Irish poets at the ILF this May

Introductions | Céadlínte: A showcase of poets representing the electrifying future of Irish poetry, with special musical guests

From May 24th to May 26th, Introductions| Ceadlinte will have fifteen of the most exciting new poets in the English and Irish language performing their works, as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin. Each of the three evenings will see five poets perform, along with a very special musical guest. Read on to find out more information and to book tickets.

Tuesday 24 May, 7pm
Introductions | give up showcase Patrick Hopkins, Caitríona Lane, Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin, Karson Lafferty and Helen Fallon. With special musical guest Yesomha.

Wednesday 25 May, 7pm
Introductions | give up showcase Charles Lang, Art Ó Súilleabháin, Brian Ó Tiomáin, Róisín Leggett Bohan and K. S. Moore. With special musical guest Inni-K.
Thursday 26 May, 7pm
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showcase Jess McKinney, Phil Kingston, Amy Abdullah, Meg Mulcahy and HK Ni Shioradain. With special musical guest Gary O’Neill.

Introductions | Céadlínte, Tues 24 – Thurs 26 May, 7pm
International Literature Festival Dublin, Merrion Square Park (The Byzantium)
Tickets: €7.50 (pre-booked or at the door)
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Additional Information & Biographies:

This year’s Introductions poets were selected by Anthony Anaxagorou, and include KS Moore, Charles Lang, Karson Lafferty, Róisín Leggett Bohan, Patrick Hopkins, Amy Abdullah, Helen Fallon, Meg Mulcahy, Phil Kingston, and Jess McKinney. the Céadlínte Éigse Éireann poets were selected by Aifric Mac Aodha, and include Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin, HK Ní Shioradáin, Caitríona Lane, Art ó Súilleabháin, and Brian Ó Tiomáin. Each night will also feature a performance from a special musical guest, Síomha (24 May); Inni-K (May 25) and Gary O’Neill (May 26).

Biographies I

Charles Lang is from Castlemilk in Glasgow. He is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

K. S. Moore‘s poetry has recently appeared in Arachne Press and Broken Sleep anthologies and in the journals: Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman, The Dawntreader and New Welsh Review. Commended in Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s Single Poem Contest (2021), KS Moore also placed third in the Waterford Poetry Prize (2020). Shortlists have included the Allingham Prize and Trim Poetry Competition.

Amy Abdullah Barry writes poems and short stories. She is published globally including Southword, The Sunday Tribune, The Poet’s Republic, Paris Lit Up. Her poems by her have been translated into many languages ​​including Italian, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Persian. Ella featured in the RTE Radio One Extra in Reverberations Series 2. Her poems by Ella have been Shortlisted, Longlisted, Highly Commended, and won local & international awards. Nominated for the Pushcart 2021 Poetry Prize. Her de ella love of travel has enriched her work by infusing it with a wide knowledge of various cultures, pastimes and beliefs. She has been awarded Literature bursaries from The Arts Council Ireland and Words Ireland. Amy has performed her work for her in Ireland & internationally. She is preparing her debut poetry collection de ella.

Roisin Leggett Bohan is a writer from Cork whose work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Irish Writing. She was awarded first place for prose with Atlantic Currents II and has been commended/shortlisted for competitions including the Allingham, Cúirt, Gloucestershire, and Hammond House prize. Róisín was granted a Poetry Mentoring Fellowship from the Munster Literature Center in 2021, is a recipient of an Arts Council Award, a Cork City Council Artist Bursary, and holds an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from UCC.

Helen Fallon was born in Monaghan and now lives in Kildare, where she is Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University. She taught librarianship at the University of Sierra Leone for two years. Her interests include both academic and creative writing, gardening, reading, listening to Podcasts, especially “Poetry Unbound”, and walking.

Karson Lafferty is a poet from Derry, Ireland. He is currently living in Belfast, where he is working towards an MA in Poetry from Queen’s University. His work explores themes of identity and inheritance within shifting and conflicting environments. His poetry by him has been published in Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, Nightingale & Sparrow, Lighthouse and The Apiary. Most recently, he has had the pleasure of coaching QUB’s first ever slam poetry team, achieving the title of First Runners-Up in the 2022 UniSlam competition in Birmingham. He runs a monthly spoken word night in Belfast called Word Vomit, which aims to give a platform to emerging poets from Ireland and beyond.

Phil Kingston works in theatre, community arts and applied drama. He has worked as an actor, playwright, tv scriptwriter, facilitator and dramaturge. For one dark period he sold mobile phones. His work by him has appeared on the Dublin Fringe (‘Dr Dillon and Ms Georgia’ and ‘The Common Good’) and at Project Arts Center (‘100 Minutes’ – Painted Filly Theater Company). For TV he has written for ‘The Bill’ and ‘Fair City’. His poetry by him has appeared in ‘Dogs Singing’ (Salmon Press) and online (The Poets Register and The Song House – Colmcille Edition).

meg mulcahy is a Munster poet and writer based in Dublin. Meg’s poetry has appeared in An Capall Dorcha, Janus Literary and the ‘Pendemic’ project for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD, as well as several publications in the US Her work includes prize-winning flash fiction and was longlisted for the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize 2020. Author of The Neon Number zine, she reads fiction for Okay Donkey and is working towards her debut poetry collection.

Jess McKinney is a poet from Inishowen, Donegal. In 2020, she completed her MA in Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, where she was awarded the Irish Chair of Poetry Student Award. In 2021, she took part in the Dedalus Press Mentorship Programme, and Seamus Heaney Center Poetry Summer School. Her writing de ella has appeared in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Banshee, SAND, Channel, Abridged, The Poetry Jukebox and the New Island anthology The New Frontier: Writing from the Irish Border, with upcoming work in The Cormorant and The Belfield Literary Review. Her debut pamphlet ‘Weeding’ was published with Hazel Press in September 2021, shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2021, and nominated for the Saboteur Awards 2022.

Patrick Hopkins is a full-time musician, music educator and poet. Originally from Dublin, he is currently living in Kildare. He has studied English and Philosophy at NUI Maynooth and the Creative Writing M.Phil. at TCD. Patrick’s work by him is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and the natural world.

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Art Ó Súilleabháin was born in Corr na Móna, Co. Galway and spent some years in Boston USA. He worked in Dublin and Mayo as a teacher, in Castlebar as Director of The Mayo Education Center and lectured at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC (as a Fulbright scholar) before returning to Ireland and Corr na Móna, in the north Connemara Gaeltacht , i nDúiche Sheoigheach. He won North West Words Poetry Gaeilge in 2017 and he has been featured in Poetry Ireland, Boyne Berries, Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman, Salt on the Coals (Winchester), Writing Home from Daedalus Press, Hold Open the Door from The Ireland Chair of Poetry, InTouch, Vox Galvia, Beneath Western Skies, Trees from Cinnamon Press (UK), The Mayo Anthology, Reality Magazine, and The Haibun Journal (haiku). He won Duais Phádraig Ó Conchubhair in the Bally Bard Festival in 2022 for a poem as Gaeilge. Art is working towards a collection as Gaeilge for adults.

Beathaisnéis – Tá Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin ag cur faoi i mBré, Co. Chill Mhantáin. Is spéis leis scríobh ar théamaí a bhaineann le cúrsaí aiteacha agus meabhairshláinte ach go háirithe. Go dtí seo tá a shaothair le feiceáil i bPoblachd Nam Bárd agus ar an tsraith raidió Teachtaireachtaí ar Raidió na Life. D’éirigh leis an liosta fada a bhaint amach i gComórtas Físín 2021. Is aoibhinn leis tae, tránna agus tréaniolraí.

Is file aiteach iad HK Ni Shioradain as Dance Átha Cliath. Tá BA acu sa Bhéarla agus sa Scannánaíocht or Choláiste na Tríonóide. Foilsíodh a gcuid filiochta san Outpost agus Aneas go dtí seo.

Rugadh agus togadh Caitriona Lane i mBaile Átha Cliath, áit ar mhúin yes Gaeilge, stair agus dráma sular gceapadh ina priomhoide í. She dioplóma Iarchéime san aistriúchán bainte amach aici. Rinne yes cúrsa san iriseoireacht fise agus chaith yes seal le East Coast Radio agus le Raidió na Life mar láithreoir agus léiritheoir. Ella bhog Caitríona siar go Conamara tar éis teacht chuici féin ón ailse, áit gur féidir leí machnaimh a dhéanamh agus spreagadh a fháil ón timpeallacht nádúrtha timpeall a tí. Tá suim aici samhiotaseolaíocht agus sa saol osnádúrtha. Tá yes ina ball by Clifden writers group le dhá bhliain anuas.

Brian Ó Tiomain is a bilingual Writer/Director from Dublin. He is working on a second Irish language novel and a first collection of poetry in Irish and English. He was shortlisted for the Listowel Writers Week award for a poetry collection and the Bryan McMahon Short Story Award. He has an interest in traditional and sean-nós singing.

Síomha, courtesy of Poetry Ireland

Musical Guests


Independent Irish singer and guitarist Síomha (pronounced She-vah) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly taking audiences on an unexpected and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Her debut album Infinity Space – described by The Irish Times as “a seriously accomplished and self-confident debut” – is a collection of songs in both Irish and English. A kind of cosmic, folk-informed, jazz-tinged, post-pop – it was produced by Grammy-nominated Tyler Duncan and features an all-star lineup of musicians including Joe Dart (Vulfpeck), Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin/ Snarky Puppy ), Martin Atkinson Borrull (Toucan) and violinist Jeremy Kittel (Bela Fleck/ Chris Thile). Síomha’s voice is full of raw heart-felt experience. When listening to her, audiences are instantly moved to feel on the deepest level and come out more intimately connected to their own worlds.


Inni-K, courtesy of Poetry Ireland

Named by RTÉ.ie as “one of ten fierce women defining Irish culture”, Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Inni-K’s music draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, even as she ventures into new musical territories. Her de ella original songwriting career de ella (The Hare & the Line 2019 and The King has Two Horse’s Ears 2015), combines ethereal vocals with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics and a unique approach to songwriting. Inni-K third studio album, inion, is a contemporary sean-nós album. In May 2022, the album has been chosen by Songlines Magazine as one of the 10 ‘Top of the World Albums’.

Gary O’Neill

Gary O’Neill, courtesy of Poetry Ireland

Hailing from Kilkenny, Ireland – Gary O’Neill burst onto the Irish music scene in 2015 with his hard-hitting debut EP- Gracefully With Haste. The next year saw the release of his live LP Live At The Unitarian Churchaccompanied by follow up album Around The Robin – a body of work that saw the progression and maturity of this promising, young Irish songwriter

Gary returned to form in late-2019 with his latest single, Set For Life. With recent support tours with Villagers and Brian Deady.

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