In a message dated 05/11/98 14:41:01, you write:
It seems that Ciaran Carson (of "Last Night's Fun" fame) is coming to
school in a couple of days to read his poetry. He's being billed on campus
as "a poet, flutist, pennywhistler, and singer."
Now I don't want to sound like an uncultchered boor, but I have no
most 20th-century poetry, and I'm just wondering whether anyone has ever
been to one of his readings, and whether he is known to pull out a whistle
or a flute (in the playing of which he is said to be not shabby) and
produce a little real culture amidst all the verbiage. A silly question
perhaps, but an evening is a terrible thing to waste, and there's very
little poetry out there that can't be helped massively by the insertion of
a good old tune.
Has anyone any experience of his presentations? Jeffrey >>
I've known him over thirty years and have read most of his writings - if his
presentations follow them he is likely to be exceedingly quirky. A lot of his
poetry is inspired by the Irish storytelling tradition and his two latest
books of prose - (Last night's fun and "The Star Factory" ) - have the quality
of that art. Get him beforehand, give him my best wishes, and persuade him to
play music and tell the odd story - especially "The Mullaghbawn Hole" (I don't
know whether he'll do it but there is always after - he likes whisky.