Madeleine D’Arcy & Nithy Kasa

Time and date

Thursday 14 July 2022

5:00 pm

Location

Bantry Library

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In this event we are delighted to present two new publications from Doire Press. We are joined by Madeleine D’Arcy with Liberty Terrace, her collection of short fiction, and Nithy Kasa with her debut poetry collection Palm-Wine Tapper and the Boy at Jericho. This event will be chaired by poet and Cork County Council Writer in Residence Matthew Geden.

Admission: Free

Liberty Terrace is Madeleine D’Arcy’s second collection of short fiction. These linked short stories feature a bevy of characters who reside in a fictional area of Cork City from 2016 to 2020. The inhabitants of Liberty Terrace come and go, and their lives occasionally intersect in stories that are sometimes funny, sometimes dark, often both. The cast of characters includes retired Garda Superintendent Deckie Google, a young homeless squatter, the mother of an autistic child working part-time as a Census Enumerator, the dysfunctional Callinan family, an aging rock star, a trio of ladies who visit a faith healer, a philandering husband, as well as a surprising number of cats and dogs. These stories shed light on how we lived before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, on what we care about and on what, if anything, we can truly count on.

 

Palm-Wine Tapper and the Boy at Jericho is Nithy Kasa’s debut poetry collection. A country girl who grew up with storytelling around fires in D.R. Congo, the collection is a reflection of that. Poems inspired by the tales from her land, it shares her culture, the joy she finds in it, the memories she hold on to remain close to home. Page poetry with a touch of the contemporary spoken style of her era, she uses evoking descriptive images to bring the scenes to life to those who this reality maybe foreigner. Having moved to Ireland in 2005, she gives a glimpse of the journey, what it took, and what was found when she got here. The title poem was commissioned by Poetry Ireland, with the support of an Arts Council of Ireland Commission Award.

 

 

Doire Press, a small award-winning publisher based in Connemara, publishes high-quality Irish poetry and short-story collections with an emphasis on emerging writers. Founded by Lisa Frank and John Walsh, it started officially in 2010 and has quickly established itself as one of the most notable small presses in Ireland.

 

Writers

Madeleine D’Arcy

Madeleine D’Arcy’s debut short story collection, Waiting For The Bullet (Doire Press, 2014), won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015 (UK). In 2010 she received the Hennessy Literary Awards...

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Nithy Kasa

Nithy Kasa was born in Kimpese, a town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2005, the teenaged Kasa moved to Galway to live with a relative. A poem she...

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Matthew Geden

Matthew Geden was born and brought up in the English Midlands, moving to Kinsale in 1990. His work has been featured in many anthologies, journals and magazines. He has published...

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