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Fool for Poetry Prize & Gregory O'Donoghue Prize Readings (moderated by James O'Leary)

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At this event, the winning chapbooks of the 2020 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition, Losing the Farm by Felicity Sheehy (first prize) and If All This Never Happened by Vicky Morris (second prize) will be launched with readings from the poets.

Felicity Sheehy’s work has appeared in The New Republic, The Yale Review, Narrative, Poetry Ireland Review, The Adroit Journal, Blackbird, Shenandoah, Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Poet Lore and elsewhere. She has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Jane Martin Prize, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has received additional prizes and scholarships from Narrative Magazine, the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, the York Poetry Prize, and the Ledbury Poetry Festival, among others. In 2019 and 2020, she was listed as one of Narrative’s 30 below 30 emerging writers. Buy Losing the Farm from Southword Editions.

Vicky Morris is a British/Welsh poet based in Sheffield. She’s been widely published in places like The Rialto, Under the Radar and The North and is the editor of four anthologies of poetry and fiction by young writers. In 2020, she won the Aurora Prize for Poetry, and was one of ten shortlisted in the Magma Pamphlet Competition. She is the founder of Hive Young Writers, and in 2019 received a Sarah Nulty Award for her work with emerging young writers. She is a recent Arvon/Jerwood mentee, and a contributing editor at Poetry Wales. Buy If All This Never Happened from Southword Editions.

We will also hear readings from the winners of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Concerto by Nicholas Hogg (first prize), A Smallholding by Damen O’Brien (second prize), and The Dog, The Accordion and The Stars by Gerry Boland (third prize).

Nicholas Hogg was born in Leicester. He is the author of Show Me the Sky, nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Tokyo, for which he received an Art Omi fellowship in New York. His short stories have won numerous prizes and been broadcast by the BBC, and he was twice shortlisted for the Eric Gregory Award for young poets. His most recent work features in Ambit and The New European.

Damen O'Brien is a multi-award-winning Australian poet, living in Brisbane. His prizes include the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, the Moth Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the New Guard Knightville Poetry Prize. In 2021, he won the Café Writers Poetry Competition. Damen has been published in many journals including StylusLit, Peril, Cordite, Island and Mississippi Review. Damen’s first book of poetry, Animals With Human Voices, is forthcoming through Recent Work Press in 2021.

Gerry Boland is a Dublin-born author and poet who writes for adults and for children. His poetry books are Watching Clouds (Doghouse, 2011) and In the Space Between (Arlen House, 2016). In 2011 and 2012, O’Brien Press published his trilogy, A Rather Remarkable Grizzly Bear, the first of which, Marco Moves In, was nominated for an Irish Book Award. He has written two travel books on his native city, A Pocket Guide to Dublin (1994) and Stroller’s Guide to Dublin (1999), both from Gill & Macmillan. He has also published a collection of poems for the young reader, The Secret Life of Mothers. He lives in rural north Roscommon.

Buy issue 40 of Southword, where their poems appear.

James O'Leary (moderator) is a poet from Cork. His chapbook There are Monsters in this House was published in 2018. His poems have been broadcast on RTÉ radio and published in The North, The Irish Examiner, The Honest Ulsterman, Banshee and Magma, and will appear in A Wild and Precious Life: A Recovery Anthology in May 2021. He has written and directed several short plays and his poetry-films have screened at festivals in Ireland, Scotland and Canada. He is currently working on a new chapbook. Buy There are Monsters in this House from Southword Editions.

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