Poet Pádraic Fiacc is celebrated at Belfast literary festival
A new book and a short film on the work of ‘the troubles poet’, Pádraic Fiacc were presented to a packed Linenhall Library yesterday evening (Monday 25 September at 7.30 p.m).
Guests were captivated by readings of Fiacc’s works by friends and fellow poets including Trinity College Professor, Gerald Dawe.
Pádraic Fiacc is a member of Aosdána, a prestigious affiliation of Irish artists, which counts Seamus Heaney, Ciarán Carson and Medbh McGuckian in its ranks. Fiacc has attracted a great deal of media attention, and was interviewed by Melvyn Bragg on the South Bank Show.
Last evening, July 6th 2012, a plaque dedicated to Iconic Belfast poet, Pádraic Fiacc was unveiled in Belfast.
The Plaque is permanently placed in the John Hewitt Bar and Restaurant, which is a community establishment named after the famous poet, John Hewitt.
The two were good friends and Fiacc dedicated the poem 'Jackdaw' to John Hewitt.
|Frank Tipping, Chief Executive, (see picture with Pádraic Fiacc) unveiled the plaque and Actor Paddy Scully read four of Pádraic's poems to a packed floor.
Multimedia Heritage member Michael McKernon, said the plaque's position placed Fiacc on the Belfast Literary trail. The very well know bar/restaurant is noted for its patronage of the arts,being a mecca for many involved in the creative and artistic life of Belfast.
The Plaque contains a stanza from Fiacc's famous poem 'Children at Play in The Botanic Gardens'. The lines are as follows:
"As the children beat down
the dust of the world
with their dancing feet."
Michael said these words fiacc penned as he sat in Botanic Gardens sometime in the 1960's are infused with the hope and energy evoked by children as they cavort in the park. The poet attended and was warmly welcomed by friends, supporters and members of the public.
Issued by Multimedia Heritage,
Belfast July 7th
The book, ‘Sea: Sixty Years of Poetry by Pádraic Fiacc’ is the culmination of a friendship between Fiacc and Belfast Artist Michael McKernon. The artist, working in collaboration with the poet, edited and illustrated the book. It includes pieces by other visual artists which relate directly to Fiacc and his poetry.
Michael McKernon spoke of his admiration for Fiacc:
“I found Fiacc to be an intriguing individual and a tremendous artist. His poetry really is a vivid
documentary of his extraordinary life lived between Belfast and New York. I believe he is a
legendary modern poet of the twentieth century, whose stature will continue to grow”.
Michael McKernon’s short film about Fiacc explores facets of Fiacc’s mercurial character through the eyes of people who know him. It portrays a deeply sensitive and humane individual, as well as a poet gifted with a dazzling intellect, creativity and powerful expressive style.
View all the images from the launch night,
The book was supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. It was published by Multimedia Heritage, a not-for-profit organisation which works with communities and individuals to record,preserve and present heritage using digital technology.