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First Friday Open Mic

3rd April 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

First Friday Open Mic

First Friday Open Mic Reading commences on Friday March 6th at Kerry Writers’ Museum from 11 am to 1 pm. Come along and enjoy the best of local literary talent including poetry, story & song. Or perhaps you would like to participate and read one of your favourite poems and short stories. To get you thinking here is one of our favourite from the great Ballylongford poet Brendan Kennelly, who joyously remembers his father:

I see You Dancing Father…..
No sooner downstairs after the night’s rest
And in the door
Than you started to dance a step
In the middle of the kitchen floor.

And as you danced
You whistled
You made your own music
Always in tune with yourself.

Well, nearly always, anyway.
You’re buried now
In Lislaughtin Abbey
And whenever I think of you

I go back beyond the old man
Mind and body broken
To find the unbroken man.
It is the moment before the dance begins,

Your lips are enjoying themselves
Whistling an air
Whatever happens or cannot happen
In the time I have to spare
I see you dancing, father.

If you enjoyed this poem there are numerous more to enjoy at our First Friday Open Mic Reading.


3rd April 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm