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Eileen Sheehan

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.

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Daniele Serafini

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.

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Anne Crossey

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.

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Gerard Beirne reads for Speakeasy

Bio: Gerard Beirne has published two collections of poetry and 4 books of prose. Hennessy Award winner, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Bord Gais Irish Book Awards, and Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He lectures on the BA Writing and Literature Program, IT Sligo.

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Writer Moya Roddy’s debut collection Out of the Ordinary was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award 2018.  She was also shortlisted for the Hennessy Award. Rita Ann Higgins called her poems “stunning and memorable” and Leontia Flynn commented that their “deceptive lucidity … belies how very far from ordinary such directness and perceptiveness are in poetry”. Her poems have appeared in the Irish Times, Crannog, Stoney Thursday, Stinging Fly, Boyne Berries among others. Moya’s novel The Long Way Home was described as “simply brilliant” in Irish Times; her short story collection Other People was nominated for Frank O’Connor Award. Her new novel A Wiser Girl was described by Ruth McKee in the Irish Times as a “blast of Italian sunshine, a sparkling glass of wine for these chilly and uncertain times”. 

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Brian Kirk reads for Speakeasy

Brian Kirk is a poet and writer from Dublin. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. His poem “Birthday” won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018. He was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2020 to write and film a sequence of formal poems on the Covid 19 pandemic. He published a novel for children 9 – 12 years in 2016 called The Rising Son. His short fiction chapbook It’s Not Me, It’s You won the Southword Fiction Chapbook competition and was published in 2019 by Southword Editions. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.

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Matt Mooney reads for Speakeasy

Matt Mooney.
Born, a farmer’s son, in Kilchreest, Co. Galway in 1943. A graduate of UCG and UCC he has been a Vocational Teacher in Listowel where he is proud to be one of its townspeople. His collections of poems are: Droving (2003), Falling Apples (2010),Earth to Earth (2015), The Singing Woods (2017), Steering by the Stars (2021), Éalú agus Dánta Eile (forthcoming 2021).

Winner of The Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair Award 2019. (Filíocht/Poetry).
He is a reviewer, copy editor and proof reader with the Galway Review Literary Magazine. His poems and writings have been published in: The Blue Nib; The Amaravati International Poetic Prism Anthology; The Galway Review, Feasta; The Galway Advertiser (Peann agus Pár), Pendemic, Live Encounters and in Musings during a Time of Pandemic, a World Anthology.

Some of his poems have been translated in Colombia, South America, and published in Spanish literary magazines. One of his poems appears on the syllabus of UK Primary Schools.

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Pete Mullineaux reads for Speakeasy

Pete Mullineaux lives in Co. Galway and has published four poetry collections, including Session (Salmon 2011) and How to Bake a Planet (Salmon 2016) – “A gem” – Poetry Ireland Review. A New & Selected is due in 2022. He’s been interviewed about his poetry on RTE’s Arena and also had three plays produced by RTE radio. He works as a poetry/drama facilitator: Interdependence Day: Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals through Drama for All Ages was published by Afri (Action from Ireland) in 2021. His debut novel Jules & Rom: Sci-fi meets Shakespeare – was released in paperback in April 2021 following an ebook version in 2020. Website: petemullineauxwriter.com