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Beir Bua Press Launches Cormac Culkeen and Ciaran O'Rouke

Beir Bua Press Launches Cormac Culkeen and Ciaran O'Rouke

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Beir Bua Press Launches Cormac Culkeen and Ciaran O'Rouke. Hosted by Michelle Moloney King

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Beir Bua Press Launches Cormac Culkeen and Ciaran O'RoukeHosted by Michelle Moloney King

Cormac Culkeen is a writer of poetry, fiction and short stories. He lives and works in Galway and is currently completing a BA Connect in Creative Writing in NUI Galway, returning to university full time as a mature student in 2018. His written work has been published in The Burning Bush, Skylight 47 and The Wild Word poetry magazines. He believes that writing should knock the air from a reader's lungs, give them something to go into the world with or sit in their head like a waiting spider. Sometimes all three.

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“Every now and then a collection of poems comes along that just blows you away and is astonishing when they are a debut collection. If the role of poetry is to move you, then Cormac has succeeded brilliantly. This collection goes on my top shelf, alongside the books I return to again and again.”  Ken Bruen,  an Irish writer of hard-boiled and noir crime fiction.

Ciarán O'Rourke

A winner of the Cúirt New Irish Writing Award, the Fish Poetry Prize, and the Westport Poetry Prize, Ciarán O’Rourke is an Irish poet, currently based in Galway. His first collection, The Buried Breath, was issued by The Irish Pages Press in 2018, and highly commended by the Forward Foundation the following year. His pamphlet, Glass Life, was published as a Ragpicker Edition in 2021.He completed his PhD on William Carlos Williams in 2019, and is founder and editor of the online archive of poetry-themed interviews, www.islandsedge poetry.net.

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‘In a generation of young poets with a marked preference for academic archness and high/low culture mash-ups, Ciarán O’Rourke blazes a singular trail…. A poet who approaches both the ancient and modern with the same insight and sensitivity, O’Rourke surely has a long and distinguished career ahead of him.’— Jessica Traynor, poet & author of Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press), The Quick (Dedalus Press), & Pit Lullabies (Bloodaxe Books).

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