Mick Delap will read from his latest collection 'Opening Time' in Dicey Reilly's, once part of the Delap estate, on Friday afternoon.
Mick Delap is a relative newcomer to the Irish poetry scene. London based, but with Donegal and Tyrone roots, he waited till he had retired from the BBC World Service in 2000 to turn seriously to his writing. In 2002 he won Best First Collection at Listowel, and the following year Lagan Poetry Press in Belfast published River Turning Tidal. Last year Arlen House, Dublin, brought out his second collection, Opening Time (June 2015). The title poem was runner up at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival in 2007, and shows a typical grandfatherly tenderness. But alongside a series of highly personal celebrations and commemorations of his own family life - from the south of England, where he grew up, to the joys and losses of life at home in London, this wide ranging collection also sees Mick making the most of his particular perspectives on the West of Ireland. The family have Ballyshannon and Lough Swilly connections. His grandfather was born in Maghery, Co. Donegal, and reared on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, where Mick shares a much loved summer house. Over the last 12 years he regularly sailed his small, red canvassed gaff cutter up to the North West, where his father was born. As sailor-poet he celebrates the magnificence of the Atlantic coast, and the Shannon, and chronicles their different histories - including his own family's.