Poem and a Pint, Coronation Hall, Ulverston 9/2/2013
February 8, 2013 07:43 AM
An evening of poetry and music in the Coro’s Supper Room with two outstanding performers: poet Tony Curtis, a member of Aosdána, the Irish association of creative artists, winner of the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition, the Book Stop Poetry Prize and 2003 recipient of the Varuna House Exchange Fellowship to Australia; and Ulverston guitarist Matt Cowe.
Tony Curtis (pictured left) is self-deprecating and very funny. He tells a story and a joke like the best sort of stand-up and he shimmers with Irish charm. His most recent collection, Folk (2010) is rich, overspilling with poems you want to return to and when you do, they reward your re-reading, revealing different and surprising layers of themselves. His imagination turns the familiar world upside down. When Tony Curtis appeared at last year’s StAnza Festival in St Andrews, the hall was packed and they ran out of his book. We are lucky to have the opportunity to hear him read in Ulverston.
Matt Cowe (right) will be playing tunes by guitar legend Chet Atkins on his new Gretsch guitar ‘Ruby’. He has loved the country-swing sounds of Chet for many years and is now proud to present a tribute to Mr. Guitar himself with a selection of favourites from the early 1950s.
Ross Baxter does the honours as MC, and there will be readings by various Poem and a Pint committee luminaries.
Tony Curtis reads in NCAD
October 16, 2012 07:46 AM
The students in 4th Visual Communication at The National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland are currently undertaking a narrative project based on the poems from 'Folk" by Tony Curtis. The final pieces will range from print to screen based work. The project is being run by Pat Mooney.
Tony Curtis at 'The Irish Festival of Oulu' in Finland
October 9, 2012 05:09 AM
Tony at Clifden Arts Festival 2012
September 26, 2012 06:26 AM
July 8, 2012 05:31 AM
Tony visit to Wedgwood Elementary in Seattle, WA, USA in May 2012. Stephanie Wolfe wrote "The first and second graders loved your songs and poems and talked about your visit for days. The teachers were amazed with how easily you connected with all the children. We all felt privileged to have you visit!" . Thank you for your photos and kind words.
Tony Curtis at the Skagit Vally Poetry Festival
April 30, 2012 05:10 AM
March 20, 2012 09:34 AM
Tony Curtis read on 16th March at StAnza 2012. The only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is international in outlook. Founded in 1998, it is held each March in St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town. The festival is an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of poetry, to hear world class poets reading in exciting and atmospheric venues, to experience a range of performances where music, film, dance and poetry work in harmony, to view exhibitions linking poetry with visual art and to discover the part poetry has played in the lives of a diverse range of writers, musicians and media personalities. The simple intention of StAnza is to celebrate poetry in all its many forms.
Click here for link to StAnza site
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill at IPRT
March 5, 2012 04:30 AM
President Michael D. Higgins
March 5, 2012 04:13 AM
Tony Curtis website launched
January 23, 2012 03:47 PM | Admin
Hi just working on Tony's new website. Hope you enjoy both this site and his work. We'll be putting more content up all the time including movies and readings and other interesting stuff.