Poet and playrwright Colm Keegan talks to the Near FM Arts Show

Colm Keegan is a writer and performance poet from Dublin, Ireland. Since 2005, he has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010.

In 2015 he was awarded a residency in the LexIcon, Ireland’s largest public library. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, a creative writing initiative for young writers.

His debut poetry collection, Don’t Go There, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim and is available from www.salmonpoetry.com. His second poetry collection is due out in 2017.

In 2011, he was nominated for the Dublin Fringe’s ‘Little Gem’ Award for the spoken-word play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About – which has toured Ireland and sold out in Bristol, London and Paris. His play For Saoirse was staged in the Axis Theatre in 2016. In January 2017 his short play, The Process was staged in the Abbey Theatre as part of 24 Hour Plays.

He joined Norma Burke on the Arts Show to talk about his new play For Saoirse for the Dublin Fringe and also covered subjects including housing and what it means to be male in today’s society.

More on the play below…

Here’s the granite swish swish, the rise and dip dip of the walls of the liffey, the whip whip of the amber lit streetlights…

Witty and trippy, Colm Keegan’s debut play hums with rich poetic language. Craner, about to be a Dad, takes us on a madcap journey from Ballymun to the Rotunda and back again. Stumbling through a city falling down, a past that won’t let go, to a future he never planned. Walls come tumbling, past and present collide on this rollercoaster ride through a life and city on the brink of… something.

By Colm Keegan. Directed by Mark O’Brien and featuring Eric O’Brien.

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.Check out the Dublin Fringe website for booking information here.

For more information on Colm Keegan visit his website here.