Poetry: Nora Connolly

Today we bring you a powerful poetry performance from the wonderful poet and actress Nora Connolly, who will read you some of her uplifting, touching, funny and heart-warming poems, from her collection and CD, ‘Going West’.  

This is what Nora has to say about her poems:

“A man in Galway once said to me “Ah, ye can’t cross a road in this town without tripping over a poet !”

My poems in ‘GOING WEST’ were inspired by my childhood memories of travelling from Dublin to Connemara, spending my summers on the farm in Ballymoneen – Townland of the Little Turf.

You’ll hear about the shy farmer at the dance, fairies tipsy on moonshine, the thrill of Salthill in the 1960’s, then back up to Dublin to follow the odyssey of a man and his blackbird in the tree and his encounters with ’the dark destroyer’. More roads to cross, more poems to write.”

Nora Connolly trained at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She has performed at the National Theatre, The Bristol Old Vic, The Tricycle, The Riverside Studios, The Royal Lyceum, The Edinburgh Festival and many other regional theatres throughout the UK. 

Nora has performed in many Irish plays including ‘The Playboy of The Western World’, ‘Shadow of a Gunman’, ‘The Plough and The Stars’, ‘Juno And The Paycock’, ‘The Midnight Court’, ‘Translations’, ‘Rouge, Rifles and Revolvers’, ‘Dancing At Lughnasa’, ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’.

Her most recent theatre work includes ‘These Halcyon Days’ by Deirdre Kinahan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her T.V. work includes ‘Fresh Meat’ and the upcoming T.V. version of ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’.

Her devised one woman show ‘Nora’s Bloomsday’ has been performed at the Liverpool Arts Festival and The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith. Nora has also taken her one woman poetry show of ‘Going West’ to the Prague Fringe Festival.