Dec 2019



It may well be the end of the year but not for the pSoken Wrod which is delighted to welcome to chair, well-known poet, Paul Mc Mahon. Originally from Belfast, Paul has lived in Prague, London, and Berlin and now finds himself resident-in-waiting in the heart of Clonakilty. His work has received accolade and literary merit in a variety of publications and awards throughout Ireland and further. Paul will bring his own unique flavour, direction and leadership to the pSoken Wrod for another exciting year with back-room support from Moze Jacobs and Nick Smith.

To finalize 2019 and complete another successful year there is a great line-up on December 10th. The featured guest is Mary Rose McCarthy, the well-known author of works of both non-fiction and fiction. Her evening’s presentation documents the unrecognized band of Irish Coastal Watchers who spent long, arduous hours during “The Emergency”, for months watching the coast in scantly-heated and barely furnished look-out posts that still can be seen all around the coast of Ireland. This includes the one at Galley-Head Lighthouse where her grandfather (and her mother as a child) were light-keepers. Towards the end of “The Emergency” her family witnessed the scuttling of a German U-Boat off the Galley Head and the arrival at the lighthouse of some of the survivors. Mary Rose has carried out extensive research into this jig-saw of local history and will present the fascinating story in her book-in-waiting.

Mary Rose McCarthy will be supported by two well-known guests. Moze Jacobs of Stand-Up Interview fame, will launch the English language version of her two-part sci-fi graphic novel, “Terra to Titan”, introducing the astronaut and scientific telepath, Raia Solanis (Gondwana, 2257) from Australasia. Also included in the book is a soundscape CD and a non-fiction epilogue outlining the origins of Raia Solanis who was born ‘in the ether’ between Berlin (Germany) and West Cork (Ireland). Moze M. Jacobs regularly participates in (international) art projects, (be)spoken word events, radio and environmental action as a writer/organizer and was also the very successful manager of the pSoken Wrod for the past two years.

Cork woman and Story Pilgrim, Rae McKinlay grew up in Glasgow and has travelled the Celtic lands extensively in her quest for story and is an avid fan of sequential story-telling. Her last article was ‘Rae’s Journey’ on which she worked with Andrew Dorkin of Artemis Fowl fame and was published in November’s The Big Issue. She is now one of Cork’s growing band of storytellers and has developed her own worlds of mythology in both word and picture.

There will be a couple of Stand-Up interviews and, together with an open mic’, it promises to be an action-packed and festive evening. pSoken Wrod is ever grateful to de Barra’s Folk Club, Cork County Council Arts’ Office and all who have supported in any way during 2019. See you for a glass of mulled wine on Tuesday December 10th, 8.00 p.m. and for sure, January, 2020.
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