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Jamie O’Connell‘s first collection Some Sort of Beauty (Bradshaw Books, 2012) was launched at World Book Festival by Dr Eibhear Walshe (UCC) in the Triskel Arts Centre on 21 April. He was the 2011 Writer in Residence for Tigh Filí Cultural Centre and toured the United States with the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV Editor Eugene O’Connell, presenting work in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and New York. He has been shortlisted for the Wicklow Writer’s Short Story Award (2008) and won the Thomas Harding Literary Award (2008). He has an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin and a BA in English Literature from University College Cork. For more information on O’Connell visit
Kathy D’Arcy  is Tigh Filí’s Writer in Residence. She is a young writer whose first poetry collection, Encounter, was published by Lapwing in 2010. She is also a playwright, and her first play, Retreat, was performed in the Granary Theatre in 2008. This is My Constitution, a piece D’Arcy has compiled from archive material she found during research for her PhD on Irish women poets, has toured to venues around the country after a successful opening run during the Trash Culture Revue in Cork last year. D’Arcy runs creative writing courses for young people, and with UCC’s Centre for Adult Continuing Education, and teaches on UCC’s MA in Women’s Studies programme. She has been a frequent guest on RTE Radio One’s arts show Arena, and the poetic ensemble of which she is a member, Catch the Moon, has been touring Irish literary festivals since 2010. Having already appeared at the West Cork Literary Festival, the Spring Literary Festival, the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Slieve Bloom Storytelling Festival and the Flatlake Arts and Literature Festival, Catch the Moon’s next appearance will be at the Boyle Arts Festival this summer.
 Good pic 5BW Annette Skade is from Manchester. She moved to the Beara Peninsula, in West Cork, in 1989. She is the Principal of a small rural primary school in Beara and she now lives in Glengarriff. She has a degree in Ancient Greek and Philosophy from Liverpool University and she has just completed an MA in Poetry Studies from DCU, where she read everything from Anne Carson to the York Mystery Plays, Elizabeth Bishop to Maurice Scully. She has enjoyed reading poetry all her life but only began writing it eight years ago. She is a member of the Bantry Writers’ Group. Her poems have recently appeared in the SHOp poetry magazine, and Abridged . She is the winner of the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2012. Thimblerig is her first collection.
Ann Egan is a multi-award winning poet whose prizes include Writers’ Week Listowel; The OKI Prize; The Cecil Day Lewis Prize. She has held many writing residencies in counties, hospitals, schools, prisons and secure units. In 2010 she was Laois Writer-in-Residence. She is a panellist of The Arts Council Ireland Writers-in- Prison Scheme and Writers-in-School Scheme. Her poems have been broadcast on RTE Radio and on local radio. Her books are: Landing the Sea; The Wren Women; Brigit of Kildare. She has edited twenty two books and was 2010 guest editor of The Midlands Arts and Culture Review.
  Natalie Scott is a poet, artist and teacher based in the United Kingdom. She was a runner up in the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2011. The Titanic Heritage Trust is producing a CD of selected voices from Berth for the centenary; Vivid Theatre Company are to stage Berth in April 2012.
Bonnie Quinn Cotter was the founding editor of the annual Cork Yule Book (1982-9) and co-editor of Salute to Cork 800 (1985). Her short stories, articles and interviews were published in newspapers and magazines in Ireland and the U.S., including The Irish Times, The Irish Press and Boston Evening News. She taught and facilitated creative writing groups in Cork and nationally over an extended period.Bonnie was an award-winning poet and her work has been published in Poetry Ireland, The Salmon, Cork Literary Review, Women’s Work and Riverine Review, among other journals. It has been included in anthologies such as The Box Under the Bed (1986), Poets Aloud Abú (1988) and The Living Landscape (1992). Her posthumous collection, Woman With Altitude, published in 2011 by Bradshaw Books, is the most comprehensive selection of her poetry yet published.
Manuel Arana (1981) is a Huelva-born poet, musician and performer, and co-founder and director of the literary magazine and movement Chichimeca (2001). His poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Antropología Desnuda. Poesía joven (Madera Húmeda, 2002), Poesía por venir, Antología de jóvenes poetas andaluces (Renacimiento, 2004), Las noches del Cangrejo: antología de poetas en Platea (Cangrejo Pistolero Ediciones, 2008) and RCA’08. Recital de Poesía Chilango Andaluz (Editorial Cocó, 2009); and in the chapbook collections Con la mejor intención (Diputación de Huelva, 2002) and Jam Sessions (Diputación de Huelva, 2006). Adolescencia dos: poemas hormonados (SIM Libros, 2008) is his first full collection.
Roderick Ford won the Francis Ledwidge Award in 2007 for his poem ‘The Body’, and he received a commendation in the National Poetry Competition in 2006 for an earlier version of the same poem. His poem ‘The Carpenter’s House’ was shortlisted for a Strokestown poetry prize in 2006, ‘Ghostwood’ received a commendation in the Keats-Shelley Prize competition in 2009.Since its publication, The Shoreline of Falling (Bradshaw Books, 2005), was shortlisted in the inaugural Glen Dimplex Awards; the poem ‘Guiseppe’ from that volume was highly commended in the Forward Book of Poetry 2007. Roderick currently lives in Dublin.
Shirley McClure was born in Waterford in 1962, Shirley McClure attended Newtown School and Trinity College Dublin, where she studied English Literature and Spanish. She undertook a Master’s degree in Latin-American Studies at Liverpool University and went on to do a variety of jobs including volunteering at a men’s hostel in Liverpool; teaching English as a foreign language in Reading, Dublin, Vigo and Quito; tutoring in literacy and creative writing at the Dublin Institute of Adult Education and Tosach, an AnCo centre in Dublin’s inner city; project work at Focus Point (now Focus Ireland) which included drama, literacy and counselling; teaching English to Vietnamese refugees in Dublin.For more information about Shirley and all upcoming events, go to her website
Tina Pisco (former Tigh Filí Writer in Residence) was born in Madrid, Spain and lived mostly in mainland Europe before moving to West Cork in 1992. She has been a professional writer for over 25 years, working in every medium. Her short story ‘Sunrise Sunset’ was published in the first FISH Short Story Anthology. Her novels, Only a Paper Moon and Catch the Magpie (Poolbeg), have been translated into five languages. She has published a collection of newspaper articles, A West Cork Life and a cookbook, West Cork Fusion. Her short script, ‘Ill Seen, Ill Said’, was shortlisted for Best Documentary and Best of Cork at the 2010 Fastnet Short Film Festival.To find out more, visit Tina’s website at
Chuck Kruger. Since moving to Ireland in 1986 he has won the ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ 2004 Poetry Competition (UK) and the Shinrone Poetry Collection Competition (2004); was one of the five shortlisted for Listowel Writer’s Week in 2008 Single Poem Competition. As a prose writer he’s won the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition (2003), The Dubliner Short Story Contest (2002) and the Cork Literary Review’s 2000 & 1998 Short Story Competitions. His book Cape Clear Island Magic, published by The Collins Press, was first issued in 1994 and reissued in 1995 and 1999; in 2008 an updated and expanded version was published by Cormharchumann Chléire Teo. In 1998 he published an international thriller entitled, The Man Who Talks to Himself. In 2005, a second collection of his short stories, Between a Rock, was published by Bradshaw Books. In 2007 a collection of his poems, Sourcing, was also published by Bradshaw Books. His selection of short stories “Whiff of Whales” was published by Bradshaw Books in 2012 and extracts featured in the Evening Echo. He is a regular on RTE’s Seascapes, Sunday Miscellany, and Lyric FM’s Quiet Quarter.To find out more, visit Chuck’s website
Jean O’Brien is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Arvon Competition, which attracted thousands of entries from more than 43 countries – including the Philippines, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and the United States of America. Her work has been widely published in magazines and journals. She has published three collections of poetry, The Shadow Keeper (Salmon, 1997) Dangerous Dresses (Bradshaw Books, 2005) & Lovely Legs (Salmon, 2009).She read for an M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College and facilitates creative writing classes for venues as diverse as the Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin City Council and various County Councils and in Mountjoy, Limerick and the Midlands Prisons. She was Writer-in-Residence for Co. Laois in 2005. She was last year’s recipient of the Fish International Poetry Award. Also, in 2008 she was commissioned to write a poem for the Oxfam Calendar.Her poetry was described by Fiona Sampson writing in the Irish Times as … “effortless writing, graceful and exact as any pirouette in its insight”.
Geraldine Mills was the Millennium winner of the Hennessy/ Tribune New Irish Writer Award for her story The Lick of the Lizard. Her collections are Unearthing Your Own (Bradshaw Books, 2001) and Toil the Dark Harvest (Bradshaw Books, 2004). She lives in Galway.
Eugene O’Connell (former editor of the Cork Literary Review). Born in Kiskeam in north-west Cork in 1951, he has published three collections of poems, including One Clear Call (Bradshaw) and Diviner (Three Spires Press). His book of translations, Flying Blind (from the Latvian, by Guntar Godins), was published by Southword Editions, as part of the Cork European City of Culture translation series in 2005. His work has been read internationally, most recently at the Shanghai Expo 2010 as part of the Munster Literature Centre / Shanghai Writers literature exchange. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Irish Times. He is currently working on a book of memoirs , entitled A Far Country, and a new poetry collection.