The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation 2
A series of 12 poetry films from the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, Poetry Ireland, and Druid, showcasing work by Ireland’s most exciting new poetic voices, as well as performances and new takes on classic Irish poetry.
Evgeny Shtorn reads “From the Confinement” and Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads “Brightening”.
Evgeny Shtorn is a poet, scholar, and LGBTQ activist. Born in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic in 1983, he moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2000. He completed a master’s degree in sociology at the Higher School of Economics and while in St. Petersburg, he met his current partner, fellow sociologist and LGBTQ rights activist Alexander Kondakov. Both worked at the Centre for Independent Social Research, a foreign-funded NGO and think-tank.
In 2018, Shtorn was forced to leave Russia due to political repression by the Russian government. He claimed international protection in the Republic of Ireland. There, he started his first manuscript, Chronicles of Refugee, about life in direct provision, the Irish system of accommodation for people in need of international protection.
Shtorn also studied community development, working toward a postgraduate diploma at NUI Galway. In late 2019, he was granted refugee status in Ireland. Shtorn has contributed to several poetry anthologies and works as the manager for Queer Diaspora Ireland, which supports LGBT people in direct provision.
For his efforts in this field, Shtorn received the GALAS Person of the Year Award 2020 from the National LGBT Federation of Ireland.
Poet and essayist Doireann Ní Ghríofa was born in Galway and raised in the village of Kilnamona in County Clare.
Ní Ghríofa’s first two published poetry pamphlets were Résheoid (2011) and Dúlasair (2012), both written in Irish. Her first book in English, 2015’s Clasp won the Michael Hartnett Award and was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. The following year, she won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
Ní Ghríofa’s second English-language collection, Lies, gathered Irish poems from her Coiscéim pamphlets and her own translations of the poems into English. In 2018, she collaborated with visual artist Alice Maher on Nine Silences, received Italy’s Premio Ostana and the U.S.’s Lannan Literary Fellowship, and was selected as a Seamus Heaney Centre Fellow at Queen's University Belfast.
2020 saw the release of her first prose book, A Ghost in the Throat, which won the An Post Irish Book of the Year award, the Hodges Figgis Irish Book of the Year award, and the Foyles Non-fiction Book of the Year award.
Ní Ghríofa’s poems have been published in magazines including Poetry, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, and Prairie Schooner.
This selection of gorgeously captured poetry films is a celebration of beloved poems of Irish history as well as the diverse and thriving poetry of the present day.
Over the course of six days, viewers can tune in to experience Ireland’s most exciting new poetic voices reading their own work, as well as that of the poets who inspired them.
Subjects span the personal and universal, touching on broad human themes that include immigration, inspiration, and our relationship with the natural world.
Two new poetry films will be streamed each day over six days in partnership with the St. Patrick’s Festival.
Filmed by Matthew Thompson.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa by Matthew Thompson
Evgeny Shtorn headshot by Caroline Forde.