An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic is hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, ‘the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War’ (Times Literary Supplement).
The title ‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville show, which inspired the New York based Muldoon to begin hosting these carefully-blended evenings of literature and music back in 2014.
The house band for the show is Rogue Oliphant – a collective of musicians and composers including Chris Harford (Three Colors, Band of Changes), Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, The Alpha Band) and Ray Kubian (Electric Six, Chris Forsyth).
Hawkswell Theatre Rogue Oliphant will be joined by guests Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, acclaimed Belfast writer Wendy Erskine, and Irish traditional singer Len Graham, piano-based songwriter Duke Special.
The Gate Theatre - Contemporary poets, Michael Longley, Man Booker prize-winning author Anne Enright, Vocalist and actor Lisa Lambe, Irish traditional musician Martin Hayes, and musician and songwriter Glen Hansard.
The Everyman - contemporary English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith, Irish novelist and poet Nick Laird, and the Horslips are the special guests.
Glór - Singer, songwriter and storyteller Declan O’Rourke, musician & poet John Sheahan, Spoken word poet Felicia Olusanya and Irish Times journalist Fintan O'Toole.
The Dock - Belfast poet Stephen Sexton, folk singer-songwriter Lisa O'Neill, and journalist and author Sinéad Gleeson are special guests.
The Mac - Moya Brennan and virtuoso harpist Cormac de Barra, Irish novelist and screenwriter John Banville and West Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan.
Poetry Ireland has a growing reputation for producing dynamic literature events on a significant scale. This tour will introduce audiences to some of the finest writers and musicians performing today.