Artists: Dromineer Literary Festival 2017                                         

  1. Martina EvansSándor JászberényiSara Baume
    Mark RoperAlan McMonagleGeraldine Mitchell
    Martin MaloneLisa HardingAndrew Tierney
    Yvonne Hennessy (Pearl Phelan Photography)Martin DoyleAmanda Bell
    Edward O'DwyerDani Gill (Julia Dunin Photography)Arthur Seefahrt
    John W SextonEileen SheehanLisa Frank / John Walsh

2017 sees an exciting line-up at Dromineer,

Martina Evans

Martina Evans

Martina Evans is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. 

She is the author of ten books of prose and poetry. Her first novel, Midnight Feast, won a Betty Trask Award in 1995 and her third novel, No Drinking No Dancing No Doctors (Bloomsbury, 2000), won an Arts Council England Award in 1999. Martina’s fourth poetry collection, Facing the Public was published by Anvil Press in September 2009 and has won bursary awards from both the Irish Arts Council (An Chomhairle Eiraíon) and Arts Council England. Facing the Public was a TLS Book of the Year in 2009 and won the Premio Ciampi International Prize for Poetry in 2011. 

Petrol, a prose poem won a Grants for the Arts Award in 2010 and was published by Anvil Press in 2012.  A revised edition of Midnight Feast and Through The Glass Mountain, a new prose poem, were published by Bloom Books in June 2013. 

Burnfort, Las Vegas (Anvil Press 2014) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2015. Mountainy Men, a new narrative poem, is the recipient of a Grants for the Arts Award in 2015. Watch, a pamphlet was published by Rack Press in January 2016 and The Windows of Graceland, New & Selected Poems will be published by Carcanet in May 2016. 

Martina has been Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London from 2003-2007 and again in 2011-2012. 

 She has run workshops in Ireland, UK, Switzerland and the U.S. and taught at London Metropolitan University, University of East London and Goldsmiths. 

Currently she is associate lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University and Creative Writing tutor at the City Literary Institute, Covent Garden, London. She is a lector for the Royal Literary Fund Reading Round 2014-2016.

Sándor Jászberényi

Sándor Jászberényi

Sándor Jászberényi (pronounced shahn-door yahs-beh-ray-nyee), a writer and a foreign correspondent, is the author of the short fiction collection The Devil Is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond (New Europe Book, 2014), which Kirkus Reviews (in a starred review) praised as “heady, dizzying writing . . . a master class in how to tell a war story.” 

 As a correspondent he is based primarily in Cairo, from where he has covered the Middle East and Africa for leading Hungarian online news service and has contributed reporting to the New York Times and the Egypt Independent. Jászberényi has covered the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, the Gaza War, the Darfur crisis, and the conflict with Islamic State. 

 He has also reported on the war in Ukraine. His first collection of short stories, Az ördög egy fekete kutya (The Devil Is a Black Dog), was published in 2013 in Hungary (Kalligram) and in Italian (Edizioni Anfora) and in 2014 in India by the Speaking Tiger Books. Jászberényi’s stories and poems have been published in English in AGNI, the Brooklyn Rail,, and Pilvax.

Sara Baume

Sara Baume

Sara Baume’s short fiction and criticism have been published in anthologies, newspapers and journals such as the Irish Times, the GuardianThe Stinging Fly, Lit Hub and Granta magazine. 

She won the 2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award, and in 2015, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Warwick Prize for Writing, the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and an L.A. Times Book Prize, and won the Kate O’ Brien Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

 In autumn 2015, she was a participant in the International Writing Program run by the University of Iowa and received a Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Her second novel, A Line Made by Walking, was published in spring 2017. She grew up in east Cork and now lives in West Cork.

Mark Roper

Mark Roper

Mark Roper was born in Derbyshire, England in 1951. He moved to Ireland in 1980. His collections include The Hen Ark (Peterloo, 1990), which won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection; Catching The Light (Peterloo, 1997); and The Home Fire (Abbey Press, 1998). Reviewing the latter for The Irish Literary Supplement, Bill Tinley described Roper as "one of the most accomplished and engaging poets writing in Ireland at present." Whereabouts was published in 2005 by Abbey Press & Peterloo; Even So: New & Selected Poems by Dedalus Press in 2008.

His latest collection, A Gather of Shadow, Dedalus 2012, was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2013 and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. A new collection, Bindweed, is due to be published by Dedalus in autumn 2017.

The River Book: A Celebration of the Suir, a collaboration with photographer Paddy Dwan, was published in 2010. A second collaboration with Paddy Dwan, The Backstrand, was published in 2013. The pair are currently at work on a book about the Comeragh Mountains, to be published in 2018.

The Invader, an opera composed by Eric Sweeney to a libretto by Mark Roper, was premièred in Ireland in May 2014. A second opera from the pair, The Green One, received its premìere in October 2016.

Mark has also worked on many other collaborative ventures, including projects with photographer Margaret O’Brien-Moran, painter Susan Hughes and choreographer Libby Seward.

Mark was Editor of Poetry Ireland for 1999. He was the recipient of Arts Council Bursaries in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

A highly experienced Creative Writing teacher, Mark has run courses and workshops in many different settings, including schools, prisons, and senior citizen centres. From September 2002 to May 2003 he was writer-in- residence at Waterford Regional Hospital. Since 2004, he has been a poetry mentor for the MFA in Creative Writing graduate program of Carlow University, Pittsburgh, a dual residency program in the U.S. and Ireland.

Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle is a poet, playwright and short fiction writer living in Galway.
In November 2015 he signed a two-book deal with PICADOR and his first novel, Ithaca, was published in March, 2017 and was immediately nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novels.

He has received awards for his work from the Professional Artists’ Retreat in Yaddo (New York), the Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), the Banff Centre for Creativity (Canada) andthe Arts Council of Ireland. 

He has contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America including The Adirondack Review, Natural Bridge, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Stinging Fly and Southword

Liar Liar, his first collection of stories, appeared in 2008 (Wordsonthestreet). The title story from his second collection, Psychotic Episodes, (Arlen House, 2013) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.

Geraldine Mitchell

Geraldine Mitchell

Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin and, after twenty years away from Ireland, settled on the Mayo coast beyond Louisburgh, sharing the landscape of the two Michaels, Longley and Viney.

In 2008, Geraldine won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and since then has published three collections of poetry with Arlen House: World Without Maps (2011), Of Birds and Bones (2014) and, most recently, Mountains for Breakfast (2017). 

Her daughter, the Perpignan-based artist Lisa Molina, provided the artwork for the covers of her last two books.

Geraldine is also the author of two novels for young people and a biography. She has twice been shortlisted at Strokestown and has also been placed twice at Dromineer, once for poetry, once for flash fiction. 

Martin Malone

Martin Malone

Born in County Durham, Martin Malone now lives in Scotland. He has published a number of pamphlets and chapbooks as well as two poetry collections – The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011), Cur (Shoestring, 2015). A third collection, The Unreturning will be published in 2018. He recently completed a PhD in poetry at Sheffield University, following practice-led critical research that examined twenty-first century legacies of the Great War. He edits The Interpreter’s House international poetry journal and reviews poetry for Stand, Poetry Ireland Review and Cabhsair/ Causeway among others. 

Reviews and comment: 

The Waiting Hillside

“Martin Malone’s debut is breathtakingly assured – a rich, attractively male excavation of time and place, landscape and language every word alert to the elements without and their emotions within.” 


“Malone is a Romantic at heart, feeling the landscape, living the language, catching the drift.” 


“His poems are bold in subject style; his voice never murmurous but full-throated and confident.” 


The Waiting Hillside…must rank among the most sensitive and insightfully touching works on the relationship between a man, a woman and a boy in recent poetry.” 



“Any attempt to forge a new nature poetry in the English lyric tradition is a bold undertaking, but Malone's sensibility and assurance make this possible. His voice is distinctive, his eye clear and sure, and his ability to change pace and direction in a poem makes his work both elegant and surprising.” 


The Unreturning 

“…a triumph of chronotopic synthesis, bringing together in significantly unstable amalgams ranges of language and experience that critically catch and address some of the glaringly painful ways in which we are, one hundred years after, heirs to the Great War’s tragic failures in imagination and intelligence.” 


Lisa Harding

Lisa Harding

Lisa Harding completed an MPhil in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her short story ‘Counting Down’ was a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writer’s Prize in 2013. 

Other stories have been published in The Dublin Review, The Bath Short Story Anthology, Headstuff and have been short-listed and highly commended in various competitions including Fish, Cuirt, Listowel, RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland awards. 

Plays have been produced at The Project Arts Centre, Theatre503 and Battersea Arts Centre in London. Her most recent play, Pedigree, was awarded an Arts Council bursary and a Peggy Ramsay award. 

She has just completed an Irish Writer’s Centre residency at Pavee Point, and been awarded a  DLR Professional Development Arts grant. 

As an actress she has appeared at the Gate, the Abbey, the Lyric, Project Theatre and on RTÉ, among others. Harvesting is her first novel. 

'Harvesting is shocking -- and shockingly good. It is thought-provoking, anger- provoking, guilt-provoking --  and most importantly, it's a brilliantly written novel.' Roddy Doyle

Andrew Tierney

Andrew Tierney

Andrew Tierney is from Portroe, Co. Tipperary, and lives in Dublin. He studied English and Art History as an undergraduate before doing a MA in Art History and a PhD in Archaeology at University College Dublin. 

He has lectured in in UCD and NUI Maynooth and spent three years teaching in the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. He currently works in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture in Trinity College Dublin and is completing the Central Leinster volume of the Pevsner series of architectural guides for Yale University Press. 

In addition to his work on architecture, he enjoys exploring literary fiction and its intersections with real people and places. In 2014 published a study of Malachi Powell, the colourful Dubliner behind Molly Bloom’s father, Major Tweedy. 

His first book, The Doctor’s Wife is Dead (Penguin Ireland, 2017), is a Victorian non-fiction drama set in his native north Tipperary during the period of the Great Irish Famine.

Yvonne Hennessy (Pearl Phelan Photography)

Yvonne Hennessy

Yvonne Hennessy is an animation professional, lecturer and visual artist. She has sixteen years’ experience as an animation industry professional and has worked on a raft of TV series and feature films. She studied Classical Animation at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Dublin and Fine Art at GMIT, Galway. 

She lectures in animation at third level. Her work marries classical animation techniques with installation and sculpture. Hennessy uses natural elements (rushes, peat, twigs, berries) from around her home in Connemara to represent connection in the natural world. Her hand-drawn animation installation juxtaposes natural and inorganic imagery. 

Singularly her frames are a moment in time but together in a sequence they become a movement of growth in space. Hennessy is currently working on a series of paintings and drawings interrogating domestic themes, many of which will feature at Dromineer Literary Festival. She is also working in collaboration with her wife, poet Liz Quirke, on a visual artistic response to poems from Quirke’s debut collection. 

Hennessy’s concerns are representing connection, biology and nature through visual art. See for more information. She tweets about animation and visual art @yhennessy

Geraldine Mitchell

Martin Doyle

Martin Doyle is Books Editor of The Irish Times, which he joined in 2007. He is a former Editor of The Irish Post in London and edited A History of the Irish Post to mark its 30th anniversary in 2000. He was also a staff journalist on The Times for five years. A native of Banbridge, Co Down, he graduated with an MA in French and German from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell's début poetry collection First the Feathers is published by Doire Press, (October, 2017). Her haibun collection Undercurrents, a psychogeography of Irish rivers in haiku and haibun (Alba Publishing, 2016), won second prize in the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award and was shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award by the Haiku Foundation. 

Her illustrated children's book, The Lost Library Book, was published by The Onslaught Press in May 2017. She is the editor of The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work: An Anthology of Poetry by the Hibernian Writers, (Alba Publishing, 2015) and Maurice Craig: Photographs (Lilliput, 2011). 

Amanda’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies including Crannóg, Cyphers, The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Skylight 47, Southword, The Stony Thursday Book and The Stinging Fly

She won the William Allingham Prize in 2015, and was highly commended for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015 and 2016. 

In 2016 she was selected for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series and the Munster Literature Centre's Introductory Readings. S

he has a first class Masters Degree in Poetry Studies, and recently completed a middle-grade econovel, Earthscream: Wolf Mountain Odyssey

She is a professional member of, and mentor with, The Irish Writers’ Centre, and works freelance as an editor and indexer.

Edward O’Dwyer

Edward O’Dwyer

Edward O’Dwyer was born in Limerick in 1984, where he currently lives and writes. His first collection of poetry, The Rain on Cruise’s Street, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2014, from which work was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2015

His work features in many journals and anthologies worldwide and has been nominated for Forward, Pushcart and Best of the Web prizes. In 2010 he was selected by Poetry Ireland for their Introductions Series. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Desmond O’Grady Prize, and the North West Words Prize on three occasions, among others. 

In 2012, he was selected to represent Ireland at Poesiefestival in Berlin in their European ‘renshi’ project. He has read at venues and events such as Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Irish Writers Centre, Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, the Villanova Literary Festival (Slovenia), Over the Edge, O Bhéal, and many more. 

 He has edited two anthologies of poetry for community publisher Revival Press – Sextet (2010) and Sextet 2 (2016). Bad News, Good News, Bad News, from Salmon Poetry, is his second collection of poetry, published in 2017. 

 He is currently working on a third book of poetry, a bunch of short stories, and a series of ‘dark comedy’ micro fictions with the theme of infidelity.

Dani Gill (Julia Dunin Photography)

Dani Gill

Dani Gill is a writer, curator, and creative writing tutor, based in the west of Ireland. Her debut poetry collection, After Love, was published by Salmon Poetry in April 2017. 

She has been included in the Irish women’s poetry anthology Washing Windows, (Arlen House, 2016), and publications such as Prelude (New York) and Freckle (Northern Ireland). 

From 2010-2016 she was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway. 

She was an Advisor to the Galway Capital of Culture Bid and has also worked in theatre. Dani now works as a freelance curator and creative writing tutor for young people and adults. In 2017 she will publish a new writing journal for young people called (un) titled: a journal without labels. 

After Love 

Every person is like a piece of gold. If you were a gold ring, a gold watch, a gold chain, you could say “I am a ring, a watch, a chain”, but these are temporary shapes. In truth, you are just gold-that is your essence, no matter how the shape changes. 

After Love explores identity, change and recovery after the end of a long-term relationship. 

Praise for After Love:

Breaking waves, scattered buttons, disillusionment, enlightenment. I just gobbled it up…a really special book. 

-Sara Baume 

A powerful and poignant poetry collection, not daring to gloss over or skim the suffering that the time After Love can bring. Mermaids, floating and the sea bring balm when you least expect it, water a cleansing motif throughout. Essential love poems. 

-Elaine Feeney 

Dani Gill's poems are like suitcases to be unpacked, word by word, until there is nothing left but the feeling of a feeling.  A lasting debut. 

 -Simon Van Booy 

An aching, sharply observed book of poems. 

 -Patrick deWitt

Arthur Seefahrt

Arthur Seefahrt

Arthur Seefahrt was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in poetry and is currently completing an M. Phil at Trinity College, where he has created a collection of absurd short stories.  

Arthur has taught workshops in creative writing both at Columbia and through the Brooklyn Poets NPO.  He has also taught literature and composition at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.  Awarded a bursary from the Trinity Visual and Preforming Arts Fund, he is currently working to break his poems away from the constraint of the page and the book.   

While attending Columbia he acted as editor and art director of DEATHHHUMS Magazine.  Arthur is active now as the poetry editor of Broadsheet Journal, a forthcoming free literary monthly printed and distributed in Chicago. 

He currently lives in Ranelagh, deeply loves Ireland, but misses the summer scent of skunks. His artistic interests are not confined to the page.  

Arthur has built a boat from scratch, and worked for a time at David Donahue’s antique book restoration workshop in Philadelphia, binding and restoring rare editions and antique bibles.  Some of his poems can be found in floorplan journal and Bodega Magazine

John W Sexton

John W Sexton

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon, 2013). His previous books are: The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005), and Petit Mal (Revival Press 2009). 

He also created and wrote the children’s science fiction comedy-drama, The Ivory Tower, for RTE Radio 1, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O’Brien Press and have been translated into Italian and Serbian. 

Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. 

He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

Eileen Sheehan

Eileen Sheehan

Eileen Sheehan: is from Scartaglen, now living in Killarney, County Kerry. Anthology publications include Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland (Editor Gabriel Fitzmaurice/Curragh Press); The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (Ed Eugene O'Connell & Pat Boran/Dedalus Press) and The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets (Ed Joan McBreen/Salmon Poetry). Her work features on Poetry International Web. Her collections are Song of the Midnight Fox and Down the Sunlit Hall (Doghouse Books). Her third collection, The Narrow Way of Souls, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.

Doire Press, Lisa Frank and John Walsh Doire Press, Lisa Frank and John Walsh

Doire Press, founded by Lisa Frank and John Walsh, is based in Connemara and publishes high-quality poetry and short story collections with an emphasis on emerging writers. It started officially in 2010 and has quickly established itself as one of the most notable small presses in Ireland. 

Its titles include Waiting for the Bullet by Madeleine D’Arcy, Winner of the 2015 Edge Hill Readers’ Prize; In a Hare’s Eye by Breda Wall Ryan, winner of the 2016 Shine/Strong Prize; Accurate Measurements by Adam White, the only Irish publication to be shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Poetry; and Galway Stories, featuring many of Ireland’s best contemporary fiction writers, including Kevin Barry, Mike McCormack, Mary Costello and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.  Its books have also been taught on university courses in Ireland and in the States.