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My Life As a Painter: Matthew Sweeney’s New Book

Saturday 21 April 2018, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

£3 – £5

Join us to celebrate Matthew Sweeney’s new collection of poetry, My Life as a Painter.

This new book features a wild mix of birds and animals: lizards, snakes, rats, camels, donkeys, feral cats, dogs and owls. One dog transmits telepathic requests for the food he wants, and there’s a parrot who speaks as ambassador for the bird world. The canvas here is the transhuman: where boundaries between human and non-human can’t be fixed, dreams turn into torments, secrets stay hidden, strange communiqués remain unclear, and the natural weirdness of Matthew Sweeney’s native Donegal verges on the surreal.

Matthew will read a short selection of poems from the new book accompanied by his friends Christopher Reid, Maurice Riordan and Jo Shapcott.


  • Doors open at 6.30pm
  • Reading 7pm
  • Book signing, mingling and chat from 7.30pm
  • All ages welcome

PLEASE NOTE – this event has now completely sold out. There MAY be returns on the door, but I’m afraid we can’t guarantee that we will be able to seat people who have not booked in advance.