Magic at Baldongan Castle: Fingal Poetry Festival 2021

Online video. Premiering Sat 18 Sep 2021, 10.30 am. Free

Poetry and music with Tony Curtis, Enda Coyle-Greene and Bill Haneman

Video premiere: Saturday 18 September, 10.30 a.m. – watch it live or later on this page.

Filmed in front of a small, invited audience in an iconic setting on a glorious summer’s evening in Fingal, poets Tony Curtis and Enda Coyle-Greene and musician Bill Haneman, present a relaxed and happy blend of poetry, songs and the inimitable magic of the uilleann pipes.

About our artists

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis was born in Dublin in 1955. He was educated at Essex University and Trinity College Dublin.

An award-winning poet, Curtis has published eleven warmly received collections. His most recent titles are Folk (Arc Publications 201I); Pony with drawings and paintings by the artist David Lilburn (Occasional Press 2013); Approximately in the Key of C (Arc Publications 2015); This Flight Tonight: the story of Alcock and Brown’s transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland 14th-15th of June 1919 (Occasional Press 2019) and By Bus To Christmas: twelve new Christmas poems(Candlestick Press 2020).

Tony Curtis has received the Irish National Poetry Prize and the Varuna Exchange Fellowship to Australia. In April 2018, Curtis was awarded the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Curtis has read his poetry all over the world to great acclaim. He is a member of Aosdána.

Enda Coyle-Greene

Enda Coyle-Greene

Enda Coyle-Greene was born in Dublin and lives in Skerries, Co. Dublin. She has published three collections with Dedalus Press: Snow Negatives (2007), winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2006; Map of the Last (2013); and Indigo, Electric, Baby (2020). Her work has featured in anthologies such as If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (2014), Shine On: Irish Writers for Shine (2011), The Quiet Quarter: Ten Years of Great Irish Writing (2009) and Sunday Miscellany: A Selection from 2004 – 2006.

She received a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in 2020.

Bill Haneman

Bill Haneman

Bill Haneman is a Skerries-based musician and maker of the uilleann pipes. A specialist in instruments from the 19th century, he has been playing for over 30 years.

When not making and restoring instruments, he can be found at traditional sessions around Skerries.

Film Credits:

  • Cameras: Graham Tully & Sanda Semeika
  • Drone camera: Stephen Kelly
  • Additional music and sound: Bill Haneman and Graham Tully
  • Directed and Edited by Graham Tully
  • Produced by Ernestine Woelger and Enda Coyle-Greene

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