Cork International Poetry Festival takes place from 16-20 May 2023.
Some of the many events include:
Eibhlís Carcione & Kevin Graham Poetry Reading
2.30pm, Wednesday May 17th
Cork City Library
Eibhlís Carcione is a bilingual poet and children’s author from Cork. Her three poetry collections in Irish, Tonn Chlíodhna (2015), Eala Oíche (2019), and Bean Róin (2023), are published by Coiscéim. She has won numerous awards for her poetry and was awarded an Arts Council literature bursary in 2021. Her debut MG novel Welcome to Dead Town Raven McKay will be published on the 1st June 2023 by Everything With Words.
Kevin Graham lives with his family in Dublin and works in risk, specializing in environmental liability. He graduated from DCU with a BSc in Applied Computational Linguistics. His poems have appeared widely in print as well as on radio and he has received Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland. His debut collection is The Lookout Post with The Gallery Press.
John FitzGerald & Ailbhe Ní Gearbhuigh Poetry Reading
10.00pm, 17 May
Cork Arts Theatre
John FitzGerald’s collection The Time Being was published by Gallery Press in 2021 and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize. In April 2023 he published a new translation of The Lament for Art O’Leary, also with Gallery Press. He has produced two letterpress editions of his work with The Salvage Press, Haiku na Feirme (2022) and Darklight (2019). He won the Patrick Kavanagh Prize in 2014 and the Atlantic Currents Prize in 2021. He is Executive Producer of six film documentaries and teaches on the MA in Creative Writing programme at University College Cork. He left his post as University Librarian at UCC in 2022 to write full-time.
File í Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh as Trá Lí i gCo. Chiarraí. Tá trí bhunchnuasaigh foilsithe aici i nGaeilge ó 2008. Ghnóthaigh Tost agus Allagar Duais Uí hAirtnéide in 2019. Bronnadh Duais Lawrence O’Shaughnessy ar The Coast Road in 2020. D’fhoilsigh Éabhlóid cnuasach úr Tonn Teapsaigh agus Dánta Eile anuraidh.
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is a poet from Kerry. She has published three collections in Irish since 2008. Tost agus Allagar won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2019 and a bilingual collection, The Coast Road, was awarded the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Prize in 2020. Éabhlóid published Tonn Teaspaigh agus Dánta Eile last year.
Tom French & Suji Kwock Kim
8.30pm, Saturday 20 May
Cork Arts Theatre
Tom French’s collections are published by The Gallery Press and have received the Forward Prize for Best Collection (2002), the Dermot Healy Award (2015) and the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry (2016). His most recent book, Company (Gallery Press, 2022), was an Irish Times Book of the Year in 2022 and has been shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize. He lives in coastal County Meath and earns his living in the County Library Service.
Suji Kwock Kim is author of Notes from the Divided Country, which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Whiting Writers’ Award, Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize; Private Property, a multimedia play performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Notes from the North, which received the International Book & Pamphlet Award (UK). Selections from Disorient, her forthcoming collection, have received the O’Donoghue Prize, as well as awards from Poetry London, the Well Review, and Poetry Society of America. She is 2023 Writer-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust.