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The Queer Body: A poetry reading and discussion

3 December , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm GMT


Seán Hewitt, Liz Quirke, and Mark Ward

In Conversation with Sasha de Buyl

In partnership with Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Sasha de Buyl, will lead a discussion between poets Seán Hewitt, Liz Quirke, and Mark Ward on the ins and outs of the queer body in their own work and in the work of others. The poets will open the event with readings from their poetry collections. Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape) is Seán’s debut collection of poetry. Liz’s collection How We Arrive in Winter (Salmon Press) will be published in Spring 2020, and Mark’s chapbook Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press) was published in 2020 ahead of a full collection to be released by Salmon Poetry in 2022.

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Sasha de Buyl

Sasha de Buyl is the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. She has over ten years of experience as a programmer and literature development professional in Scotland. Prior to Cúirt, she managed Scottish Books International, developing projects and partnerships for Scottish writers, festivals and publishers overseas. Sasha has held roles with StAnza International Poetry Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scottish Book Trust and Aye Write Book Festival. She was part of the inaugural team working on Book Week Scotland, and grew the programme from its inception to a bustling programme featuring hundreds of events and a high-profile touring strand. Sasha then joined the Literature team at Creative Scotland, where she worked on national and international literature development. She regularly moderates events and has previously worked with Edinburgh International Book Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, Wigtown Book Festival and the West Cork Literary Festival.

Seán Hewitt

Seán Hewitt is a book critic for The Irish Times and a Government of Ireland Fellow at University College Cork. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2019, the Resurgence Prize (now the Ginkgo Prize) in 2017, and a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016. His debut collection is Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020).

Mark Ward

Mark Ward is the author of the chapbooks, Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020), and a forthcoming full-length collection (Salmon Poetry, 2022). His poems have been featured in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, Boyne Berries, Skylight47, Assaracus, Cordite, Softblow and many more. In 2019, he was Highly Commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. In 2020, he was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize and selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series. He has read his poetry on RTÉ Radio 1 and Lyric FM. He is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, an international journal of LGBTQ+ poetry, now in its fourth year.

Liz Quirke

Liz Quirke is a poet and scholar who works between Galway and Kerry. Currently, she is a Galway Doctoral Scholar at NUI Galway working on research on queer kinship in contemporary poetry. Her debut collection of poetry The Road, Slowly was published by Salmon Poetry in 2018 and will be followed by How We Arrive In Winter in November 2020. Quirke has won and been shortlisted for awards such as Hennessy New Irish Writing and Listowel Writers’ Week prizes. Currently, she teaches at NUI Galway on the BA in English and the MA in Writing. She is part of the Queer Arts Collective at NUI Galway and Pendemic, a journal and social history project for writing during the Covid-19 crisis.

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