A Date for the Diary
AT The Edge, Cavan, Tuesday 27 August, Johnston Library at 6.30
Fabulous poets from Cavan’s neighbouring counties are coming to read at AT The Edge, Cavan this month on Tuesday 27 August at 6.30pm in the Johnston Library. Jessamine O’Connor is a poet from Roscommon, Glen Wilson is a poet from Fermanagh and Jackie O’Gormon is a poet from Athlone. Alongside the poets, we have writer, Anthony J Quinn who is the new Writer in Residence in Cavan. There will be an open mic after the readings.
Glen Wilson lives in Portadown. He is a civil servant and Worship Leader at St Mark’s Church of Ireland Portadown. He studied English and Politics at Queens University Belfast and has a Post-Grad Diploma in Journalism studies from the University of Ulster. He has been widely published having work in The Honest Ulsterman, Iota, The Paperclip amongst others. He won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2017, the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award in 2018 and The Trim Poetry competition in 2019 . His first collection of poetry An Experience on the Tongue with Doire Press is out now.
Jackie Gorman is from Athlone. Her work has been published in a number of journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Honest Ulsterman. She was part of the 2017 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and won the 2017 Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award and was commended in the Irish Poem of the Year Award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in the same year. She recently completed a Masters in Poetry Studies at Dublin City University. Her first collection was published by the UK poetry publisher The Onslaught Press in May 2019.
Jessamine O Connor lives on the Sligo Roscommon border and has published five poetry chapbooks, with a collection coming out with Salmon Poetry in 2020. She has won the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café Competition; the iYeats; the Francis Ledwidge award; and has been shortlisted for others, including the Hennessy Literary Award; Over the Edge New Writer of the Year; Cuirt New Writing Award; Red Line Book Festival; Dead Good Poetry; and the 2018 Poetry Ireland Love Your Bike competitions. This year she has been a guest poet at Books Upstairs, Dublin; Cuirt Literary Festival, Galway; Crossing the Tees Book Festival, UK; The Word, Sligo; and presented her film ‘The Stranger’ at Strokestown Poetry Festival. She is studying for a BA in Writing and Literature at Sligo IT.
Anthony J Quinn is the author of eight novels. His debut novel Disappeared was picked as one of the Best Books of the Year by The Sunday Times, was a Daily Mail Crime Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted by the book critics of the Washington Post, the LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle for a Strand Literary Award in the US. It was also selected as one of the top ten thrillers of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and long-listed for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. He teaches creative writing at Queen's University, Belfast, and lives in Tyrone with his wife, Clare, and their four children.
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