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Red Line Book Festival Poetry NightThe Red Line Book Festival Poetry Night is always a highlight and takes place on Wednesday 18 October at 6:00pm in Clondalkin Library.

Free Admission (Booking essential)

Join host and Red Line Poetry Competition Judge Annemarie Ní Churreáin as she speaks to fellow poets Amy Abdullah Barry, Breda Wall Ryan and Peter Sirr about their work. This will be followed by the announcement of the winners of the 2023 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition.

Amy Abdullah Barry, originally from Malaysia now lives in Ireland since 2003. Amy’s poems have been widely published, anthologised, awarded and translated. She has been awarded literature bursaries from the Arts Council and Words Ireland and is a professional member of The Irish Writers Centre and, an Honorary member of the Pablo Neruda Association, Italy. Amy is the founder of Global Writers. Flirting with Tigers (2023) is her debut collection of poems published by Dedalus Press.

Breda Wall Ryan lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Internationally published and anthologised, her many awards include The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize and Dermot Healy International Poetry Award. A founder member of Hibernian Poetry and Green Kite Writers, her collections, In a Hare’s Eye (Shine/Strong Award 2016), Raven Mothers (2018) and the forthcoming These are my People are published by Doire Press.

Peter Sirr lives in Dublin. The Gallery Press has published his twelve poetry collections since Marginal Zones in 1984, the most recent being The Swerve (2023). The Gravity Wave (2019) was a Poetry Society Recommendation and winner of the 2020 Farmgate Café National Poetry Award. In his book of Dublin essays, Intimate City (2021), he takes us wandering through the streets of Dublin, past and present, tracing old routes and discovering new ones. He has won many awards for his work including the O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Michael Hartnett Award. He is a member of Aosdána and teaches literary translation in Trinity College.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017), Town (The Salvage Press, 2018) and The Poison Glen (The Gallery Press, 2021). She is a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Artist Award and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. Of her work The Yale Review reports that she “often captures a whole world of cultural and historical implications in a single, simple, but metaphorically rich image”. Ní Churreáin is Guest Editor of Poetry Ireland Review Issue 140 and is the incoming Poetry Editor of The Stinging Fly. Info:

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