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The Poetry Collective: Poetry Readings and Open Mic


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Poets participating in the reading include Karen J McDonnell, Jennifer Gray,  Patrick Stack,  Deirdre Devally, Amanda Jane Shannon. Song & Dance: Sean O’Dalaigh and Ashley O’Toole
Open Mic: Public

Over the past 34 years, the poets in the Poetry Collective have produced original anthologies, collections, translations, CDs, film poems, a sound archive and broadsheets; they have performed in numerous Irish festivals and events and broadcast on RTÉ and local radios; some have created and dramatised performance poems in local theatres and cafes. All the poets live, create and perform in bookshops and libraries in localities such as Kinvara, Kilrush, Ennystymon, Ennis, Scarriff, Killaloe, Mountshannon and Shannon; many also regularly read in Limerick and Galway.

On the day, the poets will offer an exciting and diverse experience with occasional music inserts, followed by an Open Mic at 2pm. Refreshments will be available from the Café until 2.30pm.

Free and all welcome. For further Information please email: Tel: 065 683 5566


Karen J McDonnell’s poetry and other writing has been published widely at home and in the US, UK and Australia. Her poems have won awards and appeared on several shortlists, including ‘Poem of the Year’ at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Karen has read her work at many festivals and on RTÉ Radio’s Lyric Poem, Sunday Miscellany, Arena, and the Poetry Programme. Her debut poetry collection *This Little World* is published by Doire Press.
She is currently working on her second collection. More at

Amanda Jane Shannon is a bilingual poet, singer-songwriter, recording artist from County Clare.  She has been performing since the age of seven and writing since the age of ten.  Dealing with disability and chronic illnesses after the loss of her husband to cancer in 2017, Amanda has leveraged this time in stillness and grief, towards creating sincere and delicate vignettes of her processes through song and poetry. Amanda is a recipient of the Glór mentoring programme 2023, and has featured in the Eat the Storms podcast in 2024. Focusing on the mythic qualities we can find in the natural world, Amanda investigates how words, frequencies and the reframing of our experiences has the power to heal.

Jennifer Gray is a Scottish writer living in County Clare. Her writing has featured in journals such as Neon, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and Glasgow Women Poets. Her work has been shortlisted for The Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition, The Scottish Mental Health Awards Writing Competition, The Cheshire Prize for Literature, and The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition. Jennifer works as a Copywriter and holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh.

Patrick Stack has published three collections so far, ‘Rage,’ ‘The Tenderness of Knives’ and’ ’The Parting,’with poems in English, Spanish, Krio, French and Arabic; he is currently working on his fourth ach ag scriobh i n Gaolainh seachas aon teangaeile. He has been a mainstay of The Clare Poetry Collective for many years. As well as local venues in the mid-west, he has performed at The Electric Picnic, The Belltable and The Lime tree Theatre. His work is honest, frequently passionate, occasionally described as ‘deliberately upsetting’ and challengingly surreal.

Deirdre Devally graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from UL in 2023. She was shortlisted in Fish Short Story Prize, had two poems longlisted in Fish Poetry Prize, 2024 and Short Memoir shortlisted in 2023. Other listings include Cúirt International Festival, New Writing and Highly Commended in The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. Her work appears in literary journals and anthologies including Trumpet 12; The Stony Thursday Book; Washing Windows Too; The Honest Ulsterman and more. Deirdre has received Literature Awards from the Irish Arts Council and an ‘Artist-to-Artist’ mentorship from Glor Arts Centre, 2023.

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