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Doire Press 10th Anniversary Cross-border / Cross-genre Reading & Panel Discussion

29 November , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm GMT


With Linda McKenna, Aoife Reilly, Dimitra Xidous, Rosemary Jenkinson and John O’Donnell

In partnership with Doire Press

We are delighted to invite you to join Doire Press in celebrating its tenth anniversary with a cross-border / cross-genre panel discussion and reading, featuring poets Linda McKenna, Aoife Reilly, and Dimitra Xidous, alongside short-story writers Rosemary Jenkinson and John O’Donnell.

Doire Press is a small award-winning publisher based in Connemara, publishing high-quality Irish poetry and short-story collections with an emphasis on emerging writers. Founded by Lisa Frank and John Walsh, it started officially in 2010 and has quickly established itself as one of the most notable small presses in Ireland. Its books have won both the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize and the Shine/Strong Poetry Prize, and have been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the EU Prize for Literature, and the Bord Gais Short Story of the Year Award. Funded by the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, many of its books have also been taught on university courses in Ireland and in the States.

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Rosemary Jenkinson

Rosemary Jenkinson was born in Belfast and is an award-winning playwright and short story writer. In 2017 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Her short story collections include Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54 (Lagan Press, 2004), Aphrodite’s Kiss (Whittrick Press, 2016) and Catholic Boy (Doire Press, 2018), which was shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature. She was singled out by The Irish Times for ‘an elegant wit, terrific characterisation and an absolute sense of her own particular Belfast’. In 2018 she received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a memoir. Her most recent short-story collection, Lifestyle Choice 10mg, was published by Doire Press in March, 2020.

Linda McKenna

Linda McKenna is originally from Dublin but has lived in Downpatrick for over twenty years. She is the winner of the 2018 Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the 2018 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. Her work been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including 1798: Our Shared Heritage; A New Ulster; The Bangor Literary Journal; The Blue Nib; Crannóg; The Honest Ulsterman; How can life go on: Poems and Prose for Holocaust Memorial Day, 2017, (Lagan Online); Poetry Ireland Review; and Skylight 47. In The Museum of Misremembered Things is her debut poetry collection.

John O’Donnell

John O’Donnell lives and works in Dublin. His work has been published and broad­cast widely in Ireland and abroad. Fiction publications include Counterparts (The Stinging Fly Press), Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction, Sunday Tribune, Sunday Independent, The Stinging Fly, Books Ireland, The Irish Times, and RTÉ’s The Book on One. Awards include the Hennessy Award for Emerging Fiction and Cúirt Festival of Literature New Writing Prize for Fiction. He has also published four poetry collections, the latest of which is Sunlight: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2018). His prizes for poetry include the Irish National Poetry Prize, the Ireland Funds Prize and the Hennessy Award for Poetry. Almost the Same Blue is his debut short-story collection.

Aoife Reilly

Aoife Reilly grew up in Laois and now lives in Kinvara, County Galway. She has travelled throughout Africa, where she studied percussion and dance. In 2018 she was chosen to participate in an international artist-in-residency programme at Officina Stamperia del Notaio, Sicily, focusing on writing and music. Having organised several collaborative creative projects combining poetry, visual art and instillation at different locations in Ireland, she regularly facilitates The Artist’s Way, a creativity-focused personal development course. Aoife has been shortlisted in many competitions including the Doolin Writer’s Competition, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year and Galway Hospital Poems for Patience. Her poetry has been widely published in print and online journals in Ireland and overseas, and in 2017 her pamphlet Lilac and Gooseberries was published by Lapwing Press. Revolutions of Humming Things is her debut collection.

Dimitra Xidous

Dimitra Xidous is a  poet and writer living and working permanently in Ireland since 2011. In 2019, she was awarded a Markievicz Bursary for (S)worn State(s), a poetry collaboration with Kimberly Campanello and Annemarie Ní Churreáin. Her poems and essays have appeared in gorse, The Stinging Fly, Room Magazine and The Dalhousie Review(M)other, M(other), her collaboration with Irish-based artist and printmaker Ria Czerniak-LeBov is forthcoming from gorse editions. Keeping Bees, her debut poetry collection, was published by Doire Press in 2014. Her second poetry collection, Μηδέν | Oὐδέν,  will formally be published by Doire Press in 2021.   

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