The noted poet Richard Blanco, Limerick City of Culture’s Writer in Residence, has been captivating audiences at his every appearance in the city over the past 10 days. Now the people of West Limerick have a unique opportunity to hear Barack Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet’s Reading in the Desmond Hall. 

Newcastle West Arts is co-operating with the Visiting Writers’ Series to bring this outstanding poet to town this Friday, 5th September, at 8pm in the Desmond Hall, Newcastle West.

Blanco is the author of several prize-winning books, beginning with ‘City of a Hundred Fires’. He is a winner of the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2012 he was chosen by Barack Obama as Inaugural Poet, following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. ‘One Today’, the work written for and read at Obama’s second inaugur-ation in January 2013 resonated with the audience watching throughout the world. 

Also featured on the night will be Vivienne McKechnie, who has just published her first book of poetry, ‘A Butterfly’s Wing’. Rounding off this magical evening will be young local musicians Siobhán McMahon (violin) and Clare Murphy (flute).

This truly is a night not to be missed, entry free.