IN what promises to be a warm-hearted affair, the Rathkeale Community Arts Group is hosting an evening of song and poetry next Thursday, May 2 in the friendly and intimate surroundings of the Rathkeale Arts Centre.
The evening, which begins at 8.30pm, is intended to usher in the month of May with a flourish and also to give a nod in the direction of Bealtaine, the festival for creativity in older people.
Peg Prendiville from Ballyhahill and author of two collections of poetry is the featured poet for the evening and her poems will be interspersed with songs from Josie Meehan and Ger Fennell.
Peg’s second collection The Purple Pencil, which was launched earlier this year, was very warmly received and the Rathkeale Arts Group is hoping, through next week’s event, to bring Peg’s voice to a new audience.
Peg’s poetry is highly accessible and the poems in The Purple Pencil are intended as a celebration and exploration of everyday life, from the view-point of daughter, friend, wife and mother.
Tender but pin-point accurate, they deal with the changes that occur in a life and the emotions that accompany those changes and their, sometimes, life-altering, consequences. Birth and death, love and marriage, nostalgia and nature will be among the themes Peg will explore during the reading.
“They are not all autobiographical,” Peg points out. Yet, they all reflect somebody’s story. Just as some people take a photograph to remember an occasion, time or place, it is to poems that Peg turns when she wants to immortalise something, to hold it into the future.
The evening will also give the audience an opportunity to hear some old favourite songs such as The Blackbird and the Lake Isle of Inisfree.
There is no charge for the event, which begins at 8.30pm and will run for approximately an hour. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. The Rathkeale Arts Centre is located above the library on the Ballingarry Rd, Rathkeale.