Mark Granier is an award-winning photographer and poet and dlr Libraries were delighted to launch his first solo exhibition of photographs on Tuesday 24 April at dlr LexIcon. The Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Tom Murphy launched Mark's exhibition and guest speaker was Katie Donovan, another local award-winning poet - you can read her appreciation of Mark's work here. The exhibition also played an important role in our celebrations for Poetry Day Ireland, marked nationally on Thursday 26 April.
Pictured at the opening of 'Ghostlight', an exhibition of photographs by Mark Granier, the award winning photographer and poet were, left to right, Colm Mulcahy from Monkstown, Councillor Tom Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Poet Tríona McMorrow, Mark Granier, Gabriel Rosenstock from Glenageary. Photo by Peter Cavanagh Photography
Mark has spent a number of years living in Blackrock and his poems and photographs echo a range of beautiful and haunting images of this area. It might be a photo of an abandoned shoe on Avoca Avenue, seabirds out on a stormy Dublin Bay, a rainy Galloping Green or a foggy timeless image of the East Pier. A series of 6 postcards featuring Mark's photographs and accompanying poems are available at the exhibition. In addition, free copies of Taking the Plunge, an anthology of short stories and poems by local writing talent, published to celebrate the opening of dlr LexIcon will be available for the duration of this beautiful exhibition. The publication features 6 poems by Mark and his cover design of the Ice House Seals, taken at the Coal Harbour Pier, Dún Laoghaire in 2009.
Mark will give a talk and a poetry reading at a special event on Tuesday 15 May in the Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon at 7.00pm. This event is free and all are welcome. The exhibition continues on Level 3, dlr LexIcon until 31 May 2018.