Presented by Poetry Ireland
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.
Described by Time Out New York as “a music-and-literature extravaganza,” each show on the tour has a bespoke mix of artists from the worlds of music and literature. Guests such as Michael Longley, Lisa O’Neill, Zadie Smith, and Horslips will join Muldoon for six different evenings of creative and collaborative energy.
Paul Muldoon describes ‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ as a direct response to that ancient impulse to perform, to share, to make one’s own amusement; “It’s one of our most basic instincts; to listen to a song, listen to a poem. Even in this era when people have their noses stuck in their tablets, it still works.”
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).
On Bank Holiday Monday 5th August at The Everyman in Cork, contemporary English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith, Northern Irish novelist and poet Nick Laird, and the ‘Godfathers of Celtic Rock’ Horslips are the special guests.
For further information on all events see www.poetryireland.ie
PRODUCED BY POETRY IRELAND
WITH ZADIE SMITH, NICK LAIRD AND IRISH BAND HORSLIPS
SUPPORTED BY AN ARTS COUNCIL | AN CHOMHAIRLE EALAÍON AND ARTS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN IRELAND TOURING GRANT
RUNNING TIME 2 hours plus an interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION16+ Accompanied by an Adult
Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet and professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, playwright, lyricist
Born in 1951 in Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, to Patrick Muldoon, a farm labourer and market gardener, and Brigid Regan, a schoolteacher, Paul Muldoon was brought up near a village called The Moy on the border of Counties Armagh and Tyrone. He is the oldest of three children.
After studying at Queen’s University, Belfast, he published his first book, New Weather (Faber) in 1973, at the age of 21. From 1973 he worked as a producer for the BBC in Belfast until, in the mid-1980’s, he gave up his job to become a freelance writer and moved to the United States with his second wife, the American novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz. He now lives in New York City and Sharon Springs, New York. He is the father of two children.
Muldoon is the author of thirteen major collections of poetry, including Frolic and Detour (2019), One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015), Maggot (2010), Horse Latitudes (2006), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Hay (1998), The Annals of Chile (1994), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), Meeting the British (1987), Quoof (1983), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Mules (1977) and New Weather (1973).
He has also published innumerable smaller collections, works of criticism, opera libretti, books for children, song lyrics and radio and television drama. His poetry has been translated into twenty languages.
Muldoon served as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 to 2004 and as poetry editor of The New Yorker from 2007 to 2017. He has taught at Princeton University since 1987 and currently occupies the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 chair in the Humanities. In addition to being much in demand as a reader and lecturer, he occasionally appears with a spoken word music group, Rogue Oliphant. With his wife, American novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, he adapted James Joyce’s “The Dead” as an immersive, site-specific play, “The Dead, 1904,” which was produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre and Dot Dot Productions, LLC, for seven-week runs in 2016 and 2017.
Paul Muldoon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his awards are the 1972 Eric Gregory Award, the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2015 Pigott Poetry Prize, the 2017 Spirit of Ireland Award from the Irish Arts Center (NYC), the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the 2018 Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from ten universities.
Paul Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.” Roger Rosenblatt, writing in The New York Times Book Review, described Paul Muldoon as “one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems – word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry.
Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.”