Marina Carr and Mary O'Malley: The Playwright and the Poet

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:59:00 GMT - Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:59:00 GMT, 18:00

At O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

Organised by Arts in Action

Poet Mary O’Malley and playwright Marina Carr present specially selected readings and

discuss their practice.

Marina Carr is one of Ireland’s best known and highly significant modern playwrights. Her

works to date include Ullaloo (1989), Portia Coughlan (1996), By the Bog of Cats (1998),

Ariel (2000), Marble (2007) and she has also written a number of plays for children. The

RSC produced a world premier of her re-imagining of Hecuba at the Swan Theatre in

September in 2015, and in August 2015, the Abbey Theatre produced a major revival of

By the Bog of Cats. In 2017, Marina’s reinterpretation of the classic Anna Karenina played

for two months at the Abbey Theatre. Her work has been played around the world and

has been translated into many different languages. Currently she lectures in the English

department at Dublin City University.

Mary O’Malley is a Galway poet and an educator and has taught on the MA programmes for

Writing and Education in the Arts at NUI Galway for ten years. She served on the council of

Poetry Ireland and was on the Committee of the Cúirt International Poetry Festival for eight

years. She also held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University, Lisbon for 2013. Mary

is very active in environmental education with a specific interest in the sea and bogland.

She has published seven books of poetry, the most recent Valparaiso arising out of her

residency on the national marine research ship. Playing The Octopus is her latest book

of poems. She is currently working on a memoir of childhood as well as essays on place.

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