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Paul Perry announced as new curator of Poetry Now

Poetry Now at Mountains to Sea, dlr Book Festival

Friday 30th August – Sunday 8th of September 2012


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office are delighted to announce that poet Paul Perry has been appointed as the curator of Poetry Now at Mountains to Sea, dlr Book Festival.

The dlr Poetry Now International Poetry Festival has been a core strand of the Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office programme for the last sixteen years. It is highly regarded for its artistic excellence and has become the most anticipated event on the annual poetry calendar in Ireland. Previous curators have included Patrick Galvin, Conor O’Callaghan and John McAuliffe. The outgoing curator is Belinda McKeon, who curated the festival from 2008 to 2011.

In 2012 for the first time dlr Poetry Now International Poetry Festival will become an integral strand within Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. Poetry Now will retain the quality and variety that the festival is renowned for while introducing new audiences to poetry and providing them with enriching artistic experiences.

Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books of poetry including The Drowning of the Saints, The Orchid Keeper, and most recently The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance (The Dedalus Press, 2010) which Dermot Bolger described as ‘the work of a singular imagination.’ His work has appeared in the TLS, The Irish Times, The Best American Poetry 2000 and The Best Irish Poetry 2007. His translations include 108 Moons: The Selected Poems of Jurga Ivanauskaite and he is editor of the forthcoming Beyond The Workshop, KU Press 2011. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of The Year Award, he is a Lecturer in Creative Writing for Kingston University, London, and Writer Fellow for University College Dublin.


For more information or an image please contact:

Carolyn Brown, Assistant Arts Officer [email protected] or (00 353 1) 271 9532





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