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Sunday, January 06, 2008

First North Beach Poetry Nights of 2008. Guest Poet: Jarlath Fahy

North Beach Poetry Nights' first 2008 Slam Upstairs at Richardsons. Nr1 on Eyre Square.

Thursday January 17th at 9. 15 pm

MC: Kevin Higgins

Guest Poet: Jarlath Fahy whose first collection The Man Who Was Haunted By Beautiful Smells was published in November 2007 by WordsontheStreet.

Jarlath Fahy joined the Focus Theatre Group in 1984 where he studied the Stanislavski Method of Acting under Deirdre O'Connor. From acting and directing with Focus he relocated to Berlin where he joined the Berlin English Language Theatre. On his return to Ireland he got involved with the Gung Ho Theatre Company at The King's Head, Galway staging Lone Star and with the Taboo Theatre Company, touring with Willy Russell's Stags and Hens. When a student in NUIG his poetry appeared in Criterion, the Arts Society Magazine and in Outlet, the journal of the Philosophical Society. He completed a poetry masterclass with Ian Duhig and his poetry has since been published in Crannóg Magazine, WOW! and in the collection during which nothing happens – the Writers Writing Live event of Galway's Project '06 Festival.

He is a dramatic reader of his work and has read at the Voices from The Tower lunchtime readings in Galway's Fisheries Tower and at an Over The Edge Reading in Galway City Library and other venues. He has been compared to both Paul Durcan and Pat McCabe for his darkly comic content and to ee cummings for his typographical style. He is a native of Tuam Co Galway. The Man Who Was Haunted By Beautiful Smells is his first published collection.

The winner of the 2-round Slam will go forward to the 2008 North Beach Grand Slam in December 2008. Prize for the Grand Slam Winner is publication of a collection of her/his work. Admission 5 Euro.

North Beach Poetry Nights gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council Arts Office. info: john walsh @ 091-593290