October 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Old Kitchen
€7.50 - €10.00


Saturday 5th October 2019 | 3pm | The Old Kitchen | €10 / €30 family ticket (4)





In this event, you’ll hear from five rapidly rising stars of contemporary Irish poetry – Ciarán O’Rourke, Róisín Kelly and Annemarie Ní Churreáin – three poets who have published their first collection in the past year and the two newer voices of Paul McCarrick and Ruth Quinlan from 2019, who are set to publish in the coming months.  


Ciarán O’Rourke, who was born in 1991 and is based in Dublin, is a previous winner of the Fish Poetry Prize, the Westport Poetry Prize, and the Lena Maguire/Cúirt New Irish Writing Award. His first collection, ‘The Buried Breath’, was published by Irish Pages Press in 2018.


Róisín Kelly was born in west Belfast and raised in the rural Irish county of Leitrim. After a year as a handweaver on Clare Island and a Masters in Writing at NUI Galway, she now calls Cork City home. Her first chapbook of poetry, ‘Rapture’, was published by Southword Editions in 2016. Publications in which her work has appeared in Ireland, the US and UK include Poetry, Magma, Ambit, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review and Winter Papers. In 2017 she won the Fish Poetry Prize. Her first full-length collection, ‘Mercy’, is due from Bloodaxe in 2020.


Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from northwest Ireland. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. She is the author of a suite of letterpress poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). Ní Churreáin’s work has been published, read and reviewed widely. In The Yale Review it has been said that “Ní Churreáin often captures a whole world of cultural and historical implications in a single, simple, but metaphorically rich image.”  In 2016, Ní Churreáin was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award by the President Michael D. Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council. In 2017 she was named Kerry County Writer In Residence. In 2018 she received the inaugural John Broderick Residency Award. Ní Churreáin is the 2019 Commissioned Writer at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Dublin, Ireland.  


Paul McCarrick holds an MA in Writing from NUI Galway. He has been published in The Blue Nib, Crannóg, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere. He was part of the 2019 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He has also received an Arts Bursary from Westmeath County Arts Office. He lives in Athlone, Co. Westmeath where he is completing his first collection.  


Ruth Quinlan is originally from Kerry but now lives in Galway. She has won several competitions for her work such as the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust – Poems for Patience competition and the Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction, and her poems have appeared in publications such as the Irish Times, Crannóg, and The North poetry magazine. She was awarded a literary bursary by Galway City Council in 2018 and is currently working towards a debut poetry collection.  






Saturday 5th October 2019 | 3pm | The Old Kitchen | €10 / €30 family ticket (4)