Anja Bakker

Anja will be preforming twice over the festival. Her first gig will also be her CD launch in Shanleys on Saturday 17th at 8pm in Shanleys.

That evening, Anja will have a number of writers, in support such as Dave Lordan, Tina Piscoe and Eamonn sheey
Shw will also be playing a gig in Scannels bar, on Sunday 18th at 3pm once again supported by some of writers and poets.

Anja Bakker and Sean the Harp together have been the successful duo ‘The Flauting Harper’ from the time they first met in 2009. Since then they’ve been enchanting audiences throughout France, Spain, the Netherlands, UK and Ireland with their performances in music, song and stories. In 2010 they travelled on foot from West Cork, where they are based, to Santiago de Compostela. This let to their commitment to walk and play daily which is what they practice to this day.

In 2010 they joined the female poetry collective ‘Catch the Moon’ with whom they performed throughout Ireland and then joined the writer/poet/columnist/novelist Tina Pisco to form the performance poetry trouppe ‘Gifted Eccentrics’ which has built a reputation for making one ‘either smile or cry’ they joined forces with the ‘Bog Canon’s Performance Roadshow’ but have also worked with the poet Paul Casey and were at the front of the experimental electronica act ‘Illusion Creation’ until its demise in 2014. They also work in healthcare settings and practice ‘Harp meditations’ in a variety of settings.

Their sound is strongly influenced by the world they live a mix of Irish local, Celtic World travelling bard translated through ballads and Bunting.

Their performances have been described as: ‘Mesmerizing’, ‘hypnotic’ and ‘unbelievably relaxing’. ‘She draws you in and then… out you come on the other side, different, if you know what I mean.’

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James Waller is an Australian/English artist and poet, currently based in Clonakilty, Ireland. His poetry has been published in Stylus, Page Seventeen, Five Poetry Journal and Eureka Street. He has been a feature performer at all of the main poetry readings in Melbourne and Brisbane and has also had his work featured on RRR radio in Melbourne. For COAF 2017 James will do a reading of The Call, a prose-poem in four parts. www.jameswaller.org
James is a multi-talented individual and a professional portrait painter, However, he will be painting with words this time around, with his beautiful hypnotic style of poetry that flows like honey from his mouth.His imagery is always so vivid and his themes so real. Not one to miss

Eamonn Sheehy
Migrate To The Fringe: An Evening Of Nonfiction Writing.\’ Eamonn Sheehy\’s gritty fusion of memoir, travel and social documentary stem from a coloured background of subculture involvement — DIY punk scenes, activism, and slow-journalism. Writer Susan Maiermoul, a Sean O\’Faolain 2015 Prize-winner, called his first book \’Summer In The City State – Ceuta To Tangier Through Fortress Europe\’ (2016): “Rich detail clear eyed jewel tone poetry. A political coming-of-age.” “If I can leave the space I live within and drop into another reality, then I will. Witnessing the chaos of life while standing at a crossroads in West Beirut. Pushed between the sweat and adrenaline, amid overblown speakers in a Vilnius punk squat. Speaking with the solvent-high street kids, on the streets of Siberia. There is a sensory aspect to all of this. As well as the want to understand other realities and tell the story of people on the fringe. That jolt — I’m looking to try and grasp and pack it into my paragraphs….I don’t believe we are meant to live a life in monotone. I write against it.” – Eamonn speaking in thelonelycrowd.org Eamonn will read extracts from his book \’Summer In The City State\’, as well as debuting new work from his forthcoming books \’Dangerous Driver – Balkan Vignettes\’ and \’Stealing Life – Across Russia\’.

Venue: Shanleys Bar, 8pm, Saturday June 17th and Scannell’s Bar, Sunday June 17th at 3pm.

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