Molly Twomey’s debut collection, Raised Among Vultures, was published by The Gallery Press in May 2022. Her poems have featured in the Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Crannóg, Mslexia, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. Molly won the Padraic Colum Poetry Prize, the Waterford Poetry Prize and was awarded the Eavan Boland Mentorship Award in 2021.
John McAuliffe has published five collections with The Gallery Press. His first, A Better Life (2002), was shortlisted for a Forward Prize, followed by Next Door (2007), Of All Places (2011), The Way In (2015) and The Kabul Olympics (2020). In 2000 he won the RTE Poet of the Future Award. His latest collection, Selected Poems, was published in 2021.John writes a regular poetry column in The Irish Times.
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh won the 2019 Michael Hartnett Award and the 2020 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. In 2013, her poem ‘Filleadh ar an gCathair,’ was chosen as Ireland’s EU Presidency Poem and shortlisted for RTÉ’s ‘A Poem for Ireland’ in 2015. She has published two collections in Irish, Péacadh (2008) and Tost agus Allagar (2016) with Coiscéim and, a bilingual collection, The Coast Road with The Gallery Press in 2016.
The John Hewitt International Summer School of Literature and Arts Festival is a landmark event within the cultural calendar hosting local, national and international writers and thinkers from literature, politics, media and the arts. It celebrates the joy of the written and spoken word in all its forms, from poetry to politics, prose to performances.