2020 Guests

Eva Bourke

Eva Bourke's recent publications include her seventh collection Seeing Yellow,

published in April 2018, A Private Country/Ein privates Land, a selection of poems by Moya Cannon in German translation., (edition offenes feld, Dortmund 2017) as well as Fermata. Writings inspired by Music, co-edited with Vincent Woods (Artisan House, 2016). She is a member of Aosdana.


Paul Casey
has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies in Ireland and internationally, most recently in Pratik and New Coin. His collection Virtual Tides (2016) was published by Salmon Poetry, which followed home more or less (Salmon, 2012) and It's Not all Bad (Heaventree Press, 2009). He is the recipient of three writing bursaries from the Cork City Arts Office. He created a poetry-film of Ian Duhig’s The Lammas Hireling (on vimeo). He edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry for secondary school students and promotes poetry in his role as director of Ó Bhéal in Cork - www.obheal.ie


Gillian Clarke
National Poet of Wales 2008-2016, President of Tŷ Newydd, the Welsh Writers Centre. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Her Selected Poems was published by Picador in 2016, and Zoology by Carcanet in 2017. Her version of the 7th century Welsh poem, Y Gododdin, appears from Faber in 2020.

She lives on a smallholding in Ceredigion, where six acres have just been planted with trees, inspiration for new poems, and a woodland journal.


Polina Cosgrave
was born in Volgograd. Her poetry was featured on national radio and TV in Russia. She came to Ireland in 2016 to get an MA in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in a number of journals and anthologies, including Writing Home by Dedalus Press.


Greg Delanty’s
selected poems came out in November 2017, titled Selected Delanty, introduced and selected by Archie Burnett, Un-Gyve Press, US.

Other recent books are The Greek Anthology, Book XVII and The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, WW Norton. His Collected Poems 1986-2006,Oxford Poets series, Carcanet Press, UK. He has received many awards, including a Guggenheim for poetry. He is Poet in Residence at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont and he’s a US citizen as well as an Irish citizen. He has two books forthcoming in Fall of 2020, a book of his own poems No More time (which these poems are from) and a book of translations from the Irish poet Seán Ó Riordáin.


Seán Dennehy
is a Clare poet and singer living and working in Dublin. In 2012 he won the final of the All Ireland Poetry Slam in Cork. His first collection in print, No Poetry, was published

in 2013 by QS Press. In May 2015 he presented Pieces in Project Arts Centre, a night of poetry and song showcasing his own work and that of his favourite poets. Following the success of Pieces he presented a festive follow up, Christmas Pieces in December 2015.

His debut album of recorded spoken word and song, What it feels like, was released in May 2019.


Borbála Faragó
originally from Hungary, is an academic specialising in contemporary Irish poetry. She holds a PhD from University College Dublin and she is the author of a number of articles, and a monograph on the work of Medbh McGuckian. Together with Eva Bourke she is also the editor of the anthology Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus Press, 2010).

Although she primarily writes poetry for her desk-drawer, some of her English language work appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Southword Journal, Dublin Poetry Review and Open Wide Magazine. Currently she shares her time between Dublin, Budapest and Vienna.


Jackie Gorman
is from Athlone and her first collection "The Wounded Stork" was published by The Onslaught Press in 2019. She was part of the 2017 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2017, she won the Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award and was commended in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Poem of the Year Award. She has recently completed a Masters in Poetry Studies at Dublin City University. She has had work published in Poetry Ireland Review, The Lonely Crowd, The Honest Ulsterman and a number of other journals.


Seán Hewitt
won an Eric Gregory Award in 2019, the Resurgence Prize (now the Ginkgo Prize) in 2017, and a Northern Writers' Award in 2016. His debut pamphlet, Lantern (Offord Road Books) was Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice in 2019. His first collection is Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020).


John McAuliffe’s
new book The Kabul Olympics will be published by The Gallery Press in April 2020. Described by the PBS as “one of the most gifted and versatile poets of his generation”, his versions of the Bosnian poet Igor Klikovac, Stockholm Syndrome (Smith Doorstop), was a Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice in 2019, and his previous book The Way In (Gallery) won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2016. He lives in Manchester, where he teaches poetry at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. He also writes a regular column for The Irish Times and co-edits the online journal, The Manchester Review.


Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
is an Irish-language poet. Her poem ‘Filleadh ar an gCathair’ was chosen as Ireland’s EU Presidency poem in 2013 and was shortlisted for RTÉ’s ‘A Poem for Ireland’. Her books include Péacadh, (Coiscéim 2008), Tost agus Allagar (Coiscéim, 2016) and a bilingual collection The Coast Road (Gallery Press, 2016). Cois Life published her translations from the French of Andrée Chedid as part

of the ‘File ar Fhile’ series. She received the Michael Hartnett Award in 2019 and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award in 2020.


Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich

Is boscadóir agus amhránaí cáiliúil ó Chorca Dhuibhne é Breanndán Ó Beaglaíoch ó theaghlach go bhfuil ceol traidisiúnta sa smior iontu. Tá aithne forleathan air mar cheoltóir, bádóir, láithreoir teilifíse, áisitheoir ceardlainne agus mar chathaoirleach ar Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh i gCorca Dhubhne. Tá ceithre albam aonair aige, maraon le go leor taifeadtaí le ceoltóirí iomráiteacha eile. Is minic é ar stáitse le leithéidí na Boys of the Lough, na Chieftains, Stocktons Wing, Na Casadaigh, Seán Davey srl. Chomh maith lena mhac Cormac. D’oibrigh sé le Philip King, Niamh Ní Bhaoill, agus Nuala O’Connor ar go leor léiriúcháin do TG4, ina measc Caipíní, Sé mo Laoch agus Cérbh É agus tá sé le feiscint ar an scannán le Dónal Ó Céilleachair Camino na Sáile a bhuaigh go leor gradaim ag féiltí scannáin. Dar leis féin ní bheadh ann dá cheol mura mbeadh na sléibhte, na farraigí agus na stoirmeacha ina áit dúchais féin i gCorca Dhuibhne.

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, from a well- known traditional music family, is known far and wide as an exceptional box player and singer from the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in Kerry. He has carved a name for himself as a musician, a boatman, TV presenter, a workshop facilitator and as an organiser of the annual Scoil Cheol an Earraigh in Corca Dhuibhne. He has recorded four solo albums as well as others with many acclaimed musicians. He has played with The Boys of the Lough, Na Casadaigh, Seán Davey etc as well as with his talented son Cormac. He has worked on music projects for TG4 with Philip King, Niamh Ní Bhaoill, Nuala O’Connor for such programmes as Caipíní, Sé mo Laoch, and Cérbh É. and he featured in Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s award winning film Camino na Sáile. He himself has said that without the mountains, seas and storms of Corca Dhuibhne he would have no music.


Mary O’Donnell’s
seven poetry collections include Unlegendary Heroes and Those April Fevers. Four novels include Where They Lie and the best-selling debut novel The Light Makers, reissued in 2018 by 451 Editions. In 2018 Arlen House published her third collection of stories, Empire. Her new collection Massacre of the Birds appears from Salmon next autumn. A member of Aosdana, she holds a PhD in Creative Writing from University College Cork.


Neil Ó Loċlainn
is a musician and composer from Clare. His work is dedicated to exploring the contemporary and the universal in the local. He is artistic director of the award winning Ensemble Ériu, which he founded with Jack Talty, to develop new conceptualisations in Irish traditional ensemble playing, and Cuar, a chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring composition and improvisation within the framework of Irish traditional music. In 2019 he was selected as a Next Generation artist from the Arts Council of Ireland. “..a distinctive
musical intelligence that, in my experience, is only to be found in a small number of people” Tony MacMahon


Tim O’Neill
is a historian and calligrapher. His books include The Irish Hand –a study of the manuscript tradition in Ireland (1984) and Merchants and Mariners in Medieval Ireland (1987) and he is a contributor to A New History of Ireland published by the Royal Irish Academy. Among his best known artworks are the Cardinal Ó Fiaich Memorial Gospel Book in Maynooth, the British Airways ‘Celtic style’ tailfin and reconstructed pages from the 8th century Faddanmore Psalter in the National Museum, Dublin.

Tim O'Neill

Su Garrido Pombo
Award-winning singer-songwriter Su Garrido Pombo incorporates Latin, Jazz, Bossa and Folk into her music. She studied guitar and musicology at the Universities of Salamanca and Granada and took a second degree in Art History in the Universities of Santiago and Florence. She has toured throughout Europe and North America with the folk group Lembranzas Galegas and later with her group Sonhos with whom she wrote and recorded the prize-winning album Sonhos. With her band Treme, she was awarded the Galician music prize Musicaxove 15 for best Galician group. She has also been awarded the Premio NARF in 2018 for Best Galician Musician and The Martin Codax Prize for Best Singer-Songwriter in 2019. Su shares her time between Galicia and Ireland. http://sugarridopombo.com/


Mark Roper’s
latest poetry collection Bindweed, Dedalus Press (2017), was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A Gather of Shadow (2012) was also shortlisted for that Award and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. With photographer Paddy Dwan, he has published The River Book, The Backstrand, and Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour.

Mark was Editor of Poetry Ireland for 1999. He was awarded Arts Council Bursaries in 2010, 2013 and 2016. A highly experienced Creative Writing teacher, he has run courses and workshops in many different settings, including schools, prisons, and senior citizen centres. From September 2002 to May 2003 he was writer-in- residence at Waterford Regional Hospital.


Gabriel Rosenstock
Tugaigí libh bhur gcuid dánta go dtí na ceardlanna maidine seo. Má tá dánta nó rainn do pháistí agaibh, is féidir iad sin a chíoradh chomh maith.

Beidh plé ar leith ar dhá sheánra Sheapánacha, an tanka agus an haiku.

File, fear tanka agus haiku é Gabriel Rosenstock. I measc na leabhar is déanaí uaidh tá An Eala Órga, athinsint ar scéilíní ón India a d’fhoilsigh An Gúm; Walk with Gandhi: Bóthar na Saoirse (Gandhi 150 Ireland), leabhar haiku agus tráchtaireachta a dhéanann comóradh ar Gandhi, aspal na heasumhlaíochta sibhialta; agus an cnuasach dátheangach Glengower: Poems for No One in Irish and English (The Onslaught Press). D’fhoilsigh Poetry Chaikhana leagan méadaithe den leabhar cáiliúil aige Haiku Enlightenment le déanaí.


John W. Sexton
is the author of six poetry collections, the most recent of which is Futures Pass (Salmon Poetry 2018). A chapbook of his surrealist poetry was published in 2019 by SurVision. He also created and wrote the children’s science fiction comedy-drama, The Ivory Tower, for RTÉ Radio 1, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes between 1999 and 2002. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O’Brien Press and have been translated into Italian and Serbian. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

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June Shannon
is an award-winning medical journalist with almost 20 years’ experience in health and medical reporting in Ireland. She has written extensively on a range of topics from health politics and policy, to health economics, medical education, clinical developments and research. She has a special interest in women's health, mental health and the health of socially excluded groups such as the homeless. Her work has been published in the national and specialist medical press including the Irish Times and she has also appeared on national television and radio as a specialist health contributor. She has both a personal and professional interest in mental health and In December 2019 was awarded the Headline National print Media Award for excellence in mental health reporting for a feature that was published in the Irish Times on suicide in pregnancy.


Peter Sirr
has published ten collections, of which the most recent are The Gravity Wave (2019), a Poetry Book Society recommendation and Sway (2016), versions of poems from the troubadour tradition. The Rooms (2014) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Pigott Poetry Prize. The Thing Is (2009), was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2011. He is a member of Aosdána.

Each poem seems written with immense care, not only to arrange words scintillatingly, but also to preserve the briefest, most otherwise-ephemeral details. Reading these poems, we’re reminded that exactly where we’re vulnerable is where change is possible.’— from the PBS judge’s citation for The Gravity Wave. ‘Everyone who takes poetry seriously should read him attentively.’–Bernard O’Donoghue, The Irish Times.

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Gerard Smyth
is a poet, critic and journalist whose first poems were published in 1969. He has published ten collections, including The Sundays of Eternity ( Dedalus Press, 2020 ), A Song of Elsewhere ( Dedalus, 2015), The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems ( Dedalus Press, 2010 ). The Yellow River (with artwork by Seán McSweeney ) was published by the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, in 2017. He was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the University of St Thomas in Minnesota and is co-editor, with Pat Boran, of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song ( Dedalus Press ). He is a member of Aosdána and Poetry Editor of The Irish Times.


Martín Veiga
is a Cork-based Galician poet and academic. He is a lecturer in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork, where he also directs the Irish Centre for Galician Studies and co-convenes the research cluster Translation and Creative Practice. He is a member of the research group Crosswinds: Irish and Galician Poetry and Translation (Moore Institute, NUI Galway). His poems have been published in many journals and anthologies and he is the author of five poetry collections in Galician. Diary of Crosses Green(Francis Boutle Publishers), Keith Payne’s English translation of his latest collection, was published in 2018.

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Enda Wyley
lives in Dublin and is a member of Aosdána. She has published six collections of poetry with Dedalus Press from her debut Eating Baby Jesus, (199233 ) through to Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems. ( 2014) Her work has been widely broadcast and anthologised and she was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, twice a winner of the British National Poetry Competition and a recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry. Her most recent book of poetry is The Painter on his Bike, 2019. The UK poet Peter Robinson reviewing it in Dublin Review of Books, 2020, wrote; ‘it is the balancing act of drawing transitory subjects from the experiences of a life, presenting them with a deftness and lightness of touch that still delivers a weight of implication, while yet shunning overt claims to attention, that I found so captivating, so enabling in Enda Wyley’s The Painter on his Bike.’


Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe
is a poet, pacifist, and fabulist. Her work is widely published, most recently in Banshee, Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, Writing Home: The New Irish Poets Anthology, broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1’s Poetry Programme and the Poetry Ireland podcast, and featured in the Poetry Jukebox and Irish Poetry Reading Archive. She is the current recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Prize. She serves as poetry editor with Skein Press, and is the founder of the P[l]ay It Forward Literary Fellowship Programme.