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John Liddy /
Geraldine Mitchell

Music: Brian Parsons

Thursday 20 July 8.00pm, free

The Creel, Westport Quay

Geraldine Mitchell  Mountains for Breakfast, (Arlen House, 2017)


Geraldine Mitchell’s work is characterised by a rare quality of attention and subtlety. Her images are deft and precise — ‘the road runs with braided water’. In many of her poems she successfully evokes the contradictions which we experience every day of our human lives. Understatement is one of her most powerful tools. In her latest collection she brings us down the long corridor of loss and she heralds the return of light, often the western light of Mayo and Clare Island.   This is work as fine as it is strong.  -Moya Cannon.

Geraldine Mitchell's Mountains for Breakfast is a complex, honest shipping forecast of a book. Heavy grief-weather and a relentless joy wave-wash these poems in crystalline language.      -Alice Lyons


Geraldine Mitchell is an Irish writer and poet who was born in Dublin and who, since 2000, has been living on the Co. Mayo coast, close to the town of Louisburgh.  In 2008, she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and a Mayo County Council Bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. In 2011, the Arts Council of Ireland awarded her a literature bursary.


Geraldine is the author of two novels for young people and a biography and, since moving to Mayo, she has published two collections of poetry, World Without Maps and Of Birds and Bones. Her third collection, Mountains for Breakfast, was launched in March 2017.


John Liddy

Born Youghal, Co Cork (1954), John Liddy  grew up in Limerick, took a degree in the University of Wales and has recently retired. His poetry books include: Boundaries (1974); The Angling Cot (1991); Song of the Empty Cage(1997); Wine and Hope (1999); Cast-A-Net (2003); The Well: New and Selected Poems (2007); Gleanings from the Margins (2010), Some Light Reading & a Song (2012) and The Secret Heart of Things (2014).


His translations include: La Barca de la Arena (2010), a translation by Francisco Rivero in Spanish of The Angling Cot; Ivy Down (2010), a translation by John Liddy in English of Tosigo Ardento by José Maria Álvarez. In 2011Cuentos Cortos en Inglés, a collection of stories for children in English and Spanish, was published. He is the founding editor along with Jim Burke of The Stony Thursday Book, one of Ireland’s longest running literary reviews along with Cyphers and has Co-edited 1916-2016:An Anthology of Reactions (2016).