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The Munster Literature Centre



Emerging Poets Reading


A lineup of pre-booked, emerging poets to read on Saturday, 18 February @ 4.00pm with Suji Kwock Kim, the winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition.
Metropole Hotel, Cork. Free admission.

In alphabetical order

Paul Casey * Paula Cunningham * Alyn Fenn

Rory Johnston * Afric McGlinchey

Louis Mulcahy * Mary Noonan * Donna Sandahl Sørensen


Paul Casey at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Paula Cunningham at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival

photo © John Minihan

Cork poet Paul Casey has lived over thirty years abroad, working in multimedia, teaching and film. He taught screenwriting at the Nelson Mandela University, and convened the greater Port Elizabeth Poetry Competition in three languages. His poems are published in journals and anthologies including A Miscellany of Contemporary Irish Poetry, Revival, THE SHOp, Cork Literary Review, Census, Southword, Stony Thursday, New Contrast and Real Beginnings. His chapbook It’s Not all Bad (Heaventree) was published in 2009. In October 2010 his poetry-film The Lammas Hireling, after the poem by Ian Duhig, premiered in Berlin. His debut collection home more or less is due from Salmon Poetry in June 2012. He is the founder and organiser of the Ó Bhéal reading series. Read poems by Casey here.


Paula Cunningham was born in Omagh in 1963. She has lived in Belfast for much of her adult life. She won the Poetry Business competition in 1999, and a poetry chapbook, ‘A Dog Called Chance’ was published by Smith/Doorstop that year. She has also written drama and short fiction. A short story appeared in David Marcus’s Faber ‘New Irish Short Stories 2005’. Her poems have been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies including Bloodaxe’s ‘The New Irish Poets’. This year she won the £5,000 Hippocrates Poetry Prize for ‘The Chief Radiographer Considers’ and was commended in the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize for ‘Gist’. She works part-time as a dentist and has recently finished her first full-length poetry collection. Read poems by Cunningham here.

Alyn Fenn at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival
Rory Johnston at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Alyn Fenn has been writing since 2005. She has had poems published in The SHOp poetry magazine, The Stinging Fly, Acumen, Stony Thursday, and Borderlines. She has won a number of short story competitions including the People’s College 2006-07 Short Story Competition, Wicklow Writers 2007, and the 2007 William Trevor Short Story competition. She has placed in other competitions including the Bill Naughton, Golden Pen, George A. Birmingham, Pencil, and People’s College, and been shortlisted for several others including the Bryan McMahon, Wells Literary Competition, and Momaya. Read poems by Fenn here.

Rory Johnston is a retired civil servant, seventy five years young. He has lived in Tramore, Co. Waterford for the last twenty three years. He wrote his first poem at age sixty seven, and has has written a couple of hundred since then. In 2011 he received an MA in Creative Writing from Waterford Institute of Technology. He has previously read at The Kilkenny Arts Festival and at The Carlow Eigse Festival. He is working towards a first collection.
Afric McGlinchey at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival
Louis Mulcahy at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Afric McGlinchey grew up in various countries in Africa, returning to Ireland in 1999. A Hennessy Award winner, her poems have been published in a number of literary journals, including the SHOp, Acumen, Magma, Moth, Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, the Independent and the Sunday Tribune. She was also awarded a Faber Academy Fellowship and has had poems shortlisted in several competitions. A poem was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A poetry reviewer for Southword and for Sabotage, Afric also reviews books for the Irish Examiner. She is an editor and online poetry tutor at www.creativewritingink.ie  Her début collection, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things, will be published by Salmon in May. Read poems by McGlinchey here.

Louis Mulcahy’s poetry has been accepted for publication in many anthologies including The Stinging Fly, Stony Thursday, Boyne Berries and Revival and read on RTE1 and Lyric Radio. Multiple selections of his poems have appeared in five collections. He got to a short list of five for the Collection of Poems competition at Listowel in 2008 and again in 2010. His first solo collection is being published in 2012 by An Sagart Publishing. Better known as a potter, he is the Director of Féile Bheag Filíochta and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland.
View reading by Mulcahy here.
Mary Noonan
Donna Sørensen at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Mary Noonan’s poems have been published in The Dark Horse, The SHOp, The Stinging Fly, Wasafiri, Tears in the Fence, Cyphers, Southword, The Moth, The Echo Room, The Cork Literary Review, Penned: Zoo Poems (2009), The Alhambra Poetry Calendar (2010), Best Irish Poetry 2010, The Captain’s Tower: Seventy Poems for Bob Dylan at Seventy (2010), in the on-line magazines Blackbox Manifold and BigCityLit and at the on-line archive fishousepoems.org. She was awarded the Listowel Poetry Collection Prize in June 2010. Her first collection, The Fado House, will be published by Dedalus Press in 2012.
Read poems by Noonan here.

Donna Sørensen is originally from the UK. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Crannóg, Revival and Wordlegs, with another soon to be published in THE SHOp. She was selected to appear in the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2011 and is the featured poet in the Spring 2012 issue of The Stinging Fly. Donna received a commendation from The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2011 for her first unpublished collection, Dream Country. Read poems by Sørensen here.


O'Donoghue Prize winner Suji Kwock Kim will be presenting a full reading, followed by eight poets in our prebooked reading event. The eight poets have yet to publish a full collection, but in demonstration of the high standards for this line-up four of the poets are already signed-up for their debut collections. Cork-based Paul Casey and Afric McGlinchy have collections due later this year from Salmon and Corkwoman Mary Noonan has a collection due from Dedalus. Paula Cunnigham from Belfast is a winner of the £5,000 Hippocrates Poetry Prize. Rory Johnston is a septuagenarian from Waterford and a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing course at W.I.T. Donna Sandahl Sorensen is a British-born Dublin resident who received a commendation from the 2011 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition. Louis Mulcahy is from Kerry and is better known in many circles as a potter. He has a collection forthcoming from An Sagart in 2012. West Cork-based Alyn Fenn has been writing since 2005 and has won several short story competitions.



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