Artists: Dromineer Literary Festival 2016                                         

  1. Aideen HenryAnne EnrightAnthony Glavin
    Catherine Ann CullenClodagh Beresford DunneColette Bryce
    Danielle McLaughlinDon ShareEleanor Hooker
    Kathy D'ArcyMarita Conlon McKenna
    Mark FiddesÓrfhlaith FoyleRick O'Shea
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  2. 2016 sees an exciting line-up at Dromineer,                                     ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS


Aideen Henry

Aideen Henry

Aideen Henry lives in Galway and is a writer and a physician. She has published short fiction and poetry.

Her short stories were shortlisted for the Francis McManus Award in Ireland in 2011, 2012 & 2015. Her debut collection of short stories, Hugging Thistles, was published with Arlen House in 2013.

Her debut collection of poetry, Hands Moving at the Speed of Falling Snow, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010 and she was shortlisted for the Hennessy XO Literary Awards for poetry. Her second poetry collection, Slow Bruise, was published with Salmon Poetry in 2015.

She has been awarded a Literature Bursary by the Irish Arts Council and has been writer in residence at the Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill Island and at Áras Éanna, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands. Her work has been published in literary journals in Ireland, the UK and the US.




Anne Enright (Photo credit Hugh Chaloner)

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin. In 2015 was named Ireland’s first fiction laureate. She studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is a former RTÉ television producer. A full time writer since 1991, she has lived, for all her writing life, in Ireland.

Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including The New Yorker, Granta and The Paris Review, and she won the 2004 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award for her story, 'Honey'. Her first collection, The Portable Virgin, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1991. A second collection, Taking Pictures was published in 2008 and her collected short stories came out the same year under the title Yesterday's Weather. She has also published a book of essays, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood (2004) about the experience of becoming a mother.

Her novels are The Wig My Father Wore (1995), shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Irish Literature Prize; What Are You Like?, winner of the 2001 Encore Award and shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award; The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002); and The Gathering (2007) about a large Irish family gathering for the funeral of a wayward brother. The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Irish Novel of the Year. The Forgotten Waltz (2011) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her latest novel, The Green Road (Jonathan Cape) published in May of 2015, won the Kerry Group and Eason Book Club Novel of the Year awards 2015, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.




Anthony Glavin

Anthony Glavin

Boston-born writer and editor Anthony Glavin is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Nighthawk Alley and Colours Other Than Blue, and two short story collections, One For Sorrow and The Draughtsman and The Unicorn. Editor of ‘New Irish Writing’ in the Irish Press from 1986-88, he served as commissioning editor for New Island Books from 1995 to 2004, where he edited Nuala O’Faolain’s New York Times No. 1 best-seller, Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, Francis Stuart’s King David Dances, and Joseph O’Connor’s The Irish Male: His Greatest Hits among other titles.

His individual stories have been widely published in Ireland, the UK, and the US, appearing in Best Irish Short Stories, Irish Heritage, Phoenix Irish Short Stories, The Journal of Irish Literature, New Dubliners: Stories to Celebrate 100 Years of Joyce’s Dubliners, Best New Irish Short Stories 2006/2007 (Faber 2007) and New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2011). .

He has also served as editor of ‘New Irish Writing’ in the Irish Press from 1986-88, and as commissioning editor for New Island Books, for whom he edited Nuala O’Faolain’s New York Times No. 1 best-seller, Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, John MacKenna’s Things You Should Know , Francis Stuart’s King David Dances and Joseph O’Connor’s The Irish Male: His Greatest Hits.




Catherine Ann Cullen

Catherine Ann Cullen

Catherine Ann Cullen’s third collection of poetry, The Other Now, is published by Dedalus Press (October 2016). It features new poems and draws from her two collections with Doghouse, Strange Familiar (2013) and A Bone in My Throat (2007). Her children’s books, Thirsty Baby (2003) and the award-winning The Magical, Mystical, Marvellous Coat (2001), were published by Little, Brown in the US. She is part of Eastrogen Rising: A Rebel Cabaret, a show about the women of 1916 performed in Dublin, Cork and Belfast with original songs, poems and short stories. Her work has been anthologised including in If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus 2014). She won the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award in 2009 for her poem ‘Scooter’, and has been shortlisted for many other awards. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, where she works part-time on the Trinity Access Programmes. She is submitting her PhD thesis at Middlesex University in Autumn 2016. She was born in Drogheda and lives in Kimmage, Dublin.




Clodagh Beresford Dunne

Clodagh Beresford Dunne

CLODAGH BERESFORD DUNNE is a 2016 recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Emerging Writer Award Bursary. In April 2016, she, along with Irish poet, Eleanor Hooker, delivered a series of poetry readings, lectures and interviews, in the USA, as part of Culture Ireland’s International Programme. Born and raised in a local newspaper family in Co. Waterford, she has been writing since childhood, and throughout her university years was also deeply involved in international debating and public speaking. She holds degrees in English and in Law, is a qualified lawyer and a member of the National Union of Journalists of Ireland. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Irish, UK and US journals, including The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Southword, The Pickled Body, Poetry 24 and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She lives in the harbour town of Dungarvan in the southeast of Ireland, with her husband and four young children.




Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce is the author of four poetry collections, including The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004) and Self- Portrait in the Dark (2008). Her latest book, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe, was awarded a special Ewart- Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney in 2015. Originally from Derry, she currently lives in the north of England where she works as a freelance writer and editor. She received the Cholmondeley Award for her poetry in 2010.




Danielle McLaughlin

Danielle McLaughlin

Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in various journals, newspapers and anthologies, including The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times,The New Yorker, Southword, The Penny Dreadful and Long Story Short. They have also appeared in various anthologies, such as the Bristol Prize Anthology, the Fish Anthology and the 2014 Davy Byrnes Anthology, and have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. She has won various awards for her short fiction, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition, The Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, The Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival Short Story Competition. In 2013 she was awarded an Arts Council Bursary . Her debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK and US in 2016 by John Murray and Random House. She lives in County Cork with her husband and three young children.




Don Share

Don Share

Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine.  His most recent books are Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he has also edited a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems for Faber and Faber. His translations of Miguel Hernández, awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and Premio Valle Inclán, were published in a revised and expanded edition by New York Review Books, and also appear in an earlier edition from Bloodaxe Books.  His other books include Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), Squandermania (Salt), and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine (University of Chicago Press), co-edited with Christian Wiman, a sequel to which will appear in 2017. His work at Poetry has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and a CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines and Presses) “Firecracker” Award for Best Poetry Magazine 2015. He received a VIDA “VIDO” Award in 2015 for his “contributions to American literature and literary community.”




Eleanor Hooker

Eleanor Hooker

Eleanor Hooker’s second poetry collection A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) will be published October 2016. Her first collection The Shadow Owner’s Companion (Dedalus Press) was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine award for best first Irish poetry collection, 2012. She was awarded 1st Prize in the 2016 Bare Fiction Flash Fiction prize. She curates Dromineer Literary Festival and is helm at Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat.

For more details visit www.eleanorhooker.com




Geraldine Mitchell

Geraldine Mitchell

Before being taken over by poetry, Geraldine Mitchell taught English, worked as a journalist, wrote two novels for 9-12-year-olds and a biography. She also lived in France, Spain and Algeria. She came back to her native Dublin in the 1990s and for the past fifteen years has been living on the Mayo coast, looking out on Clare Island. Geraldine has published two collections, World Without Maps (Arlen House, 2011) and Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014). Her first poem was accepted for publication in 2006 and in 2008 she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. She won the inaugural Trócaire-Poetry Ireland poetry competition in 2012 and was Trócaire’s Poetry Ambassador from 2012 to 2015. She was shortlisted for the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2014 and 2015. Her work has been published widely in Ireland and has also appeared in Poetry London, The Rialto, The Interpreter’s House, Stand and the US-based New Hibernia Review. She is among poets featured in the special issue of Poetry Ireland Review, ‘Rising Poets’, edited by Vona Groarke earlier this year. Geraldine received an Arts Council bursary award in 2011 and has twice enjoyed a residency at the Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill. She is part of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools scheme.




Kathy D'Arcy

Kathy D'Arcy

Kathy D'Arcy is a young Cork poet whose well-received collections Encounter (Lapwing), and The Wild Pupil (Bradshaw) were published in 2010 and 2012 respectively. In 2013 she was awarded an Arts Council Literature Bursary, and in 2014 she received an Irish Research Council Award to undertake a PhD in Creative Writing in UCC, where she also teaches in the Women's Studies and Creative Writing departments. D'Arcy originally qualified and worked as a doctor, and has also worked as a youth worker with homeless teenagers and families in crisis, as well as running creative writing groups for adults and young people. She is also a playwright, and her play 'This is my Constitution' was staged in 2013 at an Irish parliamentary briefing on constitutional change. She is 2016 editor of the Cork Literary Review and of Rhyme Rag, an online poetry journal for young people.

'among the best poems I have read in years' (Thomas McCarthy)

More information on www.kathydarcy.com




Marita Conlon McKenna

Marita Conlon McKenna

Marita Conlon McKenna is an award winning writer of adult and children’s fiction.

Her new novel Rebel Sisters is set during Ireland’s 1916 Rising and is based on real life Gifford sisters, Muriel, Grace and Nellie. Muriel was married to the leader of the Volunteers Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace Gifford engaged to marry the enigmatic Joe Plunkett and Nellie Gifford, a member of The Irish Citizen fought alongside Countess Markievicz in The Royal College of Surgeons. Each of the sisters caught up in the Rebellion and the fight for Ireland’s freedom from British rule.

Since its publication Rebel Sisters has topped the bestselling list and has become a popular book club choice. Her adult fiction includes The Magdalen, The Hat Shop on the Corner, Three Women and The Rose Garden.

Her children’s novel, Under the Hawthorn Tree, has become a classic and is part of the international best-selling ‘The Children of the Famine’ series. Her book awards include The International Reading Association Award (I.R.A.) USA, Osterreichischer Kinder und Jungendbuchpreis, Austria, Kalbach Klapperschlange, German Children’s Choice Book Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

Her books include The Blue Horse, In Deep Dark Wood and Love Lucie.

In February 2016 Marita received The Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Discourse through the Arts from The Trinity College Historical Society, Dublin. A former Chairperson of Irish PEN, the Society for Irish writers Marita is involved in promoting all aspects of writing and literature and encouraging children to read. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.




Mark Fiddes

Mark Fiddes

Mark's controversial debut The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre was published last year by Templar as winner of their Iota Shots competiton. Winner of last year's Dromineer Poetry Prize, he was also runner-up in the 2015 Bridport Prize. Recently his poems been published by The London Magazine, the Southword Journal, Aesthetica, Live Canon and Queen Mob's Tea House. He studied philosophy at Merton College, Oxford before working as a journalist in Washington, D.C and a creative director in London where now lives. A full collection The Rainbow Factory will be published by Templar later this year.




Órfhlaith Foyle

Órfhlaith Foyle

Órfhlaith Foyle’s first novel Belios was published by The Lilliput Press. Her first full poetry collection Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma was published by Arlen House and short-listed for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award in 2011 and chosen as book of the year by Scotland On Sunday newspaper.

Somewhere in Minnesota, (Arlen House, 2011) was her debut short fiction collection, and the title story was first published in Faber and Faber’s New Irish Short Stories (2011), edited by Joseph O’Connor.

Órfhlaith’s second short story collection titled Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin (Arlen House 2014) was chosen as a book of the year by The Irish Times newspaper.

Her work has been published in The Dublin Review, The Wales Arts Review, The Manchester Review, New Irish Writing and The Stinging Fly.

Órfhlaith Foyle was born in Africa to Irish parents and now lives in Galway, Ireland.




Rick O'Shea

Rick O'Shea

Rick has been a radio presenter with RTE 2FM since 2001. On RTE Radio 1 he’s the presenter of The Poetry Programme and a regular book reviewer on Arena.

He’s had epilepsy since he was 16 and has been the National Patron of Epilepsy Ireland since 2006 both fundraising for the organisation and raising awareness of the condition most recently on The Late Late Show as a guest with Joe Schmidt.

He also hosted author interviews and literary panels in recent times with guests as diverse as playwright Simon Stephens, authors Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Chris Cleave and Jessie Burton, journalist Johann Hari at Dublin’s International Literature Festival and Graham Norton at Listowel Writers Week. He conducted this year's Bloomsday Interview with Ayelet Waldman and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon.

In 2015 he co-presented the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on RTE One TV for the first time.

He has been a host and panellist at the Lingo Spoken Word Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, for Dublin 1City 1Book as well as performing spoken word pieces at European Literature Night and Barnardo’s Under My Bed.

He was part of the voting academy for the 2014 and 2015 BGE Irish Book Awards and a judge for the 2015 UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize run by The Bookseller magazine.

He runs an online book club with over 3,000 members.




Robert Peake

Robert Peake

Robert Peake is an American-born poet living near London. He created the Transatlantic Poetry series, bringing poets together for live online readings and conversations. His film-poems have been widely screened in the US and Europe. His collection, The Knowledge, is available from Nine Arches Press.

His previous short collections include The Silence Teacher (Poetry Salzburg, 2013) and Human Shade (Lost Horse Press, 2011).

His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies including North American Review, Poetry International, Iota, and Magma Poetry and have received commendations in the Rattle Poetry Prize, the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize, the 2009 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the 2013 Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and three Pushcart Prize nominations.

Robert grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border, in the small desert farming town of El Centro, California. He studied poetry at the University of California, Berkeley, where he first met Seamus Heaney, and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Pacific University, Oregon.

He is a tutor for UK Poetry Society Poetry Surgeries in the Hertfordshire area and writes reviews for Huffington Post. A computer programmer by training and trade, his current pet project is Poet Tips--a crowd-sourced poetry recommendations website designed to help you find your next favourite poet.




Band Members - Joni Mitchell Project with IMRAM

Band Members - Joni Mitchell Project with IMRAM

Caitríona O’Leary is known internationally for her intense and passionate performances of Traditional Irish song, Folk and Early Music.

Most recently she recorded The Wexford Carols an album of traditional folk Christmas carols with the producer Joe Henry featuring guest artists Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens and an all star band.

She has recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums with her band Dúlra, and the celebrated early music ensembles, Sequentia, The Harp Consort, Joglaresa and eX (the Irish-based ensemble she founded in 2006). These have been for EMI Virgin Classics, BMG Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Heresy Records/Naxos, Vox and Avie.

Caitríona has toured and performed around the world, including such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Cité de la Musique and has appeared at numerous festivals including, Beethovenfest Bonn, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festival Cervantino Guanajuato (Mexico), Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Concerts Spirituels Geneva, Zagreb Summer Evenings Festival, the Split Summer Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, etc.

GRAHAM HOPKINS
Graham Hopkins has played drums with Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning Swell Season, Square Pegs, and The Frames, amongst others. He has toured and recorded with a large variety of artists including Snow Patrol, Therapy? and Dolores O’Riordan.

DICK FARRELLY
Dick Farrelly is an accomplished and much sought after guitarist, and has worked with many leading artists such as Van Morrison, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, Mary Coughlan, and Honor Heffernan. He has also performed with singer Mary Ryan in IMRAM’s blues project.

NICK ROTH
Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer and educator. He has collaborated with Iarla Ó Lionáird. Bobby McFerrin, The Crash Ensemble and many others. He is the artistic director of the Yurodny Ensemble, which performs contemporary interpretations of traditional music from around the world alongside new works by composers inspired by these traditions.

DAVE REDMOND
Dave Redmond has played with Yurodny and in the small jazz combos of pianist Phil Ware, drummer Kevin Brady and veteran guitarists Tommy Hafferty and Louis Stewart. He has also played with Van Morrison.




Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan lives and works in Lough Gur, Co. Limerick. A place of huge archaeological significance and outstanding natural beauty. Lough Gur has been a source of inspiration for his evocative, haunting, other-worldly paintings, which are unique in the Irish contemporary arts scene. 

Ryan graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1987. He lived in Copenhagen and London before returning to Ireland in 1994. He has had many successful solo exhibitions since. He regularly shows in prestigious group shows such as the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibitions. Abroad he has exhibited in Slovenia France Denmark Australia China the UK and the USA. His work is in many public and private collections.

His next solo show will be at Collins-Grant Galleries, Wexford during this years Wexford Opera Festival.




Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy has published nine collections of poetry, The Last Geraldine Officer (Anvil Press Poetry) published in 2009, and his tenth collection, Pandemonium will be published by Carcanet in November.

He has published two novels with Poolbeg Press, Without Power and Asya and Christine. His poetry has been anthologized in many collections, including: The Penguin Book of Irish Verse, Wake Forest Anthology of Irish Poets Vol. 2, Peaches and Diesel (Six Irish poets translated into Russion, British Council, Moscow), The Field Day Anthology (Field Day and W.W.Norton).

He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, 1977, Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, 1981, Irish Arts Council Bursaries in Literature, 1979, 1989, Annual Literary Award, American-Irish Foundation (Ireland Funds), 1984, O’Shaughnessy Prize in Poetry, Irish-American Cultural Institute, 1991.

His poems have been translated into, and published in, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Swedish, Spanish, Romanian, Flemish, French and Japanese. His poems have been broadcast on RTE Television, RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM, Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), Monitor Radio (Boston), BBC Radio Four and BBC World Service.

McCarthy has been Editor of Poetry Ireland Review, 1984-85, Poetry, Stet Magazine, 1989-1992, Cork Review (1999 to 2002). Founder Member, Student Poetry Workshop, U.C.C. 1974-77.

He has served as Director of Creating Writing Workshops, Listowel Writers’ Week 1981-84, Poetry Workshops, Listowel Writers’ Week 1992-95, Poetry Workshop, Arvon Foundation, West Yorkshire, 1989, Writing Workshops, Portlaoise Prison, (Provisional IRA Wing) 1993 and of the Senior Writing Seminar, Macalester College, 1994-95

He has given Poetry Workshops, Seminars and Readings given at Poets’ House, Donegal, Vassar College(N.Y), University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) University of Vermont, University of Iowa, Mag. College, Oxford, Hereford College, Oxford, The Queen’s University (Belfast), Trinity College, Dublin, Sorbonne (Paris), Library of Congress (Washington D.C.) Kilkenny Arts Week, Strokestown Famine Museum, Galway Cuirt Filiochta South Tipperary Arts Centre, Lismore Arts Centre, South Bank, London, Litteraturwerkstatt, Berlin, Solar de Mateus, Portugal, Pompidou Centre, Paris, Boston College and Munster Literature Centre.

Thomas McCarthy was born in a labourer’s cottage rented from Sir John Keane, at Twig Bog Lane, Cappoquin, Co.Waterford in 1954, the son of a bookish postman who gradually succumbed to agoraphobia and depression; and son of an eternally optimistic and light-hearted young mother from Dungarvan. He was educated at St. Anne’s High School (Convent of Mercy), Cappoquin, and at University College Cork, where he studied English, Archaeology and Geography (B.A. 1975, H.Dip Ed. 1976). He was an Honorary Fellow, International Writing Programme, University of Iowa 1978-79, a Librarian at Cork City Libraries between 1978-2014, the Humphrey Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota, 1994-95 and Former Assistant Director of Cork2005: European Capital of Culture. He is a member of Aosdana since 1997.


Of his 2009 collection, The Last Geraldine Officer (Anvil Press Poetry), Bernard O’Donoghue wrote in the Irish Times…
    This book represents him at his best and most impressive. He is an indispensible and unique ventriloquist of voices in modern Irish poetry, whose locality-powered centrality should be paid even more attention than it is.


Of the same collection, Maurice Harmon wrote in SOUTHWORD…
   The Last Geraldine Officer is a major achievement, varying from playful and sophisticated lyrics to a serious account of the progress of a son of the Big House as he engages with and is changed by the disruptions of the Second World War and its aftermath.




Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth is a poet, critic and journalist whose poetry has appeared widely in journals in Ireland, Britain and the United States since the 1960s as well as in translation in several languages. He has published eight collections of poetry, including, A Song of Elsewhere ( Dedalus Press 2015), and The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems ( Dedalus Press, 2010 ) and this month a limited edition sequence, After Easter, with a drawing by artist Brian Maguire will be published by The Salvage Press.  He was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award presented by the University of St Thomas in Minnesota and is co-editor, with Pat Boran, of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song ( Dedalus Press ) which was Dublin’s One City One Book in 2013. He is a member of Aosdána.