Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney and is originally from Scartaglen, in the Sliabh Luachraarea of County Kerry. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad including The Shanghai Literary Festival; the ACIS Conference in Davenport, Iowa and The Cork International Poetry Festival. Anthology publications include “The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets” (editor Joan McBreen/ Salmon Poetry); “Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland” (editor Gabriel Fitzmaurice with photographs by John Reidy/Curragh Press) and “The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem” (editors Eugene O’Connell; Pat Boran/ Dedalus Press). Her third collection, “The Narrow Way of Souls” (Salmon Poetry) was launched in May 2018. One of the poems from this collection is on the Leaving Certificate English Syllabus 2019 – 2022.
Born in Emilia-Romagna in 1952, graduated from the University of Bologna in Literature and Philosophy, is the son of an Italian military pilot between the two wars. He’s the head of the Museum and Gallery Services in the town of Lugo, near Bologna, and the Curator of the Francesco Baracca Museum of Aviation. He has lived two years between UK, Wales and Ireland, and learned French and German at the Universities of Caen (France), Vienna (Austria) and Heidelberg (Germany). He is a poet, translator and novelist and has written seven collections of poems published by Mobydick, Faenza and L’Arcolaio, Forlì: Paesaggio Celtico, (1993); Luce di confine, (1994); Eterno chiama il mare, (1997), which received an honourable mention at the International Prize “Eugenio Montale”; Dopo l’amore, (2004); Quando eravamo re (2012), shorlisted both for the “Guido Gozzano” and the “Città di Marineo” Prizes; Polvere di stelle (2016), Tra le radici e l’altrove (2016); the novel Café Hàwelka (1995) and the short story “Il Maggiore Harris” (1996). Former editor of two poetry magazines (“Origini” and “Tratti”), his poems have been translated and published in several countries. He has translated poems from the British poet Harry Guest, the Irish poets Theo Dorgan, Séan Dunne, Fred Johnston, Gabriel Rosenstock, William Wall, from the French poet Bruno Cany and the Flamish poet Willem M. Roggeman. In April 2019 he read at the Cork World Book Fest and in Skibbereen. According to some critics, Serafini’s poetry reveals the unrest of an “exiled voice” struggled between the research of roots, of a personal Heimat, and the quest of an “elsewhere”. Focusing on some major archetypes such as life and death, beginning and end, he shows a position which is regarded as being critical of modernity and his myths. He has been called “a symbolist and an impressionist of the word” for the recurring evocation and transfiguration of nature in his work, but also a lyric poet both for his language and issues rich in inner contents. where he was also Curator of the Francesco Baracca Museum of Aviation. His father was an Italian military aviator between the wars – he’ll be reading some poems on that subject on 30th April. Daniele has written six collections of poems published by Mobydick, Faenza and L’Arcolaio, Forlì: Paesaggio Celtico; Luce di confine; Eterno chiama il mare, which was shortlisted for the International Eugenio Montale Prize; Dopo l’amore; Quando eravamo re; and his collected poems Tra le radici e l’altrove. He has written one novel, Café Hàwelka.
Anne Crossey was born in South Africa and grew up outside Belfast. She has written two books- The Cloud of Unknowing, Books 1 and 2, which are a selection of articles that she wrote about philosophy, magic and myth for the West Cork Times. She has studied philosophy and psychoanalysis and runs the West Cork Philosophical Society which she started in 2012. She hosted tedx west cork and teaches classes in philosophy and psychology.
Speakeasy kicked off on March 26th at The Tanyard whisky bar on Main Street, Skibbereen – and what a great night it was. We had puppetry, story-telling, poetry, readings and a Toastmaster talk.
Story-teller extraordinaire, Rae McKinley spun a magical tale of wolves and sorcery; Trace Irwine raised many laughs with her Scottish tale of a generous pig and its ungrateful penny-pinching owner. Organiser and founder of the national spoken word agency, Boundless and Bare, Melissa Ridge joined us from Dublin and recited some of her highly original poetry; Anne Crossey had everyone crying with laughter as she recited some heart-felt and moody poetry by her 15 year-old self. Phoebe Cotton and Josephine Dennehy had everyone spellbound with their highly original puppetry performance of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
Travel writer John Devoy read from his acclaimed book “Quondam” – the story of his travels through Africa as a younger man. Alun Rees of West Cork Toastmasters told us the story of how he could never get his mother to tell him how he came by his first name – and why, when he finally found out, he discovered she had good reasons for it! The inimitable Cormac Lally moved us to laughter and tears with his performance poetry.