Prebooked Introductions Reading

Saturday 17 February @ 4 PM. Cork Arts Theatre

mBreda Spaight was accepted for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2017. Her work is widely published. New poems of hers are forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, and The Ogham Stone. She is featured poet in the current issue of The Stinging Fly. Read poems by Breda Spaight on Poethead



xJane Robinson’s debut poetry collection, Journey to the Sleeping Whale is due out from Salmon Press in September 2018. She has won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition and the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Award. A selection of her work, which came joint second for the Patrick Kavanagh Award, was described by Paddy Bushe as ‘daring, imaginative and authoritative.’ Her poems have been published in Irish and international journals including the Hennessy New Irish Writing Page, Abridged, Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Stinging Fly, Southword and Poetry Ireland Review. Read work by Jane Robinson


mEmily Holt’s essays and poems have appeared in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (W.W. Norton & Co, 2015), Poetry Ireland Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Abridged and other journals. She was a runner-up in the 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Prize. Her chapbook If Not Savior was highly commended by Brian Lynch for the 2017 Patrick Kavanagh Award and was a finalist for the Munster Literature Centre’s 2016 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition. She is working toward a PhD in Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Read Emily Holt's work in the Honest Ulsterman


mMichael Ray is a poet and visual artist living in West Cork, Ireland. His poems have been anthologised and have appeared in a number of Irish and international journals, including The Moth, The Shop, Cyphers, The Penny Dreadful, One, Southword, New Contrasts, The Stinging Fly, Ambit, Magma and Numero Cinq. His work is forthcoming in The Well Review. Read his work in Southword


xJames Conor Patterson is from Newry, Co. Down. His work has appeared in Magma, The Moth, New Statesman, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Stinging Fly, among others. In 2017 he received an ACES bursary from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and he is working towards his first collection. Poem published in the New Statesman


eA.M. Cousins’ poetry has appeared in literary magazines including Poetry Ireland Review; The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017; The Stinging Fly, The SHop, and The Honest Ulsterman. Her work was Highly Commended in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2015 and in 2016; and she featured in Poetry Ireland’s Introductory Series 2016. She is working on a first collection of poetry. Poetry by A.M. Cousins in The Honest Ulsterman


xEmily Davis-Fletcher has a BFA in creative writing from Stephens College and an MA in women’s studies from the National University of Ireland Galway. Her poetry has been published in Southword, Crannóg Magazine, the Irish Examiner, and HCE Review, among other journals. She placed third in the 2016 Just Add Words Video Description Contest and judged the 2016 Magnolia Gardens Poetry Competition. In order to be a better student of poetry, Emily teaches a poetry course as part of the Life-long Learning program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Read poems by Emily Davis Fletcher in The Punch.





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Cork International Poetry Festival

13 - 17 February 2018

Cork International Poetry Festival



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