The John Hewitt Digital Festival of Literature & Ideas takes place this week from Monday 27th July – Saturday 1st August 2020 

Thursday 30th July 2020
Poetry: Gallery Goes with… Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Tom French and Vona Groarke
interviewed and introduced by Nessa O’Mahony

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork City, educated in Cork and at Oxford before spending her working life as an academic in Trinity College, Dublin. A founder member of Cyphers, a literary journal, her collections include The Girl Who Married the Reindeer, The Sun-fish, The Boys of Bluehill and The Mother House. A member of Aosdána, she is also a Fellow and Professor of English (Emeritus) at Trinity College, Dublin.

Tom French
Tom French was born in Kilkenny.  A graduate of The National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Limerick, his first collection Touching the Bones was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 2002.  The Gallery Press has also published his collections The Fire Step, Midnightstown, The Way to Work, The Last Straw and his latest work, The Sea Field, April 2020.

Vona Groarke
Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork.  A member of Aosdána, she was selected as a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library 2018/19 and currently teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.  Her collections published by The Gallery Press include Shale, Other People’s Houses, Flight, Juniper Street, Spindrift, X, Selected Poems,  Four Sides Full and her latest work, Double Negative, was published in 2019.

Nessa O’Mahony
Nessa O’Mahony is a Dublin-born poet. She has published five books of poetry – Bar Talk, appeared (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009), Her Father’s Daughter (2014), and The Hollow Woman on the Island, published by Salmon 2019.  O’Mahony won the National Women’s Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards.


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