The programme for Cork International Poetry Festival 2022 is, as ever, packed with choice and variety.


Events take place from 18-21 May 2022.
Authors from The Gallery Press taking part are:


Wednesday May 18th
8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Thomas McCarthy in conversation with Clíona Ní Ríordáin

Thomas McCarthy was born in Cappoquin, County Waterford and educated at the local Convent of Mercy and at University College, Cork. He has published ten collections of poetry including The Sorrow Garden (1981), The Last Geraldine Officer (2009), Pandemonium (2016) and Prophecy (2019) as well as two novels and two books of non-fiction. Awards include The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry and the Annual Literary Award of the Ireland Funds. A member of Aosdána, he lives in Cork City. The Gallery Press published Poetry, Memory and the Party (Journals 1974-2014) in December 2021.

Clíona Ní Ríordáin (moderator) is a critic, translator and Professor of English at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her monograph, English Language Poets in University College Cork 1970-1980 (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2020. Her translation of Maylis Besserie’s novel, Yell, Sam, If You Still Can appears from Lilliput Press in June. She has edited three anthologies of Irish poetry, including Jeune Poésie d’Irlande: les poètes du Munster (2015), co-edited and co-translated with Paul Bensimon. The duo’s translation of Gerry Murphy’s poems, Plus loin encore, will appear with Circe next August. Clíona sat on the judging panel of this year’s Dublin Literary Award.


Annemarie Ní Churreáin by Enda RowanThursday May 19th
7.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Liz Berry & Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Liz Berry‘s first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) received a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. Liz’s latest collection is The Dereliction (Hercules Editions, 2021), a collaboration with photographer Tom Hicks.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin comes from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Bloodroot, published by Doire Press in 2017, was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award and the Julie Suk Award. She is a recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award and co-recipient of the Markievicz Award. She has received literary fellowships from USA, Germany and Scotland and was Writer-in-Residence at NUI, Maynooth, and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. The Poison Glen is her first collection with The Gallery Press.


Friday May 20th
8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Kim Moore & Molly Twomey

Kim Moore’s pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. Her first collection The Art of Falling (Seren 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second collection All The Men I Never Married was published by Seren in 2021. Her first non-fiction book What The Trumpet Taught Me will be published by Smith/Doorstop in March 2022.

Molly Twomey grew up in Lismore, County Waterford, and graduated in 2019 with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork where she now works as a Library Assistant. She has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Mslexia and The Stinging Fly. She has been chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series and was recently awarded an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Raised Among Vultures is her debut poetry collection.

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