"I HAVE a passion for words. I celebrate the minor and major mysteries of life with poetry. I will recite a rhyme, tell a story, maybe sing a song for your entertainment. I see myself as a knight whose quest is to open the door to the imagination again and again."
So says performance poet and storyteller Patrick Carton who launches his new collection, Growling At The Gate, in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on Thursday October 13 at 6.30pm.
Originally from the Westmeath/Offaly border, Patrick lived and studied in Galway from 1996 to 2002 and the city has left a deep impression on the man and the artist. "I have written a rake of poems about Galway," he says. "It is a full 20 years since I first moved to Galway to attend the uni back in September 1996, UCG as it was then, rebranded as NUIG during my tenure as an arts student. Mature student? Sure I haven't grown up yet!"
Patrick has read his poetry at Electric Picnic, Cúirt, the All-Ireland Amateur Drama Festival, the Galway Arts Festival, and the Irish-American Festival, Washington DC.
All are welcome. See www.patcarton.com