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In celebration of Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry, the editor of the anthology, Paul Maddern, is joined by three of its contributors, Michael McKimm, Leeanne Quinn, and Cherry Smyth, for this online Youtube event, premiering on October 4th at 7pm.

Queering the Green is the first anthology of Irish queer poetry, and demonstrates the diversity of this moment in Irish poetry, as well as the radical possibilities for the future. Join us as we explore the origins of this anthology, and hear poems on themes of love and identity, and which look at our place within the landscape. We discuss the history of queer voices in Ireland, and explore whether being othered gives writers freedom to redefine poetry.

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MICHAEL MCKIMM was born in Belfast and grew up near the Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and has published two collections of poetry: Still This Need (Heaventree Press, 2009) and Fossil Sunshine (Worple Press, 2013). He has collaborated with earth scientists and artists on a number of projects and in 2015 edited the anthology MAP: Poems After William Smith’s Geological Map of 1815. In 2017 he edited The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People as part of the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter campaign. He lives in east London.

LEEANNE QUINN was born in Drogheda and grew up there and in Monasterboice, Co. Louth. Her debut collection, Before You (Dedalus Press, 2012) was highly commended in the 2013 Forward Prize. Her poems have been widely anthologised, appearing in The Forward Book of Poetry 2013, and Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916, Hold Open the Door: A Commemorative Anthology from The Ireland Chair of Poetry, among others. Her second collection, Some Lives, was published by Dedalus Press in October 2020. She currently lives in Munich, Germany.

CHERRY SMYTH is an Irish writer, living in London. Her first two poetry collections, When the Lights Go Up (2001) and One Wanted Thing (2006) were published by Lagan Press. Her third collection Test, Orange (2012), was published by Pindrop Press and her debut novel, Hold Still (Holland Park Press), appeared in 2013. Famished (Pindrop Press, 2019) a book-length poem, explores the Irish Famine and how imperialism helped cause the largest refugee crisis of the 19th century. Smyth also published Queer Notions (Scarlet Press, 1992) and Damn Fine Art by New Lesbian Artists (Cassell, 1996).

PAUL MADDERN, editor, was born in Bermuda to Cornish and Irish parents. He has a BA in Film from Queen’s University, Ontario, and a MA and PhD from the Seamus Heaney Centre/School of English, Queen’s University Belfast. He was teaching Fellow in Creative Writing with the University of Leeds for three years and now owns and operates The River Mill Writers Retreat in South Down. He has four publications with Templar Poetry: Kelpdings (2009, winner of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet competition); The Beachcomber’s Report (shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award and winner of a Bermuda Government Literary Award); Pilgrimage (2017, winner of a Bermuda Government Literary Award); and The Tipping Line (2018). He is the recipient of several Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards and his poem, ‘Effacé’, is on the Northern Irish GCSE syllabus.

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