Poem and a Pint, Coronation Hall, Ulverston 9/2/2013

Poem and a Pint, Coronation Hall, Ulverston 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


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

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

Tony Curtis was proud to read and be at 'The Irish Festival of Oulu' in Finland. Tony would like to thank all those involved in making this a success.

Tony at Clifden Arts Festival 2012

Poetry and Music with Tony Curtis, John Sheahan and Michael Coady with guest Gabriel Fitzmaurice at Alcock & Brown Hotel, Market Square, Clifden, Co Galway, Ireland. September 28, 2012 4:30 pm.



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

Tony Curtis reads at the Oak Harbor Library as part of the Skagit River Poetry Festival on Monday May 7th, 2012 at 12:00 Noon.
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StAnza 2012

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.
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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill at IPRT

Irish Penal Reform Trust' in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Sunday, 26th February 2012. Pictured here Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Tony Curtis.

President Michael D. Higgins

Irish Penal Reform Trust' took place on Sunday, 26th February 2012 in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, pictured here is President Michael D. Higgins and Tony Curtis.

Tony Curtis website launched

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.
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