We celebrate New Year's Day with eight powerful voices from Ireland and Northern Ireland:
Iggy McGovern, The Mathematical Barman
Born in 1948 in Coleraine. Since 1979 he has resided in Dublin, where he lectured in Physics at Trinity College until retirement in 2013. He has published two collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005) and Safe House (2010). He edited the anthology 20|12: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines (Dedalus/Quaternia. 2012). Awards include The Hennessy Award for Poetry and The Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. His most recent publication is A Mystic Dream of 4, a poetic biography of William Rowan Hamilton (Quaternia. 2013).PERSONAL STATEMENT "My poetry is characterised by form & rhyme and humour; it also reflects my professional career as a physicist. I am interested in exploring the common ground between Science and Literature."REVIEW EXCERPT “Light, rarely lightweight, McGovern’s voice is very much his own … unaffectedly honest, instructive and entertaining” — Eamon Grennan, The Irish Times, 2011
Eleanor Hooker, Encryptedl
Eeanor Hooker was born in Tipperary in 1963. She lived in the UK for many years before returning to live in Tipperary. Her first collection, The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for best first collection. She has won the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, the Irish Writers Centre’s Francis X Buckley Flash Fiction competition, awarded 2nd place WOW! Poetry Prize, joint 2nd Prize in the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. Her poems have been listed for the Troubadour Poetry Prize (UK), Pushcart Prize (USA), Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Listowel Original Short Poem. Her poetry has been published in journals including: Poetry Ireland Review, POETRY (Chicago) Agenda, The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, The Moth, POEM, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. Magdalena Chojnowska translated five of Eleanor’s poems for the Polish journal artPAPIER. Eleanor has a BA (Hons 1st) Open University, an MA (Hons) Cultural History, University of Northumbria, an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Trinity College, Dublin. She is Programme Curator for the Dromineer Literary Festival and helm for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. Her second collection A Tug of Blue will be published in 2016. (www.eleanorhooker.com)"The Shadow Owner’s Companion is “teeming with both major and minor poems of really notable excellence and quirky intelligence… Hooker has a brilliantly nutured and culturally stretched imagination...” — Thomas McCarthy, Poetry Ireland Review
Patrick Deeley, Lydia Jumped
Patrick Deeley was born in the townland of Foxhall, outside Loughrea, Co. Galway, in 1953. He worked as a primary teacher, and later as administrative principal, in Ballyfermot until 2012. He has published six collections of poems with Dedalus Press: Intimate Strangers (1986), Names for Love (1990), Turane: The Hidden Village (1995), Decoding Samara (2000), The Bones of Creation (2008), and Groundswell: New and Selected Poems (2013). In addition his poems have appeared in many leading literary outlets in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada and Australia over the past thirty five years. They’ve also been translated to French, Italian and other languages, as well as appearing in approximately fifty anthologies. His poem ‘Woodman’ was chosen as one of ‘Ireland’s 100 Favourite Poems’ in a survey organised by The Irish Times, and his most recent poetry awards include the WOW2 and The Dermot Healy International Poetry Prize. His novel for young people, The Lost Orchard (O’Brien Press), won the Eilís Dillon Award and a Bisto Book of the Year Award in 2001. His memoir, The Hurley Maker’s Son (2016), is published in the UK and Ireland by Transworld. He served on the Board of Poetry Ireland from 1984 to 1989."I try for poems that are pertinent to what’s happening now in the world, that are sturdy but light on their feet, plain-spoken but memorable. There’s still room for imagery and metaphor, for the old poetic devices – even onomatopoeia – and I hold to these regardless of what the fashionistas may say."
Elaine Cosgrove, Surfing at Streedagh Strand
Elaine Cosgrove was born in Sligo in 1985. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Bohemyth and by New Binary Press among others. Her work was selected for the anthology Best New British & Irish Poets (Eyewear Publishing, 2017), and was longlisted for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. She has an M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. Transmissions is her debut collection.
Enda Wyley, The Painter on his bike
Enda Wyley has published five collections of poetry, most recently Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, Dedalus Press. A sixth collection is forthcoming. She has been the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdána.
‘Her imagery, honesty and insight make this a first rate work.’ Poetry Ireland Review.
She was born in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin 1966 and currently lives in Dublin. She has published five collections of poetry: Eating Baby Jesus (1993), Socrates in the Garden (1998), Poems for Breakfast ( 2004), To Wake to This (2009), and Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems (2014). Her poetry has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, USA (2010), The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women Poets, USA (2011), Femmes d'Irlande en Poésie, 1973-2013, ed Clíona Ní Ríordáin, and Lines of Vision, The National Gallery of Ireland, 2014. She holds a B.Ed with a distinction in English Literature, was the recipient of an M.A in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and has received many Arts Council Literature Bursaries for her writing.In 2014 she was the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry. In recent years she has been Poet- at -Work in the Coombe Maternity Hospital, Dublin and Writer in Residence at The Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Enda Wyley’s books for children from O'Brien Press are Boo and Bear and The Silver Notebook. Her book I Won’t Go to China! was awarded a Reading Association of Ireland Special Merit Award 2011. Enda Wyley was elected to Aosdána in March 2015.REVIEW EXCERPT "… it is the trembling uncertainties of love itself that Wyley captures here in what may well become a heart-book for lovers old and new to carry in their jeans pocket." — Fred Johnston, on Poems for Breakfast, in Books Ireland
John Kelly, Pike
John Kelly was born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. His poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including The New Younger Irish Poets (Blackstaff Press, ed. Gerald Dawe). A novel, From Out of The City was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Bord Gáis Book Awards, and a radio play, The Pipes, was broadcast by RTÉ. He lives in Dublin where he works in broadcasting. Notions (Dedalus Press, October 2018) is his first collection.
Catherine Ann Cullen, Naming a bridge
Catherine Ann Cullen was born in Drogheda, Co. Louth and is a graduate of the M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. She has published two previous volumes of poems, A Bone in My Throat (2007) and Strange Familiar (2013), while her verse- stories for children, The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat (2001) and Thirsty Baby (2003), have been published in the US, the former winning a gold award for Poetry and Folklore from the American Parents Association. She has made a number of documentaries and a series about food for RTÉ Radio 1 and has produced current affairs, arts and features.
Mark Roper, After The Fall' is from Bindweed
Mark Roper’s latest collection Bindweed, Dedalus Press (2017), was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A Gather of Shadow (2012) was also shortlisted for that Award and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. He has co-authored 3 books with photographer Paddy Dwan, and has written librettos for two operas composed by Eric Sweeney.