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Victoria Kennefick: Listowel Writers' Week

Friday 3 Jun 2022, 17:00 to 18:00

Listowel Arms Hotel
The Square
V31 V962


About this event

Eavan Boland (1944 - 2020) is recognized as one of the finest female voices in Irish Literature. Much of her work examined the Irish national identity and the role of women in Irish history. Through her poetry and prose, she wrote honestly about her experiences of living in Ireland, motherhood, love, history, mythology, and the feminine life. Eavan explained that she 'wanted to put the life I lived into the poem I wrote. And the life I lived was a woman's life.'

Join Olivia O'Leary in conversation with three of Ireland's finest female poets, Victoria Kennefick, Liz Quirke, and Gail McConnell as they talk about their poetry, being a female poet in Ireland, and how Eavan paved the way for the next generation of Irish female poets.

Olivia O'Leary is a journalist, writer, and current affairs, presenter. In recent years, she has presented the popular RTÉ Poetry Programme. A wonderful advocate for poetry, Oliva, showcases Ireland's emerging poets and pays homage to the rich poetic tradition that exists in this country. Gail McConnell is from Belfast. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets; Fothermother (Ink, Sweat & Tears 2019) and Fourteen (Green Bottle Press 2018) and the full collection The Sun is Open, (Penned in the Margins, 2021). Fothermather was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and made into a program for Radio 4 and the 'Seriously...' podcast. She is Senior Lecturer in English at Queen's University Belfast.

Victoria Kennefick is a poet, writer, and teacher from Co. Cork is now based in Co. Kerry. Her first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, published by Carcanet Press, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2021. It is an Irish Times Best Poetry Book for 2021 and was also selected as one of The Telegraph's Best Poetry Books to Buy 2021.

Liz Quirke is a fixed-term lecturer in Poetry at UCC English Department. A poet and scholar from Kerry with two collections from Salmon Poetry (The Road, Slowly in 2018 and How We Arrive in Winter in 2021), Liz is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, a Galway Doctoral Fellow, and is completing a PhD through Creative Practice in Poetry on Queer Kinship in Contemporary Poetry.

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