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Poetry reading will have an Irish flair

By March 10, 2011

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Davis poet and musician Lauren Norton will read a selection of poems, stories and short essays that take Ireland as their setting or subject at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Musical accompaniment will be provided by her band, The Souterrain, a folk trio based in Davis.

Their appearance is part of the twice-a-month Poetry Night Reading Series, organized and hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson.

Norton is a poet in her second year of the UC Davis master’s program in creative writing. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and an Irish native. Growing up in County Wicklow, Norton learned Sean Nós (old style) singing and fiddle playing with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann. During her years at Trinity, she toured Europe with The Dublin University Chapel Choir as a first soprano.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Attic, Bray Arts Journal and Galway University’s anthology of established and emerging writers, Ropes.

David Sachs, a junior English major and a member of the UCD Symphony Orchestra, will play double bass. Sam Shirley, a dramatic arts graduate of UCD, will play guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonica.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the gallery to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the open-mike list.

For more information, call the John Natsoulas Gallery at (530) 756-3938 or visit http://www.poetryindavis.com.

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