Join the Bealtaine Writers Group as they read a selection of poetry inspired by Paula Meehan’s collection ‘As If By Magic: Selected Poems’ ahead of her interview with Mia Gallagher.
Bealtaine Writers are a group of mainly older women and men who meet monthly at the Irish Writers Centre to write and review work in progress, mainly poetry.
In 2021, the Bealtaine Book Club author is Paula Meehan and the Bealtaine Book is As If By Magic: Selected Poems. This was selected by Libraries around Ireland as the Bealtaine Book Club book.
As If By Magic gathers together work published between 1991 and 2016. Meehan’s devotion to, and mastery of, her craft, has always been one of the key signatures of her work, as has been her immersion in her beloved native Dublin. In As If By Magic we also see her uncompromising engagement with the politics of gender and class, her love of the natural world and her grief at what threatens it, her holistic and visionary impulse to bless the creation, to be grateful for her place in it.
The reading will be streamed live on the Age & Opportunity YouTube channel.