2019 Guests

Paddy Bushe
is a poet, editor and translator in both English and Irish. His most recent collection in English, On A Turning Wing(Dedalus Press), won the 2017 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Móinéar an Chroí (Coiscéim) was launched at the 2018 Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering. He is currently researching and writing a prose work exploring the link between the landscape of Iveragh and its imaginative expression in myth, literature, archaeological monuments, folklore and other creative forms.


John Carey
is Professor of Early and Medieval Irish at University College Cork. He received degrees in Folklore & Mythology and in Celtic Languages & Literatures from Harvard University, where he subsequently taught as lecturer and associate professor, prior to holding fellowships at the Warburg Institute (London), the Institute of Irish Studies (Belfast) and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His publications on the medieval Irish Book of Invasions include the pamphlet The Irish National Origin-Legend (1994). He is general editor of the Temenos Academy Review, a Fellow of the Temenos Academy, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy

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Steve Cooney
is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish musi
c. He came to Ireland from Australia in 1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal culture there. Creatively involved in more than 240 CDs, he has worked with many iconic international artists. Also a poet and songwriter, he completed a Ph.D. in 2018 on an intuitive musical notation system that he devised. In 2007 at the Rostrevor Fiddler’s Green Festival Seamus Heaney wrote:Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre and lyric, between poetry and performance, the rhapsody and rascality’.


Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Born 1942 in Cork, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and Ireland Professor of Poetry (2016-19). She has published academic work on the Renaissance, on translation, and on Irish writing.. With her husband Macdara Woods who died last year, and the late Pearse Hutchinson and Leland Bardwell, she has edited, since 1975, the Irish poetry journal Cyphers.She has published eight collections of poetry over 42 years, and her Selected Poems appeared in 2008. The Boys of Bluehill was published in 2015 by Gallery Press and Wake Forest University Press in North Carolina. A new collection will appear this year.

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Maura Dooley
Maura Dooley’s fifth and most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (Bloodaxe). Anthologies she has edited include The Honey Gatherers: Love Poems and How Novelists Work.Her poems from a residency at The Jane Austen House Museum are published as A Quire of Paper. In 2018 she published versions (with Elhum Shakerifa) of work by the exiled Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman, Negative of a Group Photograph (Bloodaxe). She is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Gabriel Fitzmaurice
was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. Poems of his have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and performed by the RTÉ Cór na nÓg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts.

He has been described as “the best contemporary, traditional, popular poet in English” in Booklist (U.S),“a wonderful poet” in the Guardian,“one of Ireland’s leading poets” and “poetry’s answer to John B. Keane” in Books Ireland,“Ireland’s favourite poet for children” in Best Books! and “the Irish A.A. Milne” by Declan Kiberd in the Sunday Tribune.


Ján Gavura
(1975, Slovakia) is a senior lecturer and a director of the Institute of Slovak and Media Studies at Faculty of Arts, University of Prešov. He works as a researcher of history, theory and translation of poetry and mainly deals with Slovak and Anglophone literature and culture. He has published three monographs and four collections of poetry: Pálenie včiel (Burning Bees, 2001, Ivan Krasko Prize for the best debut book in the Slovak language), Každým ránom si (Every Morning You Are, 2006), Besa (2012, Slovak Literary Fund Prize) and Kráľ hlad (King Hunger, 2017). He is an editor- in-chief of the journal Vertigo: Journal on Poetry and Poets (since 2013) and a director of FACE – Focused on Alternative Culture and Education, a publishing house specializing in translation, literary criticism and science. He has translated more than 20 books of poetry and fiction from English (e.g. T. S. Eliot, C. A. Duffy and C. McCarthy).

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Seán Hewitt
is a poet, a research fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and a book critic for The Irish Times. He won the Resurgence Prize in 2017, and a Northern Writers' Award in 2016. His debut pamphlet is Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019).

Sean Hewitt

Gerry Loose
is a poet living in Scotland. As well as his print publications, his poetry can be found inscribed in hospitals, children and young adult centres, Botanic Gardens, public parks, sculpture parks, wild landscapes and on walls in art galleries. His work has been translated into many languages. His awards include a Creative Scotland Award, a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, a Hermann Kesten Stipendium, a Kone Foundation Award, a Society of Authors Award and an Arts on Prescription Award. His most recent books are fault line, An Oakwoods Almanac, that person himself and night exposures.


Seán Lysaght
has published six volumes of poems, including The Clare Island Survey (1991), Scarecrow (1998), The Mouth of a River (2007) and Carnival Masks (2014), all from Gallery Press. He has also published a translation of Goethe’s Venetian Epigrams (Gallery, 2008), a verse narrative of the life of Edmund Spenser, and, most recently, a prose work, Eagle Country (Little Toller, 2018). He won the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2007 and his Selected Poems appeared from Gallery in 2010. He lives in Westport, County Mayo.


Aonghas MacNeacail
poet, journalist, broadcaster, scriptwriter, librettist, song-writer and translator, writing in his native Gaelic and in English. His poetry collections have been published in both languages, and anthologised all over the world, translated into many languages, including German, Italian, Irish Gaelic, French, Hebrew, Finnish and Serbo- Croat. He has read his work in Russia, Japan, Poland, Israel, Trinidad, the U.S.A., Canada, and throughout Western Europe. He won the Scottish Writer of the Year Stakis Prize with his third collection, Oideachadh Ceart (‘A Proper Schooling and other poems, pub. Polygon). He has collaborated with many of Scotland’s finest composers, including Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, William Sweeney and Ronald Stevenson.


Niall MacMonagle
taught English to Leaving Cert for over thirty-five years. Editor of several poetry anthologies including Slow Time, The Open Door Book of Poetry, the Lifelines series, Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916, he is a frequent contributor to RTE Radio 1 and writes a weekly art column in the Sunday Independent. Awarded an honorary doctorate by UCD in 2017 for services to literature, he believes poetry, his favourite art form, is for everyone if only every one were to give it half a chance.

Niall Mac Monagle

Andrey Mashinyan
is the Director of the Irish Cultural Centre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Centre was founded in 2004 on the Faculty of Philology of the St. Petersburg State University. Today the Centre is the main partner of the Embassy of Ireland in Russia, works in close cooperation with Honorary Consul of Ireland in St. Petersburg. Since December 2018 the Centre has its academic basis and permanent office in the Russian State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg.

Dr Mashinyan’s interests include all sides of Irish culture with focus on history and mythology, life and works of W.B. Yeats and J. Joyce, connections between Irish Celtic Revival and Russian Silver Age. He holds a PhD in Irish Literature, author of dissertation “Mythological poetics of W.B. Yeats”, author of two published books of translations of poetry and plays by W.B. Yeats and a published book of translations of works by J. Joyce.

Dr. Mashinyan is a member of the International W.B. Yeats Society, curator of the annual festivals of Irish Culture in St. Petersburg, festivals of St. Petersburg in Dublin and Cork, chair at the annual International Bloomsday Conference “Ireland and Russia: the past and the present”.

He participated with his translations in the digital and published volumes “Yeats Reborn” in 2015 and presented his own pieces of poetry and prose written in English at the Cork World Book Fest in 2016. In 2016-17 Andrey wrote 8 among 12 chapters of the first volume about Ireland for the Russian public, “Ireland: More than an Island”, the project curated by the Irish Embassy and Russian branch of Enterprise Ireland.


Thomas McCarthy
was born at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 1954 and educated at University College Cork. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry as well as the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award. He worked for many years at Cork City Libraries before he began to write fulltime in 2014. In 1994-95 he was Humphrey Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota. He was elected to the Irish artists’ assembly, Aosdána in 1998. He is a former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review. His work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Japanese and several other languages. His work has been republished in more than thirty anthologies of Irish poetry, including The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetryand, most recently, in An Anthology of Irish Poetry from Harvard University Press as well as The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry: Volume II (Wake Forest University Press). His Prophecy is published by Carcanet Press in 2019.

Thomas McCarthy High Res

Geraldine Mitchell
Dublin-born Geraldine Mitchell’s poems first appeared in print after she decided to settle on the Mayo coast beyond Louisburgh twenty years ago. In 2008 she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and has since won further awards and published three collections with Arlen House: World Without Maps (2011), Of Birds and Bones (2014) and most recently Mountains for Breakfast, launched by her part-time Clew Bay neighbour Michael Longley in 2017. Last year four visual artists, including her printmaker daughter, Lisa Molina, responded to her work. The resulting exhibition, Mind Has Mountains, was shown in Galway as part of Cuirt 2018.

Geraldine Mitchell

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill first came to the attention of the poetry reading public when as a student in UCC she first published in ‘Innti’. Since then she has been writing poetry in Irish with a rare steadfastness of vision and commitment. She has written an intensely moving and vibrantly perceptive body of modern lyrics in Irish which are widely translated. She is generally recognised as one of the most compelling voices in modern Irish writing. She succeeded John Montague as the Ireland Professor of Poetry and has received many awards for her work; The American–Irish Literary Award, The Seán Ó Ríordáin Award (4 times) and the Gulbenkian Foundation Bursary and last year she was awarded the The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Bríd Ní Mhóráin
Seacht gcnuasach filíochta atá foilsithe ag Bríd Ní Mhóráin: Ceiliúradh Cré(Coiscéim) 1992, Fé Bhrat Bhríde(An Sagart) 2002, Síolta an Iomais(Cló Iar-Chonnacht) 2006, An Cosán Bán/The White Path(Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne) 2008, Pietas(An Sagart) 2010, Glórtha ón gCillín/Voices from the Cillín(Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne) 2015,Saothrú an Ghairdín( An Sagart) 2015, I gCochall mo Chroí(ComharLeabhar) 2017, agus saothar próis, Thiar sa Mhainistir atá an Ghaolainn Bhreá(An Sagart) 1996. Moladh I gCochall mo Chroímar cheann de leabhair na bliana 2018 ( Tuairisc.ie).
Bhí sí fostaithe mar fhile cónaitheach ag Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne le tacaíocht ó Údarás na Gaeltachta,2003 - 2018. Bhuaigh sí go leor duaiseanna agus sparánachtaí.

Brid Ni Mhorain 4B

An acclaimed spiritual singer, Nóirín has introduced His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama at official occasions in Ireland and elsewhere. A theologian, musicologist and recording artist who was awarded the first doctorate in theology from MIC, University of Limerick, she has written several books including Listen with the Ear of the Heart: An Autobiography and Theosony: Towards a Theology of Listening. Dr. Ní Riain was ordained an Interfaith minister in 2017 with the One SpiritInterfaith Seminary in London.
Nóirín will present a special repertoire of songs and poems that have inspired her from German Hildegard von Bingen to local poet Paddy Bushe.


Bernard O’Donoghue
was born in Cullen, Co Cork in 1945, and still lives there for part of the year. Since 1995 he has been a Fellow in English of Wadham College, Oxford where he teaches medieval English and modern Irish literature. He has published eight volumes of poetry, including Selected Poems (Faber 2008) and The Seasons of Cullen Church (Faber 2016). He edited The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2009), and he translated Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for Penguin Classics (2006). His Very Short Introduction to Poetry will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.

Bernard O Donoghue

John O’Donoghue
is the author of Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009); Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014); and the memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009). Sectioned was awarded Mind Book of The Year 2010. His story ‘The Irish Short Story That Never Ends’ won The Irish Post Creative Writing Competition in 2016. He was Chair of Survivors’ Poetry 2000 – 2005, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.


Olivia O’Leary
has presented current affairs programmes for the last three decades for both RTE and the British Channels, BBC and ITV. As a print journalist, she has written about politics for both ‘the Sunday Tribune’ and ‘The Irish Times’. She does a weekly radio column for RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime and is the presenter of RTE Radio 1’s ‘The Poetry Programme


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

Mano Panforreteiro
is a sonic artist who works in music and theatre as a composer, performer, producer, educator and cultural activist. A Galician piper who enjoys exploring the possibilities of the gaita galega, his performing is magnetic and theatrical. He also uses a large variety of instruments and explores the evocative nature of sound. His work is highly collaborative and often site-responsive. Kibitka and Xogara, his main musical projects, are contemporary folk bands which bring together musicians from different parts of Europe. An Oxford resident for almost a decade, Mano run there the first Galician session in the UK.


Keith Payne
was the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award winner 2015- 2016. Recent collections include Broken Hill (Lapwing, Belfast, 2015); Six Galician Poets (Arc, 2016), Diary of Crosses Green, from the Galician of Martín Veiga (Francis Boutle, 2018), and forthcoming: The Desert, from the Galician of María do Cebreiro (Shearsman, 2019) and Second Language, from the Galician of Yolanda Castaño (Shearsman 2019). A regular reviewer of contemporary poetry for the Dublin Review of Books, Keith is director of The La Malinche Readings Ireland/Galicia and PoemaRia International Festival of Poetry, Vigo.

Keith Payne

Kay Redfield Jamison
is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews. She is the author of a memoir, An Unquiet Mind, as well as Touched With Fire and Night Falls Fast and the co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar disorder. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Award; her most recent book, Robert Lowell : Setting the River on Fire, has been widely acclaimed and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for biography in 2018.

KRJ Lake picture May 2010 (002)

Ger Reidy
has won several national poetry competitions and was the recipient of a bursary from the Arts Council. He has published three collections of poetry; Pictures from a Reservation, Drifting Under the Moon, and his most recent ‘Before Rain’ which was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers Week. His debut collection of short stories ‘Jobs for a Wet Day’ was nominated for the Edge Hill Prize. He has been a judge for the Westport Arts Festival poetry competition for several years and his work has been translated into several languages including

Ger Reidy

Gerda Stevenson
writer/actor/director/singer/songwriter, works in theatre, television, opera, radio, and film. Literary festival readings include Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Trinidad, Italy, UK and Ireland; her stage play, FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY, toured to New York, 2012, published by Salmagundi; her opera libretto, with composer Dee Isaacs, based on Coleridge’s RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, was commissioned and produced by University of Edinburgh, 2017; poetry collections include IF THIS WERE REAL (Smokestack Books, 2013), published in Italian, SE QUESTO FOSSE VERO (Edizioni Ensemble, Rome, 2017); QUINES: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland

Gerda Stevenson

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.


Dr. Lorna J. Waite
is a writer who lives and works in Edinburgh. She was born and brought up in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire and educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. She is the author of The Steel Garden and an editor of Sealladh Às Ùr Air Ealain Na Gàidhealtachd; Brìgh Leirsinn Ann An Dualchas Nan Gàidheal/Rethinking Highland Art; The Visual Significance of Gaelic Culture. She was Writing Fellow at Brownsbank Cottage, home of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid and Jessie Kesson Writing Fellow. She is a member of the Edinburgh based poetry and music collective, The Heretics.


Grace Wells
is one of the most ecologically-driven writers in Ireland today. Both her poetry and prose are strongly informed by nature, the environment, and spirit of place. Her debut poetry collection, When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things (Dedalus Press, 2010), won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award and was shortlisted for the London Festival Fringe New Poetry Award. Her second collection Fur (Dedalus Press, 2015) expanded the boundaries of eco-poetics, and was lauded by Poetry Ireland Review as 'a book that enlarges the possibilities of poetry’. Her poem ‘Otter’ received a 2017 Forward Prize

Grace in black