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PLU Open Mic featuring Mary Noonan

PLU Open Mic featuring Mary Noonan

April 21 saw us welcome writer and professor Mary Noonan into the PLU fold! Here’s what we merry and mischievous monkeys got up to…

Mallory serenaded us with a scrumptious old American toon, followed by Thomas who’d pulled a sickie from work, and used it to write a delicious poem of gold and grey. VIRGIN Matthew, a friend and colleague of our featured reader, picked out his pieces in The Poetry Review (bravo!!) “Frogman” and “The Red Helicopter”. Ryan, wait, no it wasn’t Ryan…No-one tried to find a wife in Putingrad, and Amruta sought poems in the metro, then went beautifully corporeal on us with her piece on menstruation. René tried to make #ToplessThursday a thing again (funny how he doesn’t do that when he hosts) and read a completely innocent piece on dogs and ex film stars. Lara had to intervene between a friend and Emile the dead cat, and Mary Noonan was cheerily jostled aboard as our Featured Reader with pieces from her book “The Fado House”, which your host very strongly recommends (my favourite pieces being “Goodbye Sounds Like This”, “Learning to Name” and “But I Should Never Think of Spring”).

The hour when the dog goes home and the wolf comes out*

Round two saw Mary complete her set “Dying is hard” said the butcher’s wife”, Yasser got a little glauque with Paul Eluard, Amel turned up just in time, Ryan was lost at home, and Mallory scooped up the last drops of the evening. See you next Thursday!


*for the night is dark and full of terrors

There’ll be a doctor in the house on April 21 at the PLU Open Mic – our featured performer Doctor Mary Noonan! Sign-up starts at 8 pm we kick-off around 8.30 pm. Poetry, prose, music, dance, whistling, all forms of creativity and expression welcome.

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Mary Noonan teaches French literature at University College Cork. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Dark Horse, Poetry London, The Spectator and The Threepenny Review. Her first collection – The Fado House (Dedalus, 2012) – was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and the Strong/Shine Award. In 2014, she was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary. A pamphlet, Father, was published by Bonnefant Press in 2015.FREE IMAGE-NO REPRO FEE. Mary Noonan, French Department, UCC. Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

Also in 2015, she curated This Dust of Words, a poetry translation series in which contemporary European poets read with their English-language translators and discussed the process of translation:

“If a book is a house, then Mary Noonan’s first book of poems, The Fado House, is one inhabited by ghosts, speakers who are well acquainted with dark nights, lashing rain, and other causes of human suffering, but who return to the human realm to partake and revel in what the earth has to offer—the sensory wonders that fill Noonan’s richly textured lyrics.” Hilary Sideris

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