Chalk Dust by Noel Monahan



Chalk Dust New Poems from Salmon by Noel Monahan, Poet and Playwright



Thursday 3rd May 2018 @ 8.00pm


This new collection by award winning poet, Noel Monahan searches for identity and belonging in the constantly shifting shadows of mondern Ireland.  The sonnet section seeks some spiritual uplift out of the darkness and poems written in Irish, with English translations further a quest for meaning.  "Chalk Dust", the stunning title poem, protrays an Irish Catholic boarding school where sons of strong farmers and rural shopkeepers are placed in the ivory hands of priests to be educated.  This long prose poem is episodic and follows the calendar of a school year where trapped male energy erupts under the strains of collective living and time alone allows the Chalk Dust to settle.




About Noel Monahan

Noel Monahan has published seven collections of poetry. His literary awards include: The SeaCat National Award organised by Poetry Ireland, The Hiberno-English Poetry Award, The Irish Writers’ Union Poetry Award, The William Allingham Poetry Award and The Kilkenny Poetry Prize for Poetry. In 2001 he won The PJ O’Connor RTE Radio Drama Award for his play Broken Cups and in 2002 he was awarded The A.S.T.I. Achievements Award for his contribution to literature at home and abroad. In 2012 Noel received an Arts & Entertainment Award from Northern Sound Radio.He won the Poetry Ireland/Seacat National Poetry Award with a first prize of £5,000. Noel's poem "The Funeral Game" was chosen as the overall winner, out of 2,500 poems, by renowned judges, Michael Longley, Cathal O Searcaigh and Eavan Boland. In 2002 he received the A.S.T.I. Achievements Award for his contribution to literature in Ireland and abroad.


His work has been translated into Italian, French, Romanian and Russian. His most recent plays include: The Children of Lir performed by Livin’ Dred Theatre and Lovely Husbands, a drama based on Henry James’ work and performed at the inaugural Henry James Literary Festival, 2010. His poetry was prescribed text for the Leaving Certificate English Course 2011 and 2012. His seventh collection of poetry: Cellui Qui Porte Un Veau a French translation of his work was published by Allidades, France in October 2014. Noel Monahan is co-editor of Windows Publications and he holds an M.A. in Creative Writing.

Noel Monahan's work has also appeared in The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, Books Ireland, Poetry Australia, Paterson Literary Review, USA and many more outlets. He is co-editor of Windows Publications and has published five Authors and Artists Introduction Series.  His plays include Half A Vegetable, a dramatic presentation of Patrick Kavanagh's poetry, A Proverbial Wet Summer, and Feathers of Time.
He has read his work at numerous summer schools and poetry festivals throughout Ireland. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, most recently Awakenings, a text for the new Leaving Certificate English curriculum. 
Speaking of a previous collection, Snowfire, no less a critic than John Montague has praised him for colonising the ground once ploughed by his predecessors, most notably Patrick Kavanagh in transforming his everyday surroundings by his poetic vision.
Niall MacMonagle is Ireland's most trusted commentator on poetry.

A native of County Kerry Niall MacMonagle is an Honorary Doctorate of Literature which was awarded to him by UCD for his work as an advocate for the arts and a champion of poetry.   He has an exemplary teaching legacy and through his editing has provided inspiration to lovers of poetry.  MacMonagle spent over 30 years teaching at Wesley College in Dublin, where he founded the poetry-speaking initiative Poetry Aloud, now a nationwide competition. His credits include the recent Irish poetry anthology, Windhar, bestselling Lifelines anthologies as well as Poetry Now textbooks, Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time and Off the Wall.







Paul Flynn

Paul Flynn is a graduate of Music from Trinity College and specialised in Composition in his masters studies.  He has extensive experience in the choral genre through composition, conducting and singing.   In 2006, he won the Christ Church Cathedral Festival Composition Competition. He received the International Composer Honorable Mention in the 2009 POLYPHONOS competition with The Esoterics choir, Seattle, USA. He has had works performed in many venues both in Ireland and the United Kingdom, including recent performances by the men of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Some of his liturgical music is in the regular repertoire of a number of choirs including Trinity College Dublin Chapel Choir and St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir.  His work Hymnus Sancti Camelaci was selected for the 2014 ISCM World Music Days Festival.   Paul Flynn lives just outside Cavan Town with his family. He directs the Choir of the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Michael’s, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. He is an active member of the AIC (Association of Irish Composers).




Niamh McCormack

Niamh McCormack is a native of Shercock and began her vocal tuition with Geraldine Mc Gee in Dundalk. She completed her Degree in music performance at the D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Deirdre Grier Delaney and Mary Scarlett.  During her time at the Conservatory she was a regular recitalist and also undertook roles such as Musetta from ‘La Boheme’ for the conservatories series of ‘Rush-hour opera’ concerts.   She performed the role of Papagena from ‘The Magic Flute’ for ‘A Night at the Opera’ which was held in the National Concert hall and also recorded a lunchtime recital for Lyric fm. Following her degree, she toured extensively throughout United States of America, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as well as Ireland as the vocal soloist with Riverdance.   She has recently performed with the Cavan Singers as part of their presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Cathedral of SS. Patrick and Felim, Cavan.   


Niamh is a regular recitalist throughout Ireland and has a keen interest in the music of the Renaissance and Baroque period performing regularly with Early Music consorts such as ‘The Dublin Viols’.   Niamh was a recipient of a Cavan County Council Professional Artist Award 2018.


Simon Harden

Simon Harden was born in Dublin and has lived in Berlin, Hamburg and Paris.  He studied at Trinity College Dublin and pursued specialist studies in organ in Berlin and Paris.   He has received many prizes for his performances including the the ‘Konzertexamen’ – the highest award for performance in Germany – with Wolfgang Zerer and Pieter van Dijk and the ‘Premier Prix’ in 2006.  He won 1st prize and audience prize at the ‘International Schnitger Organ Competition’ in Alkmaar, Holland 2007 and in October 2006 2nd prize at the Swiss International Organ Competition ‘Grand Prix Bach de Lausanne’.  In December 2006 he was selected from all the instrumental students at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg to receive the DAAD prize for ‘outstanding performance and intercultural involvement’.


Chalk Dust launch by Noel Monahan at Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 8.00pm

Published by Salmon Publishing


20 Apr 2018


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