Salons

What can poetry offer in these times of great turbulence and change? And what might it mean to live with a poetic quality as we learn to navigate the great questions and challenges of this age? 

The poetry salon gathers and connects people around the spirit in which poetry travels, as both balm and bridge to new ways of seeing, listening and being. 

Over the course on an hour, we read, listen, commune and converse with poems, probing into the meanings, mysteries and magic they may inspire or provoke. 

You are welcome to read a poem which has interest to you. Perhaps it was one you turned to for solace in a time of grief, or maybe it is one which fosters gratitude, hope, or a deeper sense of connection to the natural world.  If you’d rather come along and simply listen, that is most welcome too. And if you’d like to share your own poetry, it’s recommended that you attend one or two salons first, so you get a sense of the flow, tone and structure in which the poems are held. 

Salons happen in four week blocks, Friday evenings, 7-8pm Irish time. 

After each salon you will receive a link to a pdf with the poems from that salon. 

 

“Friday evening Poetry Salon mark a beautiful transition from the week’s work… to time for me, to spend in welcoming and creative company, led by the amazing Clare’ – Tim Santini, 2020.

 

Upcoming Salons:

September 2020: Friday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th.

Salons will also take place in Nov 2020, Jan 2021, March 2021

 

Support the Salon 

Poetry salons are offered on a donation based system.

Your contribution helps to keep them running, and enables me to continue to offer work out on a low cost or no-cost basis to those with limited financial means. 

 

‘My favourite hour of the week’ – Bill Hoffman

Inspired by the Salons of Europe- The Back Story. 

A number of years ago, living in Dublin city, I was longing for spaces and places to gather and listen differently, and see things anew. Inspired by the culture of literary salons across 18th and 19th century Europe, I began to imagine a new awakening of the salon culture- a social and cultural place where ideas, open minds, and conversation could convene. And so began a series of poetry salons in my living room, where I could put some of these questions to the test. Poets, artists, journalists, lawyers, psychologists, advocates, educationalists, campaigners, environmentalists, students, medics and musicians. I was eager to invite a cross-section of society which may not ordinarily meet. Poetry gave us that meeting place, close to the heart, which would open up discussion and connection. We talked about the intersections of love and nature, of grief and loss, of hope and happiness. Friendships were formed there, and something beyond the ordinary was seeded.

Since then the salon has travelled to my new home in West Cork, and to homes across Europe and the United States. Since March 2020, the salon has been taking place online, which has surprised us all with how intimate and beautiful it can be, even through a digital medium. We’ve have guests from all over the world connecting through the gift that poetry brings. 

 

‘Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate out hopes and dreams towards survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we give name to the nameless, so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock of experience of our daily lives. – Audre Lorde, from ‘Poetry is not a Luxury’, published in ‘Your Silence will not Protect You’, Silver Press 2017.