Current Public Art Programme

An Cathaoirleach launches new poems by David Butler

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Blackrock Library
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Blackrock Sequence, a specially commissioned series of new poems by David Butler, was officially launched by An Cathaoirleach Councillor Cormac Devlin in Blackrock Library on Tuesday 23 May. 'Blackrock Sequence' is an illustrated poem-journey which follows a route from the Forty Foot to Booterstown Saltmarsh, investigating the history, memory, ecology, culture and geology of this fascinating coastline. The illustrated sequence of eleven poems which can now be found on display in Blackrock Library loosely follow the route of the old Atmospheric Railway from Booterstown Saltmarsh out to what was then Kingstown Harbour.

David Butler was awarded this literature commission focusing on the Blackrock area as part of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office public art programme. He was based in the area from October last year until May and he spent a lot of time in the locale meeting and talking to people, making connections with local people and students. A former lecturer in English and Spanish literature, David Butler now works as a full-time writer. His novel City of Dis (New Island), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015 and his most recent publication is the poetry collection All the Barbaric Glass (Doire Press 2017) This project is managed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office, with support from dlr Library Service.