IMRAM is an Irish Language Literature Festival with will take place at various venues around Dublin from Oct 9th to 18th. It will features an eclectic and heady brew of literature, music, theatre, poetry, art exhibitions, readings and workshops. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun actually. You can find the full details here.
Music is central to the festival again this year as they present Redemption Songs: The Bob Marley Project featuring Bob Marley’s songs performed in Irish by Liam Ó Maonlaí and Bréag with special guest star Natty Wailer (Friday October 10th); Jig of Life: The Kate Bush Project, featuring Kate Bush’s songs in Irish with Caitríona Ó’Leary and an amazing ensemble including Roger Doyle, Adrian Hart and Graham Hopkins and many more (Wednesday 15th October). Both productions feature exquisite translations by poet Gabriel Rosenstock and screen projections by artist Margaret Lonergan.
Fidil perform at the launch of groundbreaking anthology The Other Tongues, a gala night of poetry and music, at McGrattan’s (Sat 11th October); At Smock Alley Theatre on Friday 17 October, there will be a A Celebration of Dublin City with a gala night of poetry, music, song and dance with Ceoltoiri Anna Livia (Liam O’Connor – fiddle, Noel Pocock – pipes, Sally Corr – flute, Padraig Maith – guitar) joining them will be acclaimed dancer Sibeal Davitt and poets Declan Collinge and Micheal O hUanachain.
Other 2014 IMRAM highlights include The Wheelchair Monologues, Aisling Ghéar’s new one-man show, in which Gearóid Ó Cairealláin takes a look back over the ups and downs of his life since suffering a haemorrhagic stroke at the age of forty-eight; My Pen Dances: The Seán Ó Ríordáin Project, a terrific multi-media celebration of the life and work of the pioneering Cork poet, featuring Melanie O’Reilly – one of Ireland’s most innovative and versatile jazz singers.
Also in collaboration with IMRAM, Dublin Institute of Technology lecturers Clare Bell and Brenda Dermody have again curated a special exhibition of poetry rendered by design students. Poetry selected for the exhibition includes work by Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Marcus MacConghail, Gabriel Rosenstock, Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin, and Mícheál Ó hAodha. IMRAM has located 30 city centre prime poster sites to display the best of the students’ work, ensuring that Irish language literature will have a presence in Dublin city centre during the festival.