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Bernie McGill

BERNIE MCGILL is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 forthe Edge Hill short story prize, and of the novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines, and for the theatre she has written The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family, works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers' Centre in Dublin and as a Writer in Schools for Poetry Ireland. In September 2018 she takes up the position of Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University, Belfast.

http://www.berniemcgill.com

Bernie McGill
Doireann Ní Ghríofa

DOIREANN NÍ GHRÓFA is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Her next books are Lies (drawing on a decade of her Irish language poems in translation), and 9 Silences, a collaborative book with acclaimed visual artist Alice Maher. Among Doireann’s awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, a Seamus Heaney Fellowship, and the Ostana Prize (Italy). Her artistic practice involves cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. Illuminations Gallery recently featured a solo exhibition of her work in film. Doireann is currently Commissioned Writer for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, an Associate of Trinity College Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, and Artist-in-Residence for Cork Midsummer Festival 2018-2019. 

Further publications from Doireann include Clasp, Oighear, Dordéan, do Chroí - A Hummingbird, your Heart, and Dúlsair.

http://www.doireannnighriofa.com/

(Photo courtesy of Bríd O'Donovan)

 

Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Jessica Traynor

JESSICA TRAYNOR’s work engages with history and its echoes, especially in connection to the landscape, politics and geography of her native Dublin. Her second collection, The Quick, is forthcoming in November 2018. Poet Helen Mort has said of the work: “Visionary, luminous and haunted, Jessica Traynor’s poems are home to a host of compelling characters: witches, changelings, the spirit of Hildegard of Bingen. In The Quick, even the grotesque is rendered with subtle delicacy – a woman whose ‘lungs fold like an origami bird’. These poems will give you goose-bumps.”

Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), her debut, was shortlisted for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, it was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. Cordite Review said of the collection: “The quality of its work guarantees that Traynor is a poet to keep reading and listening to. Her language is fresh, erudite and engaging.”

Jessica is under commission by Poetry Ireland and Chamber Choir Ireland to work with composer Elaine Agnew to create a thirty-minute choral piece for performance in the National Concert Hall in 2019.  In 2016, she was commissioned by the Salvage Press to write a suite of poems in response to Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. She was invited by actor Stephen Rea to recite these poems at the Field Day ‘Right to Have Rights’ lecture series in autumn 2017. In 2016, she was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre and the Arts Council to write 'A Demonstration’ for the Easter Rising commemorations.

Her poems feature regularly in international poetry journals and have been anthologised in A Bittern Cry (Poetry Ireland), Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe), The Deep Heart’s Core, If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) and Windharp (Penguin). Poems are regularly broadcast on Irish national radio. In 2016, she was selected as one of the Rising Generation of poets by Poetry Ireland.

Awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014, Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year 2013 and the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. She was the 2010 recipient of a Dublin City Council Literature Bursary. Her poetry has been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish and was projected in Edinburgh, Krakow, Prague and Dunedin in 2014-6 as part of the Unesco City of Literature Programme.

https://jessicatraynor.com/

Jessica Traynor
Annemarie Ní Churreáin

ANNEMARIE NÍ CHURREÁIN is a poet from Northwest Donegal. Her work often explores silence, power and the imprint of stories in the physical landscape. 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 poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018).

In 2016 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award by President Michael D. Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council. She was the 2017-18 Kerry Writer In Residence and the recipient of the inaugural 2018-19 John Broderick Residency Award from the Westmeath Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Council. Ní Churreáin has been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Jack Kerouac House Orlando and Hawthornden Castle Scotland. Her poetry is taught as part of the Writing Program at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Ní Churreáin’s work has been reviewed widely in Ireland and abroad. The Yale Review surmised that “Ní Churreáin often captures a whole world of cultural and historical implications in a single, simple, but metaphorically rich image.”  The Los Angeles Review of Books stated “That Ní Churreáin can condense the prototypical life of a young Irish woman into half a page while sustaining the poem’s impact is testament to her ability as a storyteller, the vividness of her language, and the universality of the portraits she is painting... in which the trans-generational frustrations of Irish women are condensed into a selection of rich, powerful lines.”

Ní Churreáin now lives and teaches in Dublin. She is a member of the Arts Council Writers in Prisons Panel. In 2018-19 she is composing a libretto for an upcoming opera production. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming. More information available from http://www.studiotwentyfive.com.

Biddy Jenkinson

Biddy Jenkinson writes, when she can; gardens, paints and whistles( badly) when she can't. She lives, when possible, in a house, on a hill in Wicklow. The surrounding field is filled with plants and shrubs, to suit bees - bumble bees in particular - and birds.

She is grateful to Coiscéim for publishing several books of her poetry, the latest 'Sceilg na Scál' in 2017. Coiscéim has also published three collections of  her short stories. Two of these collections are detective stories imagining, as detective, An tAthair Pádraig Ó Duinnín, compiler of the Irish Texts Society's Foclóir Gaeilge agus Béarla.

Her plays have won prizes and have - less often - been staged. She would like to mention Aisling Ghéar,  Belfast; Aisteoirí an Spidéil, Conamara; Lab na Mainistreach, Daingean Uí Chúis; Guthanna Binne Síoraí, Dublin as companies to which she is indebted.

She has no taste for writing - however fine - that adds to the world reserve of gloom. Her own ambition is to pull the devil by the tail and get away with it.

Biddy Jenkinson
Rosemary Jenkinson

Rosemary Jenkinson was born in Belfast and is a playwright and short story writer. She has taught English in Athens, Nancy, Prague and Warsaw. Plays include The Bonefire (winner of the 2006 Stewart Parker BBC Radio Award), Johnny Meister + The Stitch, Basra Boy, White Star of the NorthPlanet BelfastHere Comes the NightMichelle and Arlene, May the Road Rise Up and Lives in Translation. She was the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre Belfast and 2010 writer-on-attachment at the National Theatre Studio in London. Her plays have been performed in Belfast, Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York and Washington DC.

Her collections of short stories are Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54 (Lagan Press 2004), Aphrodite’s Kiss (Whittrick Press 2016) and Catholic Boy (Doire Press 2018). The Irish Times singled out Catholic Boy for ‘an elegant wit, terrific characterization and an absolute sense of her own particular Belfast’. Stories have also appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Fish Anthology and The Glass Shore

Writing for radio includes Castlereagh to Kandahar (BBC Radio 3) and The Blackthorn Tree (BBC Radio 4). 

Essays on the nature of writing, Northern Irish identity and women’s writing have appeared in Female Lines, The Irish Times and on BBC World Service.

Rosemary Jenkinson
Cónal Creedon

Cónal Creedon is a novelist, playwright and documentary filmmaker.

Appointed Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at University College Cork (2016).

His published books include: Pancho and Lefty Ride Out (1995), Passion Play [‘Book of The Year’ BBC4 Saturday Review](1999), Second City Trilogy (2007), The Immortal Deed Of Michael O’Leary (2015), Cornerstone, an anthology of student writing. (ed.) UCC/Cork City Libraries (2017).

His prose has been translated into German, Bulgarian, Italian, Chinese with English extracts published in China.

Cónal’s stage plays include: The Trial Of Jesus (2000), Glory Be To The Father (2002), After Luke (2005), When I Was God (2005), The Cure (2005). His plays received critical acclaim in Shanghai, China, when they featured at World Expo Shanghai (2010) and The JUE International Arts Festival Shanghai (2011). The USA premieres were produced at The Irish Repertory Theatre, New York (2009) and the Green Room Theatre, New York (2013). The New York productions were critically acclaimed.

Awarded

– Two Irish National Business To Arts Awards (2000)

– Best Director 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2009)

– Best Actor  at 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2013)

– Best Actor

– Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

– Irish Times Theatre Awards (2000)

– Best Playwright at 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2013)

Creedon has written over 60 hours of original radio drama — broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His work has achieved recognition in the One Voice Monologue Awards (BBC), The Francis McManus Awards (RTÉ), The PJ O’Connor Awards (RTÉ) and has represented Ireland in the BBC World Service World Play Radio Drama Competition. Critical reviews of Cónal’s radio work include commendations in the Irish Times radio critics list of Best Radio of the Year for 1994 and 1997.

Cónal has produced, written and directed a number of film documentaries: The Burning of Cork (2005), Why the Guns Remained Silent in Rebel Cork (2006), If it’s Spiced Beef (2007), The Boys of Fairhill (2009). His documentary, Flynnie: The Man Who Walked Like Shakespeare (2008) was shortlisted for Focal International Documentary Awards UK London. Creedon’s documentaries were broadcast by RTÉ TV – and had numerous public screenings including at the Irish Pavilion in Shanghai China, during World Expo 2010.

 

Public Readings/Lectures/Workshops

Don't be fretting now about the past gone glories of Irish literary genius since we're lucky to have walking among us Sprachsalz festival [Austria] but heard the man read his work. The brilliance was self-evident and undeniable. The audience were in raptures over the beauty of his sentences and rapier-like wit. He writes about the human condition in ways that find you deep down where you just have to laugh and weep. Read this author and your faith will be restored in both literature and life.    Alan Kaufmann [2016] – Jew Boy, Drunken Angel, The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry]

The members of the Merriman Summer School were utterly enthralled by Cónal Creedon’s presentation of a selection of his writings - a presentation that was warm, deeply insightful, and so humorous and entertaining about the human condition. He was by far one of the most able speakers at the school.    William J  Smyth, Emeritus Professor of Geography, UCC [2015]

Cónal Creedon gave a tour de force reading of his work as it applies to the theme of 'love and marriage' at the 2015 Merriman Summer School in Ennis, Co. Clare. The audience reacted to Conal's brilliant writing.    Professor Linda Connolly, Director Merriman Summer School [2015]

Cónal Creedon was a massive hit. A festival highlight and I hope he will come back.    Pat McCabe – Flat Lake Festival [2011]

Cónal Creedon brought the house down at this year’s Flat Lake Festival - any comic would envy the laughs he elicited from the audience.    Eoin Butler-Kennedy – The Irish Times [July 2011]

Creedon is a skillful reader…managing to keep the crowd engaged is a challenging feat for many writers who are often able to captivate with the written word [but] less so with the spoken word. Creedon is able to capture the simple moments of people's lives with honesty and humour.    Shanghai International Literary Festival - The Shanghai Daily – Shanghai City Weekend – Trista Marie [Lit. Review THAT’S Shanghai]

Conal Creedon’s reading at the Rock on The Fall’s Road – stole the show and the hearts of everyone who heard him that afternoon. A highlight of the West Belfast Feile.    Danny Morrison – Director of West Belfast Festval  Feile na Phobail.

Cónal Creedon
William Wall

William Wall is a novelist, poet and short story writer. He is the author of six novels (one forthcoming 2019), four collections of poetry and three of short fiction. His work concerns itself with political and social themes – class in Ireland, the family, corruption, the urban/rural divide – as well as personal themes of love, loss and suffering. He is, perhaps, best known for his  striking prose, his writing of complex female characters and his long commitment to representing the complexity, internal tensions and destructive forces inherent in the nuclear family in Ireland. In this context his five published novels, in particular, can be read as a single oeuvre.

 

Born in Cork, Ireland, he now divides his time between Cork and Liguria, Italy.

 

‘Wall writes prose so charged – at once lyrical and syncopated – that it’s as if Cavafy had decided to write about a violent Irish household’. — The New Yorker

‘Wall’s touch with characterisation is light and deft: many illustrate themselves plainly with just a few lines of dialogue.’ — The Guardian

‘Wall engages not just with current Irish economic and political crises but Ghost Estate is also a book that explores the larger, darker contexts of our contemporary historical climate.’ — Southword

 

He is the first European winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize (2017) and has toured the US East Coast with the resulting collection of short fiction called The Islands.

He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the School of English, University College Cork, the first such doctorate awarded in Ireland.

His 2005 novel This is The Country was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and the Mind Prize.

His short fiction and poetry have won The Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Virginia Faulkner Award, The Sean O’Faoláin Prize, several Writer’s Week prizes, The Patrick Kavanagh Award and been shortlisted for numerous others including The Raymond Carver Award, The Manchester Fiction Prize and The Hennessy Prize. He has received Irish Arts Council Bursaries, travel grants from Culture Ireland and translations of his books have been funded by Ireland Literature Exchange. He has received public commissions.

He is not a member of Aosdána for political reasons explained in his essay ‘Riding Against The Lizard’ (see http://williamwall.net/free-books-and-essays.html). His work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Latvian, Serbian and Catalan. He has a particular interest in Italy and translates from Italian.

In 2014 he was part of the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange  which gave readings at various places in Italy and which led to a joint Italian/Irish set of publications. He was an Irish delegate to the European Writers’ Parliament in Istanbul 2010. He was a 2009 Fellow of The Liguria Centre for the Arts & Humanities. He collaborated with artist Harry Moore to produce the Shadowlands exhibition and book in 2008.

 

Publications

Novels

Suzy Suzy (New Island, Dublin and Head of Zeus, London, forthcoming 2019)

Grace’s Day (New Island, Dublin and Head of Zeus, London, August 2018)

This Is The Country (Hodder/Sceptre, London, 2005)

The Map of Tenderness (Hodder/Sceptre, London, 2002)

Minding Children (Hodder/Sceptre, London, 2001)

Alice Falling (Hodder/Sceptre, London/WW Norton, New York, 2000)

 

Poetry Collections

The Yellow House (Salmon Poetry, Clare, 2017)

Ghost Estate (Salmon Poetry, Clare, 2011)

Fahrenheit Says Nothing To Me (Dedalus, Dublin, 2004)

Mathematics & Other Poems (The Collins Press, Cork, 1997)

 

Short Stories

The Islands (Pittsburgh University Press, USA, 2017)

Hearing Voices/Seeing Things (Doire Press, Galway, 2016) [Collection]

No Paradiso (Brandon Book, Dingle, Kerry, 2006) [Collection]

 

Essays, Reviews, Translations

Most essays and reviews are available to read online at The Ice Moon (http://williamwall.net/The-Ice-Moon/index.html

 

Translation blog:

http://williamwall.net/blog/index.html

 

Email contact: williamwall@gmx.com

Website: www.williamwall.net

William Wall
IFI film list 2018

Please find below the list of films that could be made available with the cooperation of the Irish Film Institute.

- Sancutary, 2017

- Song of Granite, 2017

- Mammal, 2016

- A Date for Mad Mary, 2016

- The Queen of Ireland, 2016

- Handsome Devil, 2016

- Shem the Penman Sings Again, 2015

- Room, 2015

- Brooklyn, 2015

- Glassland, 215

- Calvary, 2014

- Song of the Sea, 2014

 

For more information about the films, please visit the Irish Film Directory.

Please be aware that some films may come with a screening fee which the IFI will try to negotiate down for us on a case-by-case basis.
Films other than those listed above may be available upon request. Please contact the EFACIS Coordinator if you have any questions.

Aifric Campbell

Aifric Campbell is an Irish writer based in the UK. Her novel On the Floor was long listed for the Orange Prize 2012. Previous novels: The Loss Adjustor (2010) and The Semantics of Murder (2008). Short fiction in The Book of Men, The Irish Times, New Irish Short Stories.

Aifric grew up in Dublin and moved to Sweden where she read Linguistics and lectured in Semantics at the University of Gothenburg. After 14 years in investment banking she decided to focus on the fiction she’d been writing since childhood. She received her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2007 where she has also lectured. Her writing has won awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a Thayer Fellowship at UCLA and various writing residences at Yaddo in New York. Aifric teaches at Imperial College, London and has previously taught at the Unversity of East Anglia and the University of Sussex. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, The Irish Times, ELLE, Tatler, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Business Post. She lives in the UK. 

Aifric spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley where she became Managing Director on the London trading floor. Her first novel, Semantics of Murder (2008) was inspired by an unsolved murder of a brilliant mathematician in LA. The Loss Adjustor (2010) tells the story of a woman who is haunted by the loss of her childhood friends. Short fiction:  New Irish Short Stories (2011), FILM: C.K. (2012) inspired by the real life case of an Amsterdam accountant who embezzled 16mill euros and disappeared. Aifric holds a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast (14.9.42) and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland with his wife, Madeline, and four children. He has been a Medical Laboratory Technician, a mature student, a teacher of English and occasionally a Writer-in-Residence (Universities of Aberdeen, Augsburg, Liverpool John Moore’s and Iowa State). After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdana in Ireland.

He has published four novels and five collections of short stories most of which are gathered into Collected Stories (2013). He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio plays, television plays, screenplays, libretti.

Claire Keegan

Claire Keegan was born in 1968 and grew up on a farm in Wicklow. Her first collection of short stories, Antarctica, was completed in 1998. It announced her as an exceptionally gifted and versatile writer of contemporary fiction and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature. Her second short story collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to enormous critical acclaim in 2007 and won her the 2008 Edge Hill Prize for Short Stories. Claire Keegan lives in County Wexford, Ireland.

Claire-Louise Bennett

Claire-Louise Bennett's short fiction and essays have been published in several publications including The Moth and The Irish Times. She received the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013. Her first book, Pond, was published in 2016.

Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan (born 1976) is an Irish writer. His book The Spinning Heart was long listed for the Booker Prize in 2013 and won the Guardian First Book Award in the same year.

Ryan was born outside Nenagh, Tipperary in 1976. He holds a degree in law from the University of Limerick. H worked for the National Employment Rights Authority until April 2014, when he became a full-time writer. Ryan's first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December were between them rejected 47 times before being accepted for publication. The Spinning Heart was longlisted for the Booker Prize. The Thing about December, written before The Spinning Heart, was published in 2013.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin in 1954 and is a graduate of UCD. She lived for one year in Copenhagen, and otherwise has always lived in Dublin.  

She in an active writer, who publishes in both Irish and English. She started writing short stories when she was a student and published her first story in the New Irish Writing Page in the Irish Press, in 1974 (the story was called ‘Green Fuse’), under the pseudonym Elizabeth Dean. For about ten years she wrote occasional short stories, many of which were published in the Irish Press.  Her first collection of stories was published in 1988, Blood and Water, and since then she has written 25 books, including  novels, collections of short stories, several books for children, plays and non-fiction works.

She has reached wide accolades, including The Bisto Book of the Year Award, the Readers' Association of Ireland Award, the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, and several Oireachtas awards. The novel The Dancers Dancing was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2015 she was awarded the Irish PEN award for an outstanding contribution to Irish literature, and in 2016 she was given a Hennessy Hall of Fame award for lifetime achievement.  

She has worked in the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD, as a curator in the National Library of Ireland and has also taught Creative Writing in UCD,Trinity College, the Irish Writers' Centre, and other institutions.

She was elected to Aosdána in 2004, an association limited to 250 living artists who have produced a distinguished body of work that is original and creative. She is a current ambassador for the Irish Writers' Centre, and President of the Folklore of Ireland Society (An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann).

 

Eimear MacBride

Eimear McBride was born in 1976 in Liverpool to Northern Irish parents. Aged two she and her family returned to Ireland and her childhood was mostly spent in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. At fourteen they moved again to Castlebar, Co Mayo. In 1994, at seventeen, she went to London and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre. Much of her twenties were spent temping and travelling. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. It won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize, was shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize and won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014. She moved to Cork in 2006, and Norwich in 2011, where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. She is working on her second novel.

Fran O'Rourke

Fran O'Rourke is an Irish singer who specialises in the songs of James Joyce. A philosopher by trade and Professor Emeritus of the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, he also has a vibrant interest in Joyce and has performed the writer's songs on many occasions, solo and together with guitarist John Feeley. They have also recorded the album JoyceSong - Irish Songs of James Joyce together. Most recently, in September 2017, Fran gave a recital for the Irish embassy in Moscow.

Fran recently completed a second PhD at University College Dublin on James Joyce, Aristotle and Aquinas. As well as performing the Irish songs which feature in Joyce's writings, he has recently lectured on philosophical elements in Joyce in Houston, Berkeley, Rome, Shanghai and Novosibirsk. He is happy to give both a talk on Joyce and philosophy, as well as a recital of Joyce-related Irish songs.

Fran retired in 2016 as professor of Philosophy from University College Dublin, where he taught for thirty six years. A graduate of University College Galway, he studied at the universities of Vienna, Köln, Louvain, and Leuven, where he received his PhD summa cum laude in 1986. He has held Fulbright and Onassis fellowships, and in 2003 was Visiting Research Professor at Marquette University.

His book Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas (2005) was described by Alasdair MacIntyre as ‘one of the two or three most important books on Aquinas published in the last fifty years’. His study of James Joyce and Aristotle, Allwisest Stagyrite: Joyce’s Quotations from Aristotle, was published by the National Library of Ireland in 2005. His latest publications, Aristotelian Interpretations (by the Irish Academic Press) also contains an extensive chapter on Joyce.

 

Photo: Fran with Joyce's guitar, repair of which he sponsored.

Fran O'Rourke
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John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945, the youngest of three siblings. He was educated at Christian Brothers schools and St Peter’s College, Wexford. After college John worked as a clerk for Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, before joining The Irish Press as a sub-editor in 1969. Continuing with journalism for over thirty years, John was Literary Editor at The Irish Times from 1988 to 1999. 

Banville published his first book, a collection of short stories titled Long Lankin, in 1970. When he turned 70 in 2015 one might have thought he would start to slow down, but on the contrary, he seems to go into a higher gear, having two new books in the pipeline for 2017 and doing some teaching stints. He is an author who is already translated into many languages, and one of the leading literary voices in Ireland with international scope and appeal to many different. The fact that he is strongly influenced by Yeats creates a link to our previous translating project Yeats Reborn (2013-2015); however, Banville's charm is of course the beautiful prose in which he interweaves philosophy and aesthetics. So the EFACIS board decided that we would launch the Banville Project: Literature as Translation.

John Banville
John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.

He has published 10 novels for adults and five for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was made into a Miramax feature film. It has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. He is also the author of the short story collection Beneath The Earth.

In 2012, he was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for his body of work. He has also won 3 Irish Book Awards, for Children’s Book of the Year, People’s Choice Book of the Year and Short Story of the Year. Furthermore, He has won a number of international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.

His most recent novel, The Heart's Invisible Furries, was published in early 2017.

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. He is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea, Redemption Falls, Ghost Light and The Thrill of it All, as well as two collections of short stories, True Believers and Where Have You Been?, and a number of bestselling works of non-fiction. He has also written radio diaries, film scripts and stage-plays including the multiple award-winning Red Roses and Petrol and an acclaimed adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel My Cousin Rachel.

With composer Brian Byrne he wrote the songs for the dance show Heartbeat of Home (2013). His live stage show with Philip King, Whole World Round, has been presented all over Ireland, in London, and at New York’s Lincoln Center, featuring many celebrated musicians as special guests, including Paul Brady, Camille O’Sullivan, Glen Hansard, Eimear Quinn and Martin Hayes. He has also worked with The Chieftains, Jack L and Scullion.

His novel Star of the Sea was an international bestseller, selling more than a million copies and being published in 38 languages. It won France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, the Irish Post Award for Fiction, the Neilsen Bookscan Golden Book Award, an American Library Association Award, the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Hall of Fame Award, and the Prix Litteraire Zepter for European Novel of the Year. His novel Ghost Light was chosen as Dublin’s One City Book novel for 2011.

In 2009 he was the Harman Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Baruch College, City University of New York. In December 2011, he received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from University College Dublin. He received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2012. His latest novel is The Thrill of it All, published in May 2014 by Harvill Secker. In 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

Joseph O'Neill

Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork in 1964. He is of half-Irish and half-Turkish ancestry. O'Neill's parents moved around much in O'Neill's youth: O'Neill spent time in Mozambique as a toddler and in Turkey until the age of four, and he also lived in Iran. From the age of six, O'Neill lived in the Netherlands, where he attended the Lycée français de La Haye and theBritish School in the Netherlands. He read law at Girton College, Cambridge, preferring it over English because "literature was too precious" and he wanted it to remain a hobby. O'Neill started off his literary career in poetry but had turned away from it by the age of 24. After being called to the English Bar in 1987, he spent a year writing his first novel. O'Neill then entered full-time practice as a barrister in London, principally in the field of business law. Since 1998 he has lived in New York City.

O'Neill is the author of four novels. Netherland was published in May 2008 and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was called "the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we've yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell". It was also included in The New York Times list of the 10 Best Books of 2008. Literary critic James Wood called it "one of the most remarkable postcolonial books I have ever read". In an interview with theBBC in June 2009, US President Barack Obama revealed that he was reading it, describing it as "an excellent novel." Among the books on the longlist, it was the favourite to win the Man Booker Prize. However, on 9 September 2008, the Booker nominee shortlist was announced, and the novel failed to make the list. The book received the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the 2009 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award.

He is also the author of a non-fiction book, Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 and a book of the year for the Economist and the Irish Times. Additionally, O'Neill has written literary and cultural criticism, most regularly for The Atlantic Monthly. His latest novel, The Dog, released in September 2014, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and named a Notable Book of 2014 by The New York Times.

Joseph O'Neill is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Written Arts at Bard College.

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is an Irish writer. He is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His 2015 novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize and is one of seven books by Irish authors nominated for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world's most valuable annual literary fiction prize for books published in English.

Born in Limerick, Barry spent much of his youth travelling, living in 17 addresses by the time he was 36. He lived variously in Cork, Santa Barbara, Barcelona, and Liverpool before settling in Sligo, purchasing and renovating a run-down Royal Irish Constabulary barracks. His decision to settle down was driven primarily by the increasing difficulty in moving large quantities of books from house to house. In Cork Barry worked as a freelance journalist, contributing a regular column to theIrish Examiner. Keen to become a writer, he purchased a caravan and parked it in a field in West Cork, spending the next six months writing what he described as a "terrible novel'.

In 2007 he won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection There are Little Kingdoms. In 2011 he released his debut novel City of Bohane, which was followed in 2012 by the short story collection Dark Lies the Island. Barry won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel City of Bohane in 2013. Barry was the Ireland Fund Artist-in-Residence in the Celtic Studies Department of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto in October 2010.

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Mary O'Donnell

Mary O’Donnell is the author of eleven books, both poetry and fiction, and has also co-edited a book of translations from the Galician (See Books Published). Her titles include the best-selling literary novel The Light-Makers, Virgin and the Boy, and The Elysium Testament, as well as poetry such as The Place of Miracles, Unlegendary Heroes, and her most recent critically acclaimed sixth collection The Ark Builders (Arc Publications UK, 2009). She has been a teacher and has worked intermittently in journalism, especially theatre criticism. Her essays on contemporary literary issues are widely published. She also presented and scripted three series of poetry programmes for the national broadcaster RTE Radio, including a successful series on poetry in translation during 2005 and 2006 called 'Crossing the Lines'. Today, she teaches creative writing in a part time capacity at NUI Maynooth, and has worked on the faculty of Carlow University Pittsburgh's MFA programme in creative writing, as well as on the faculty of the University of Iowa's summer writing programme at Trinity College Dublin.

In 2011, she received the President's Alumni Award at NUI Maynooth.

In December 2001 she was elected to the membership of Aosdana, the multidisciplinary organisation of Irish artists which is administered by the Irish Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaine). Aosdana honours artists engaged in literature, music and the visual arts who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.

She is a member of the Irish Writers' Union and served for three years as an external representative for arts and culture on the Governing Authority of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Mary O'Donnell now lives near Straffan, County Kildare.

Mary O'Malley

Mary O’Malley (b. 1954) was born in Connemara, Ireland and was educated at University College Galway. The poet has published multiple collections since 1990 and contributed to three anthologies.

O’Malley’s poetry has reached acclaim in Ireland and abroad. Her most recent work Playing the Octopus (2016) is “a very fine and hugely varied collection of poetry” with concerns ranging from” from the ecological, to surviving in lonely cities with brio” (Irish Examiner). She has received numerous awards, including being elected to the membership of Aosdána, an association limited to 250 living artists who have produced a distinguished body of work that is original and creative.

An award-winning poet, O’Malley has also been a seasoned educator. She spent eight years living in Portugal, teaching at the Universidade Nova. She authored the Cuirt International Poetry Festival educational programme when serving on the committee for eight years. She taught on MA programmes for Writing and Education in the Arts at NUI Galway for ten years, held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013, and has held Residencies in Paris, Tarragona, New York, NUI Galway, as well as in Derry, Belfast and Mayo.

O’Malley’s work stretches beyond poetry. She has been active in environmental education for twenty years with a specific interest in the sea and bogland. Valparaiso published in 2012 takes as its central axis her residency on the national marine research ship The Celtic Explorer. She has also worked with both traditional and classical musicians, having done a residency with trad music in Belfast, and with Music For Galway. She also writes and broadcasts for RTÉ Radio regularly.

Marina Carr

Marina Carr’s plays to date are ULLALOO, 1989; LOW IN THE DARK, 1991; THE MAI, 1994; PORTIA COUGHLAN, 1996; BY THE BOG OF CATS, 1998; ON RAFTERY’S HILL, 1999; ARIEL, 2000; WOMAN AND SCARECROW, 2004; THE CORDELIA DREAM, 2006; MARBLE, 2007; 16 POSSIBLE GLIMPSES, 2009.  Her two plays for children are MEAT AND SALT, 2003 and THE GIANT BLUE HAND, 2004.  The RSC produced the world premiere of her reimagining of HECUBA at the Swan Theatre in September 2015, and in August 2015 the Abbey Theatre produced a major revival of BY THE BOG OF CATS.  Her reimagining of ANNA KARENINA played for two months in the Abbey Theatre’s main house  finishing at the end of January 2017.

Her work has been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, The Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre, The RSC, The Tricycle, The MacCarter Theatre, San Diego Rep, Milwaukee rep.

She is translated into many languages and produced around the world.

She also wrote a new, contemporary translation of RIGOLETTO for Opera Theatre Company, which toured Ireland in 2015, and wrote an original oratorio as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Prizes include WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZE, THE SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE, THE AMERICAN/IRELAND FUND AWARD, THE E.M FORSTER AWARD from the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS, THE MACAULAY FELLOWSHIP, THE PUTERBAUGH FELLOWSHIP. She is a member of AOSDANA. 

She has taught at TRINITY, at VILLANOVA, at PRINCETON. Currently she lectures in the English department at DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY.

She is published by THE GALLERY PRESS, NICK HERN BOOKS and FABER & FABER.   

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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest poets in Ireland, also reputed for her dedication and defence of the Irish language. Ní Dhomhnaill has published extensively and her works include poetry collections, children’s plays, screenplays, anthologies, articles, reviews and essays. In her writings, Ní Dhomhnaill focuses on the rich traditions and heritage of Ireland, and draws upon themes of ancient Irish folklore and mythology that intermingle with contemporary issues concerning femininity, sexuality and culture. In 1981, Ní Dhomhnaill published her fist poetry collection, An Dealg Droighin (Cork: Mercier Press), and became a member of Aosdána. Other works include Féar Suaithinseach (Maynooth: An Sagart,1984); Feis (An Sagart, 1991), and Cead Aighnis (translated by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Medbh McGuckian; An Sagart, 1999). Ní Dhomhnaill’s poems appeared in English translation in the dual-language editions Rogha Dánta/Selected Poems (Dublin: Raven Arts Press, 1986, 1988, 1990; translated by Michael Harnett); The Astrakhan Cloak (Oldcastle: Gallery translated by Paul Muldoon, 1991, 1992), Pharaoh’s Daughter (Gallery, 1990), and The Fifty Minute Mermaid (translated by Paul Muldoon; Gallery, 2007).

In 2018, she received the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award for her achievements in poetry.

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Pat Boran

Poet, writer and broadcaster Pat Boran is one of the best-known of his generation of Irish poets.

He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose — among them Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2015),
The Next Life (2012) and A Man is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017), as well as the humorous memoir The Invisible Prison (2009), and the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop, now in its fourth edition.

He is a former presenter of
The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, and works part-time as a literary editor in which capacity he has edited numerous anthologies of poetry and prose, including, with Gerard Smyth, the bestselling anthology If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, the Dublin: One City, One Book designated title for 2014, and, with Eugene O’Connell, The Deep Heart’s Core (2017).

He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of artists, writers and musicians.

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Patrick McCabe

Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, Co Monaghan in 1955. This writer is known mostly for his dark and violent novels set in contemporary—often small-town—Ireland. His work has been adapted for the screen and the stage.

He has published a children’s story, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1985), and the adult novels Music On Clinton Street (Raven, 1986); Carna (London, Aidan Ellis, 1989); The Butcher Boy (London, Picador, 1992), which was the winner of The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize 1992, and was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize; The Dead School (Picador, 1995); Breakfast On Pluto (Picador 1998), which was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize; Emerald Germs of Ireland (Picador, 2000); Call Me The Breeze (London, Faber and Faber, 2003); Winterwood (London, Bloomsbury, 2006); The Holy City (Bloomsbury, 2008); and The Stray Sod Country (Bloomsbury, 2010).

A collection of stories, Mondo Desperado, was published by Picador in 1999. He has broadcast stories on RTÉ and several plays were broadcast by RTÉ and the BBC. His play Frank Pig Says Hello, based on The Butcher Boy, was first performed at The Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992, and is included in Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (London, Methuen, 1998).

The Butcher Boy was filmed by Neil Jordan in 1996, and Breakfast on Pluto was filmed in 2005, also by Neil Jordan.

Along with film director Kevin Allen, McCabe organises the Flatlake Festival, an annual music festival.

Paul Murray

Paul Murray was born in Dublin in 1975, the son of a professor of Anglo-Irish Drama at University College Dublin and a teacher. Murray attended Blackrock College in south Dublin, an experience that would later provide the basis for the school in Skippy Dies. He studied Englishliterature at Trinity College, Dublin, and subsequently completed his master's in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. He also spent time in Barcelona as an English teacher, a time he did not enjoy, describing it as "a brief and unhappy stint teaching English to a Catalan businessman, who pointed out many faults in my grammar I had not known about hitherto".

Murray has written three novels: his first, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Prize in 2003 and nominated for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was longlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. It was also #3 on Time magazine's top ten works of fiction from 2010. His latest novel, The Mark and the Void, was one of Time's top ten best fiction books for 2015, and joint winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize in 2016.

Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories. Several of his books have been made into films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. Doyle's work is set primarily in Ireland, especially working-class Dublin, and is notable for its heavy use of dialogue written in slang and Irish English dialect. Doyle was awarded the Booker Prize in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Doyle's writing is marked by heavy use of dialogue between characters, with little description or exposition. His work is largely set in Ireland, with a focus on the lives of working-class Dubliners. Themes range from domestic and personal concerns to larger questions of Irish history.

Ruth Carr

Ruth Carr ​was born in Belfast where she lives and works as a freelance tutor and editor, concerned with raising the profile of women in literature. In 1985 she edited ​ The Female Line, the first anthology of women’s writing to come out of Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Women’s Rights Movement, Belfast, relaunched as an e-book with herpress in 2016). She compiled the section on contemporary women’s fiction in ​ The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing IV/V (Cork University Press, 2001), was a co-editor for ​ The Honest Ulsterman​ poetry magazine​ ​ for about 14 years, and she has written an essay on Word of Mouth Women’s Poetry Collective (of which she was a founding member) in the recently published Female Lines ​ (New Island, 2017).   Her poetry has appeared in a wide range of anthologies and journals and she has read to audiences in places including Derry/ Londonderry, Strabane, Armagh, Dublin, London, Lancaster, Moscow, Oslo and of course, her home city, Belfast. She has published three collections: ​ There is a House​ and ​ The Airing Cupboard (Summer Palace Press, 1999 & 2008) and most recently, ​ Feather and Bone​ (Arlen House, December 2017).  ". [Her] poems combine a disciplined craftsman’s feel for imagery and rhythm with personal qualities that I can only sum up with inadequate clichés like warmth and deeply-felt humanity​."​ Louis Muinzer .

Feather and Bone Mary Ann McCracken was born in Belfast in 1770, Dorothy Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in 1771. Their paths never crossed yet their lives shared similar preoccupations and activities - reading, letter writing, enthusiasm for the ideas of The  Enlightenment, the education of the poor, the abolition of slavery and lifelong devotion to a  more conspicuous brother. In writing about them I have kept to the facts - where there are facts - but I have drawn on my imagination to respond to these two women’s deep and lengthy lives. There are lots of gaps - this is not a biographical history. These poems are essentially a personal response to two remarkable women.

 

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Maria McManus

Maria McManus was born between the bridges of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. A poet and playwright, Maria lives in Belfast. She is the author of Available Light (Arlen House, 2017), We are Bone (2013), The Cello Suites (2009) and Reading the Dog (2006) (Lagan Press).  Her writing for theatre includes work with Kabosh, TinderBox, Red Lead, Replay, Big Telly and Off the Rails, a dance company. 

Her passion is poetry in public space, and she has collaborated extensively with other artists to create Cirque des Oiseaux, DUST, and LabelLit. She has performed in Ireland, USA, the Basque Country, Portugal and Sweden.  She facilitates XBorders for the Irish Writers’ Centre and Under the Skin for the Seamus Heaney Home Place.  She has received numerous Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards, including ACES in 2015 and the Artists’ International Award 2016. She is artistic director and curator of Ireland’s only Poetry Jukebox.

Available Light is Maria’s third full collection of poetry. It is a contemporary intertextual exploration of the ancient art of augury – interpreting the will of the gods from the flight patterns of birds. The poems are unflinching and probe and explore questions of love, loss, migration, uncertainty, life and death, in its horror, brutality and beauty.

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Maureen Boyle

Maureen Boyle lives in Belfast. She began writing as a child in Sion Mills, County Tyrone, winning a UNESCO medal for a book of poems in 1979 at eighteen. She studied in Trinity in Dublin and in 2005 was awarded the Master’s in Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast. She has won various awards including the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize in 2007 and the Strokestown International Poetry Prize in the same year.  In 2013 she won the Fish Short Memoir Prize.  In 2017 she received the Ireland Chair of Poetry’s Inaugural Travel Bursary for work on Anne More, the wife of John Donne and she has just received a sixth award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to support the publication of her debut poetry collection, The Work of a Winter and to write for her second collection.  She taught Creative Writing with the Open University for ten years and teaches English in St Dominic’s Grammar School in Belfast. 

 

The Work of a Winter contains poems written over sixteen years.  They range over history, family relations and stories, observations of birds and nature.  They are often narrative, and many attempt to give voice to women and men whose voices we haven’t been able to hear whether from poverty or gender or social standing: a grandfather who worked in the Mill in Sion; Micheal O’Cleirigh, one of the annalists of the first history of Ireland or a woman who is being forced to give up her child in a home on the Ormeau Road.  It reflects the idea that poetry can give intimate imaginative access to people’s lives.

 

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Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, (Liberties Press), a micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories (Emma Press). Her novel The Fire Starters is forthcoming from Doubleday in April 2019.

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Dermot Bolger

Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. His thirteen previous novels include The Journey Home, Father’s Music, The Valparaiso Voyage, The Family on Paradise Pier, A Second Life, New Town Soul, The Fall of Ireland, Tanglewood and The Lonely Sea and Sky, published in May 2016.

His first play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary, received the Samuel Beckett Award and one of his Edinburgh Fringe First Awards. His numerous other plays include The Ballymun Trilogy – which charts forty years of life in a Dublin working class suburb; Walking the Road, about the death of the Irish poet, Francis Ledwidge, during World War One; The Parting Glass and a stage adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses, which has toured China.

He is also a poet; his ninth collection of poems, The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss, was published in 2012, and his New and Selected Poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious, appeared in 2015.

He devised the bestselling collaborative novels, Finbar’s Hotel and Ladies Night at Finbar’s Hotel, to which many of Ireland’s best known writers anonymously contributed chapters.

As an 18-year-old factory hand, he founded the radical Raven Arts Press which first published many of his contemporaries. He closed this press in 1992 to co-found New Island Books – one of Ireland’s leading publishers. He has edited numerous anthologies, including The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction. A former Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and Playwright in Association with the Abbey Theatre, Bolger writes for most of Ireland’s leading newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator of the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards. 

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Born in Cork, Irish poet, translator, and editor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is the daughter of a writer and a professor who fought in the Irish War of Independence. She earned a BA and MA at University College Cork and also studied at Oxford University.

Ní Chuilleanáin uses transformative, sweeping metaphor to invert the structures of interior, natural, and spiritual realms. Awarding Ní Chuilleanáin the 2010 Griffin Prize, the judges noted, "She is a truly imaginative poet, whose imagination is authoritative and transformative. She leads us into altered or emptied landscapes. […] Each poem is a world complete, and often they move between worlds, as in the beautiful ‘A Bridge between Two Counties.’  These are potent poems, with dense, captivating sound and a certain magic that proves not only to be believable but necessary, in fact, to our understanding of the world around us."

Ní Chuilleanáin is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Acts and Monuments (1966), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award; The Magdalene Sermon (1989), which was selected as one of the three best poetry volumes of the year by the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Poetry Book Prize Committee; Selected Poems (2009); and The Sun-fish (2010), which won the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her most recent volume, The Boys of Bluehill (2015), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She translated two books by the Romanian poet Ileana Malancioiu,  After the Raising of Lazarus (2005) and The Legend of the Walled-Up Wife (2012), as well as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s The Water Horse (2001, co-translated with Medbh McGuckian). Ní Chuilleanáin’s work has been featured in several anthologies, including The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Poetry, 1967-2000 (1999, edited by Peggy O’Brien).

Since 1975 she has edited the literary magazine Cyphers, and she has also edited Poetry Ireland Review. She has taught at Trinity College Dublin since 1966. With her husband, poet Macdara Woods, she divides her time between Ireland and Italy.

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Mick Greer and Paul O'Hanrahan

Mick Greer and Paul O’Hanrahan are experienced actors and Joyce scholars. This year their EFACIS tour is an adaptation of the story Counterparts from Dubliners with extracts from the Wandering Rocks episode of Ulysses, combining an intensive experience of Dubliners with an overview of Joyce's Dublin from Ulysses.

The stories in Dubliners are humorous, poignant and sharply observed cameos: in Counterparts the pressures of work lead to a night on the town that promises more than it delivers. Wandering Rocks provides a counterpoint from Ulysses: a pivotal chapter, it consists of a number of short scenes which provide an introduction to a number of Joyce’s characters and thematic preoccupations. Taken together, these vignettes form an image of the political and social pressures weighing on Dublin on 16 June 1904, the day on which Ulysses is set.

The show takes the form of a dramatised reading which serves as a platform for theatrical performances designed to animate Joyce’s text so as to enhance its appeal to students and newcomers to Joyce. At the same time, the juxtaposition of work from Dubliners and Ulysses offers scope for comparison that will challenge and intrigue those already familiar with Joyce’s work. The 75-minute duration of the piece provides time for questions afterwards.

Balloonatics is a Dublin-based theatre company which emerged out of an award-winning production of Circe, from Joyce’s Ulysses, at the 1983 Edinburgh Festival, in which Mick Greer took the lead role and Paul O’Hanrahan directed. From early days as Cambridge University students, the pair have acted together many times since on a range of Joyce adaptations including Nightfall from Finnegans Wake and the Cyclops episode from Ulysses. Cyclops was produced at the Joyce centenary in Dublin in 2004, the Old Vic Theatre in London in 2005 and a year later at the Merriman Summer School, in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare.

Paul and Mick teamed up again in Dublin to present Joycean theatre for Bloomsday 2012 and gave a seminar on ‘Performing Finnegans Wake’ at the International Joyce Symposium in Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014 they performed two stories from Joyce’s Dubliners on an EFACIS tour of universities in Portugal including Lisbon, Porto and Braga.

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Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy is a page and performance poet from Galway. Her most recent collection 'The Truth and Other Stories' and was published by Salmon Poetry in 2014. She has two previous collections to her name, Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies. (Salmon Poetry, 2012).

She has been placed or shortlisted in several of Ireland’s most prestigious written poetry competitions including The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Listowel Collection of Poetry Prize and The Patrick Kavanagh Award. Her work has been anthologised in ‘Windharp: Poems from Ireland since 1916’ Edited by Niall Mc Monagle and in ‘Even the Daybreak 35 years of Salmon Poetry’ Edited by Jessie Lendennie’ and included in Poetry Ireland Review’s Rising Generation issue. Her work has been published in the United States, Canada and the UK, and in translation in Poland, Slovenia, Mexico and Italy. 

In performance poetry she won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships in 2011, she was runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam Final in both 2012 and 2013 and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships in 2013. In 2015 she won the Bogman’s Cannon Irish People’s Poet award.  She is on twitter @sarahmaintains and her books can be ordered here.

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Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands in 1964. She attended Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork. Her collections published by The Gallery Press include Shale (1994), Other People’s Houses (1999),  Flight (2002), shortlisted for the Forward Prize (UK) in 2002 and winner of the Michael Hartnett Award in 2003,Juniper Street (2006), Spindrift (2009) and X (2014), both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Poetry prizes include the Hennessy Award, the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, Strokestown International Poetry Award, the Stand Magazine Poetry Prize, and runner-up in the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition (2003). In 2008, her version of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s eighteenth-century Irish poem was published as Lament for Art O’Leary. She has been Writer-in-Residence with the National University at Galway and at Maynooth, and was co-holder of the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University (Spring 2004). She now lives in Manchester where she teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.

Claire Kilroy

Claire Kilroy's debut novel All Summer was described in The Times as 'compelling ... a thriller, a confession and a love story framed by a meditation on the arts', and was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her second novel, Tenderwire was shortlisted for the 2007 Irish Novel of the Year and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. It was followed, in 2009, by the highly acclaimed novel, All Names Have Been Changed. Educated at Trinity College, she lives in Dublin.

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Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in Ireland in 1955 and was educated at University College Dublin where he read History and English. After graduating, he lived and taught in Barcelona, a city that he later wrote about in Homage to Barcelona (1990). He returned to Ireland and worked as a journalist before travelling through South America and Argentina. He is the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction and is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award in 1995 by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a member of Aosdána, an Irish organisation founded to promote the arts.

His novels include The South (1990), The Heather Blazing (1992), The Story of the Night (1996), The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Master (2004). He also writes non-fiction: The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe(1994) and The Irish Famine (1999) (with Diarmaid Ferriter). His latest books are Brooklyn (2009), winner of the 2009 Costa Novel Award; a collection of short stories, The Empty Family (2010); New Ways to Kill Your Mother (2012), a book of essays, and The Testament of Mary (2012), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

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Deirdre Madden

Deirdre Madden is one of Ireland’s leading authors. In understated, but resonant, prose she returns again and again to themes of memory, identity, the complexity of family relationships, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the integrity of the artistic life. Her work has won many prizes and has been widely translated into other languages.

Deirdre Madden was born in 1960 into a Northern Irish Catholic family in Toomebridge, County Antrim, the setting for some of her novels. Her father was a sand merchant, her mother a teacher. The outbreak of the Troubles in the North disrupted what was otherwise a happy childhood spent reading books. Despite the political tensions, a successful school career led her in 1979 to study English at Trinity College Dublin where she has said she felt immediately at home. While still a student, her first short stories were published in The Irish Press by David Marcus, the editor who launched the careers of so many Irish writers. This early success inspired Madden to pursue a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, the springboard for much fine contemporary writing. At UEA, she studied with Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

he clarity and understated lyricism of Deirdre Madden’s writing has attracted praise from fellow authors of the calibre of Richard Ford, Sebastian Barry, and Anne Enright. Writing in The Daily Telegraph Adam O’Riordan commented: ‘For almost thirty years, Irish writer Deirdre Madden has published novels of quiet and subtle brilliance’ (6 June 2013). The subtle quality of her writing requires an equally perceptive response from her readers. Such is her accuracy as a writer that to read one of Madden’s novels is less like reading fiction than to experience life unfolding. Her widely acknowledged skill as a novelist and her insightful observations on themes as universal as violence, integrity, family relationships and friendship ensure that her work will endure and continue to attract new readers.

 
‘Deirdre Madden’ by Heather Ingman at https://www.tcd.ie/trinitywriters. First published January 2016.
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Gerry Smyth

Gerry Smyth has been a lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University since 1991. He researches in the areas of Irish cultural history (particularly popular music), modern fiction, post-colonialism, and contemporary critical theory. He has lectured across Europe and the United States, and held fellowships at institutions in Prague, Monaco and Vienna. In 2012 he received Honorary Membership of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, the British Association for Irish Studies, and the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies. 

Gerry Smyth is also a musician and actor. In 2012 he completed his sixth and seventh studio albums, and performed in his own adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s ‘The Brother’ at the Edinburgh Festival. 

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Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast in 1961 and studied on the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia taught by Malcolm Bradbury. He returned to Northern Ireland in 1988 and was Writer in the Community for Lisburn and Craigavon under a scheme administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

He is the author of several novels. The first, Burning Your Own (1988), set in Northern Ireland in 1969, won a Betty Trask Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Fat Lad (1992), was shortlisted for the Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award and explores the effects of the political situation in Northern Ireland through the story of a young man returning to his homeland after an absence of ten years. Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain (1995) narrates the experiences of three people brought together on the Euro Disney construction site. The International (1999), is set in a Belfast hotel in 1967, and tells the story of a day in the life of Danny, an 18-year-old barman. Number 5 (2003), traces the lives of the various occupants of a Belfast house over a 45-year period. That Which Was (2004), is also set in Belfast and explores the interaction between memory, history and society.

Lapsed Protestant, a collection of his non-fiction, was published in 2006.

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Hugo Hamilton

Hugo Hamilton was born the child of German-Irish parents in Dublin, Ireland, in 1953. He only attended schools where the teaching took place in his father's language, Gaelic. As the family spoke no English at home – Hamilton spoke German with his mother –, he learnt the language in which he writes today on the streets. Before he began writing short stories and novels, he worked as a journalist and travelled widely throughout Europe.

To date, Hamilton has published five novels and a collection of short stories. Three of the novels are set in Germany and reflect – determined by the influence of both German and Irish culture – the viewpoint of an outsider. His double cultural background, his "dual" identity have led Hamilton to become one of the "European" voices of his generation. His mother's death stimulated Hamilton to investigate – in "war-love" – his "divided identity" and the "almost-fiction of his own Germanness".

Hugo Hamilton
Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny Abrahamson is a native of Dublin. He studied philosophy at Trinity, where he co-founded the Trinity Video Company with Ed Guiney, who has gone on to produce all of Abrahamson’s work. This entry into filmmaking led to his first short, 3 Joes, which won a number of awards at European festivals. After time spent undertaking post-graduate study and directing a number of commercials, Abrahamson returned to film with his first feature Adam and Paul in 2004, followed by Garage in 2007. Despite having a timeless quality derived from a style indebted to European directors such as Robert Bresson, the Dardenne Brothers and Bruno Dumont, his films remain distinctively Irish. This spare nature is brilliantly balanced to provide audiences with just enough information to draw their own conclusions.

Lenny Abrahamson
Mary McPartlan

Mary McPartlan is one of the most talented singers to come out of the Irish scene in recent years. Born in Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim and now living in Galway, she started singing in the early 70s but it wasn't until 2003 that she decided to make music her full time career. In January 2004 she released the critically-acclaimed album The Holland Handkerchief. The album was nominated in the Irish Meteor Awards in the Traditional Folk section and was voted #1 Folk album by MOJO magazine. Her subsequent album, Petticoat Loose, received wide critical acclaim and confirmed her as among the leading Irish folk singers today. Mary is also a staff member at NUI Galway and was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Lehman College at the City University of New York.

Mary McPartlan
Anne Enright

Anne Enright is an Irish author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novel The Gathering won the 2008 Man Booker Prize which was followed by the Irish Novel of the Year award in 2008. In 2011 her novel The Forgotten Waltz won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. In her writing, Enright often investigates themes like the family, love and sexuality, the Irish past and it affects Ireland's present.

Enright is an alumnus of Trinity College Dublin and the University of East Anglia. Aside from being a full-time writer, she has previously worked for and presented television programmes, and has also taught creative writing at University College Dublin and New York University when she was the inaugural Laureate of Irish Fiction in 2015.

Her latest publications include The Forgotten Waltz and The Green Road.

Anne Enright
Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy was born in Dublin where she still lives. She has published a collection of short stories, A Lazy Eye (1993), and two novels inspired by true events: Mother of Pearl (1995), the story of a stolen infant, and The Pretender, a fictional history of the Polish woman who claimed to be Anastasia, daughter of the last Romanov Tsar. Morrissy has taught in creative writing programmes at the Universities of Arkansas and Iowa in the US as well as in Trinity College, Dublin. A third novel, based on the life of Bella O'Casey, sister of the famous Irish playwright, is under way.

Mary Morrissy
Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian was born in 1950 to Catholic parents in Belfast, Ireland. She studied with Seamus Heaney at Queen’s University, earning a BA and MA, and later returned as the university’s first female writer-in-residence.

McGuckian’s poems are layered collages of feminine and domestic imagery complicated by a liminal, active syntax that, in drawing attention to the weight of one phrase on another, emphasizes and questions our constructions of power and gender. Her work is reminiscent of Rainer Maria Rilke in its emotional scope and John Ashbery in its creation of rich interior landscapes. Praising McGuckian’s Selected Poems (1997), Seamus Heaney said, “Her language is like the inner lining of consciousness, the inner lining of English itself, and it moves amphibiously between the dreamlife and her actual domestic and historical experience as a woman in late-20th-century Ireland.”

McGuckian has earned significant critical acclaim over the course of her career. Her poem “The Flitting,” published under a male pseudonym, won the 1979 National Poetry Competition. In 1980 McGuckian published two chapbooks of poetry and also won the prestigious Eric Gregory Award. Her first collection, The Flower Master (1982), won the Poetry Society’s Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and an award from the Ireland Arts Council. On Ballycastle Beach (1988) won the Cheltenham Award, and The Currach Requires No Harbours (2007) was short-listed for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. She has also won England’s National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Poem.  Her first collection was published by Oxford University Press in 1982 and since 1991, The Gallery Press have published fifteen of her books.  The Unfixed Horizon, New Selected Poems was published by Wake Forest University Press in 2016 and a new selected poems is underway with The Gallery Press. Medbh taught Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens and is a member of Aosdána.

Her honors also include the Bass Ireland Award for Literature, the Denis Devlin Award, and the American Ireland Fund’s Literary Award. She won the Forward Prize for Best Poem for “She Is in the Past, She Has This Grace.”

 

Photo courtesy of Bernie Brown.

Medbh McGuckian
Rita Duffy

Rita Duffy was born in 1959 in Belfast. She received a B.A. at the Art & Design Centre and a M.A. in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. She is one of Northern Ireland's groundbreaking artists who began her work concentrating primarily on the figurative/narrative tradition. Her art is often autobiographical, including themes and images of Irish identity, history and politics. Duffy’s work has grown and evolved but remains intensely personal with overtones of the surreal. Homage is paid to the language of magic realism and always there is exquisite crafting of materials.

She has initiated several major collaborative art projects and was made an Honorary Member of the R.S.U.A. for her developmental work within the built environment. Her work is increasingly shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world. She is an associate at Goldsmiths College, London working on an artistic exchange with Argentina and N. Ireland. Her Belfast studio practice continues to develop and her public art projects are increasingly preoccupied with international themes. Currently she hold a Leverhulme Fellowship with the Transitional Justice Institute, looking at the role art has in post conflict societies. Duffy’s work is being increasingly collected at home and abroad with work in numerous public and private collections. To date she has achieve a long list of awards, "medals" and bursaries for her public and privately commissioned work.

Rita Duffy
Sinéad Murphy and Darina Gallagher

'Songs of Joyce' is a musical extravaganza of songs drawn from the life and works of James Joyce, from bawdy street ballads and sea shanties to music hall hits and folksongs. Performed with gusto by Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher, this musical evocation of an era has been acclaimed by critics and academics alike, and to date has performed sell-out shows all over Ireland as well as Glasgow, Boston, New York and Moscow.

“A Joycean feast of music hall memories….delightful” Anne Madden, The Belfast Telegraph

“Comic joy – with a real sense of joie de vivre.” Alan Chadwick, Scottish Herald

Sinéad Murphy and Darina Gallagher
Steafán Hanvey

In the spring of 2013, Northern Ireland’s Steafán Hanvey (a University of Helsinki and University of Ulster alumnus) embarked on a North American tour to promote his new album Nuclear Family and its artistic corollary, the critically-acclaimed multimedia performance-lecture Look Behind You! ™ A Father and Son's Impressions of The Troubles in Northern Ireland through Photograph and Song. The latter presents a father and son's impressions of the Troubles in Northern Ireland through photograph and song, and amongst other things, considers the Seamus Heaney maxim "The end of Art is Peace”. NPR aired a documentary about the project and featured Steafán and Bobbie in an article entitled: ‘The Heart of the Art’. The New York Irish Echo recently interviewed Steafán ahead of the New York Premiere.

As you will see in the brochure, the project is multidisciplinary and may interest people in the following academic departments: Irish Studies, Literature, Peace Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Media Studies, Music, Sociology, History, and Geography. Given its multidisciplinary nature, it may be suitable for an interdepartmental collaboration of some kind. 

 

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