Duration 60 Mins

Doire Press launch a new collaborative poetry collection by Jo Burns and Emily Cooper. The Conversation is an invented dialogue between three of Picasso’s lovers and subjects: Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar and Françoise Gilot. Unmasking the women behind the paintings, Jo and Emily explore what it means to be an artist, a muse, and a woman, within the intimate secrets and confessions of the page.

Author Biographies

Emily Cooper is a poet  based in Donegal. Her debut, Glass, was published by Makina Books in 2021 and has been translated into German by Ink Press. The Conversation, a collaborative poetry collection with Jo Burns, will be published by Doire Press in 2024. She is an editor for The Pig’s Back literary journal. 

Jo Burns was born in County Derry but now lives in Germany. She is a fluent German speaker and a university lecturer. The author of Circling for Gods (Eyewear Publishing), White Horses and Brink (both Turas Press), Jo has also been published in Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, London Magazine, Magma, Acumen and The Stinging Fly. She has won several Poetry Society Members Poems competitions, as well as the Magma Poetry Competition, the Irish Writers’ Festival Shirley McClure Prize, the Wild Word New Irish Writing in Germany Award, The Listowel Poetry Prize and The Poetry Society UK Hamish Canham Poetry Prize. 

Event Location

MacNeill’s Pub, The Hardiman Hotel

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The ground floor is step free via the main entrance via a ramp and a double door with a small ramp. There are accessible toilet facilities on the ground floor. The Oyster Bar is step free via a double door with a small ramp. There are accessible toilet facilities on this level. MacNeill’s Pub is step free from the internal entrance. This is accessed from the lobby to the lower floor, through a door, down a ramp and through another door. There are no accessible toilet facilities on this level.
There are four accessible parking spaces on Eyre Square outside the Bank of Ireland, 5 minutes from the venue at the opposite end of Eyre Square.

There is no Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use