival will take place from Saturday 6th to Monday 8th March 2010 in Dublin’s City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th & Monday 8th March 2010

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