Events in Pearse Street Library this week

Pearse Street Library

Pearse Street Library will play host to poetry readings and film screenings over the course of the next two days.

Award-winning poet Catherine Ann Cullen will be reading excerpts from her recently-published collection The Other Now: New and Selected Poems tomorrow Wednesday December 14th. She is a two time winner of the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award, having won in 2009 for her poem Scooter and in 2016 for A Peculiarly Intimate Act.

Cullen is the inaugural A&L Goodbody writer in residence at St. Joseph’s School, East Wall, Dublin. She has an M. Phil. (Creative Writing) from Trinity College Dublin and submitted her PhD thesis at Middlesex University in October 2016.

The event will kick off at 6pm, with refreshments and chat prior to the reading itself.

Tomorrow will also bring this month’s Classic Film Club screening at 2pm. The film is the 1951 British-American adventure The African Queen, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Morley. Based on the 1935 novel by C.S. Forester, the film focuses on the developing relationship of an unlikely couple as the make a treacherous journey downriver during the outbreak of World War I.

The film is in English with English subtitles. There will be refreshments and chat from 1.30pm.

Another film screening will take place on Thursday December 15th, with the International Film Club showing the French comedy-drama Un Conte de Noel (A Christmas Tale) at 5pm. Directed by Arnaud Desplechin from a sceenplay by Emmanuel Bourdieu, it focuses on the Christmas gathering of a family whose members have complicated and strained relationships.

Admission to all of these events is free with no booking required, and all are welcome.

By Kevin Carney