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Margaret O’Driscoll

Margaret O’Driscoll lives in West Cork, and is a busy mother of seven and grandmother to thirteen. In 2016 she published her first collection of poetry and since then her work has been published worldwide and translated into many different languages. She has been invited to read at international poetry festivals in many countries including India, Albania and Uzbekistan.

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Margaret O’Driscoll lives in West Cork, and is a busy mother of seven and grandmother to thirteen. In 2016 she published her first collection of poetry and since then her work has been published worldwide and translated into many different languages. She has been invited to read at international poetry festivals in many countries including India, Albania and Uzbekistan.

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Daniel Wade

Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. In January 2020 his radio drama Crossing the Red Line was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry and short fiction have appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012, incl. Cassandra Voices, The Missouri Review, The Agonist, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Live Encounters, Fresh Air Poetry, The Galway Review, A New Ulster, Banshee Press and Zymbol.

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Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. In January 2020 his radio drama Crossing the Red Line was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry and short fiction have appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012, incl. Cassandra Voices, The Missouri Review, The Agonist, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Live Encounters, Fresh Air Poetry, The Galway Review, A New Ulster, Banshee Press and Zymbol.

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Rachel Coventry

Rachel Coventry’s poems appear in The North, The Moth, Abridged, Poetry Ireland Review, Stand, The Irish Times, and The Shop. Her debut collection Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers (2018) is published by Salmon Poetry.

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Rachel Coventry reads for Speakeasy

Rachel Coventry’s poems appear in The North, The Moth, Abridged, Poetry Ireland Review, Stand, The Irish Times, and The Shop. Her debut collection Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers (2018) is published by Salmon Poetry.

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Eileen Sheehan

Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney and is originally from Scartaglen, in the Sliabh Luachraarea of County Kerry. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad including The Shanghai Literary Festival; the ACIS Conference in Davenport, Iowa and The Cork International Poetry Festival. Anthology publications include “The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets” (editor Joan McBreen/ Salmon Poetry); “Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland” (editor Gabriel Fitzmaurice with photographs by John Reidy/Curragh Press) and “The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem” (editors Eugene O’Connell; Pat Boran/ Dedalus Press). Her third collection, “The Narrow Way of Souls” (Salmon Poetry) was launched in May 2018. One of the poems from this collection is on the Leaving Certificate English Syllabus 2019 – 2022.

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Daniele Serafini

Born in Emilia-Romagna in 1952, graduated from the University of Bologna in Literature and Philosophy, is the son of an Italian military pilot between the two wars. He’s the head of the Museum and Gallery Services in the town of Lugo, near Bologna, and the Curator of the Francesco Baracca Museum of Aviation. He has lived two years between UK, Wales and Ireland, and learned French and German at the Universities of Caen (France), Vienna (Austria) and Heidelberg (Germany). He is a poet, translator and novelist and has written seven collections of poems published by Mobydick, Faenza and L’Arcolaio, Forlì: Paesaggio Celtico, (1993); Luce di confine, (1994); Eterno chiama il mare, (1997), which received an honourable mention at the International Prize “Eugenio Montale”; Dopo l’amore, (2004); Quando eravamo re (2012), shorlisted both for the “Guido Gozzano” and the “Città di Marineo” Prizes; Polvere di stelle (2016), Tra le radici e l’altrove (2016); the novel Café Hàwelka (1995) and the short story “Il Maggiore Harris” (1996). Former editor of two poetry magazines (“Origini” and “Tratti”), his poems have been translated and published in several countries. He has translated poems from the British poet Harry Guest, the Irish poets Theo Dorgan, Séan Dunne, Fred Johnston, Gabriel Rosenstock, William Wall, from the French poet Bruno Cany and the Flamish poet Willem M. Roggeman. In April 2019 he read at the Cork World Book Fest and in Skibbereen. According to some critics, Serafini’s poetry reveals the unrest of an “exiled voice” struggled between the research of roots, of a personal Heimat, and the quest of an “elsewhere”. Focusing on some major archetypes such as life and death, beginning and end, he shows a position which is regarded as being critical of modernity and his myths. He has been called “a symbolist and an impressionist of the word” for the recurring evocation and transfiguration of nature in his work, but also a lyric poet both for his language and issues rich in inner contents. where he was also Curator of the Francesco Baracca Museum of Aviation. His father was an Italian military aviator between the wars – he’ll be reading some poems on that subject on 30th April. Daniele has written six collections of poems published by Mobydick, Faenza and L’Arcolaio, Forlì: Paesaggio Celtico; Luce di confine; Eterno chiama il mare, which was shortlisted for the International Eugenio Montale Prize; Dopo l’amore; Quando eravamo re; and his collected poems Tra le radici e l’altrove. He has written one novel, Café Hàwelka.

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Anne Crossey

Anne Crossey was born in South Africa and grew up outside Belfast. She has written two books- The Cloud of Unknowing, Books 1 and 2, which are a selection of articles that she wrote about philosophy, magic and myth for the West Cork Times. She has studied philosophy and psychoanalysis and runs the West Cork Philosophical Society which she started in 2012. She hosted tedx west cork and teaches classes in philosophy and psychology.