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Rachael Hegarty & Roger Robinson (moderated by Paul Casey)

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Rachael Hegarty is a Dubliner. Her debut collection, Flight Paths Over Finglas won the 2018 Shine Strong Award. A child survivor of the Talbot Street bomb, her collection May Day 1974 (Salmon, 2019) has received critical acclaim for the 33 docu-sonnets and 33 ballads for the people who died on the single worst day The Troubles. Her third collection, Dancing with Memory (Salmon, 2021) is a dance hall of memory for her mother who lives with Alzheimer’s. She teaches at the Trinity Access Programme because she wants more working-class students causing some havoc in academia. Rachael’s kids say she uses the 3 F- words too much: Finglas, feminism and feckin’ poetry. Buy May Day 1974 from Salmon Poetry.

Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020, shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2020 and shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. His latest collection A Portable Paradise was a Newstatesman book of the year. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and he has toured extensively with the British Council. Buy A Portable Paradise from Peepal Tree Press and visit the poet's website.

Paul Casey (moderator) was born in Cork in 1968 and has lived over half his life in Southern Africa. He has worked mostly in film, multimedia and teaching. His recently published collection from Salmon Poetry is Virtual Tides (2016), which follows his debut, home more or less (2012). A chapbook, It’s Not all Bad, appeared from The Heaventree Press in 2009. His poems have appeared in the anthologies, Looking at the Stars, On the Banks, Even the Daybreak, Blackjack, The Deep Heart’s Core and the Cork Literary Review. He teaches creative writing at Cork College of Commerce and curates the Unfinished Book of Poetry, featuring verse from Cork city schools. He is the founder/director of Ó Bhéal. Buy Virtual Tides from Salmon Poetry.

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