St. Peter's Cork

St. Peter's Cork
St. Peter's Cork
North Main Street

5:00pm - 10:00pm

021 427 8187


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Literature / Poetry

Revival – Poetry of the Counter-Culture 1964 – 2017

Tom and Connie Pickard leased Morden Tower, a medieval turret in Newcastle’s city-walls, in 1964, and started a series of poetry readings that featured some of the most iconic poets of the era: Allen Ginsberg, Basil Bunting, Ed Dorn, Ted Hughes and Tom Raworth, among many others. Associated with the readings were vividly coloured, often psychadelic posters, printed in short runs for display around the city.

For Culture Night 2018 UCC Library is presenting 16 of the most vibrant of these posters, classics of 1960s counter-cultural graphics, along with a film by Tom Pickard on the reading series, commissioned by the BBC, and recordings of the poets of the scene and their successors, British, American and Irish.

In addition, Tom Pickard himself, whose ‘Fiend’s Fell’ was picked for the list of ‘10 Best Poetry Books of 2017’ by the New York Times, will read on the night, and there will be activities for younger visitors and amateur wordsmiths of all kinds.

Curated by Fergal Gaynor, with commissioned work by Mick O’Shea.


St. Peter's Cork