A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out on Monday 14th May at Cork City Library on Grand Parade when the library played host to the launch of two new books by Cork-based poets, The Fado House by Mary Noonan, a native of the city who works in the Department of French at UCC, and The Place Inside by Matthew Geden, a poet born in the English midlands and resident for more than twenty years now in County Cork where he runs the much-loved Kinsale Bookshop and is a founding member of Cork's annual SoundEye Poetry Festival.
Cork City Librarian Liam Roynane began the evening with a warm introduction, and he and Senior Executive Librarian Eamonn Kirwan and library staff couldn't have been more welcoming or accommodating, their hosting of the event a model of how a library can be both a place of reference and refuge and, at the same time, a facilitator and champion of the living tradition.
If you're in the Cork area, the books should be available from any of Cork's lively and well-stocked bookshops; alternatively you'll find them online at all the usual outlets, including the Dedalus website, Amazon, etc.
Below, Mary Noonan and Matthew Geden at Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork, at their launch of their respective books. Photos 2 and 3 reproduced with the permission of Cork City Libraries.