Poetry Ireland is delighted to welcome two new appointees to its board of directors: Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Felicia Olusanya.
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish-language poet. Her books include Péacadh, (Coiscéim 2008), Tost agus Allagar (Coiscéim, 2016) and a bilingual collection The Coast Road (Gallery Press, 2016). Cois Life published her translations from the French of Andrée Chedid as part of the ‘File ar Fhile’ series in 2019. She is a recipient of the Michael Hartnett Award and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. A graduate of NUI Galway, where she earned a PhD in Irish Studies. Now based in Cork city, she lectures in Modern Irish at UCC.
Felispeaks (Felicia Olusanya) is a Nigerian-Irish poet, performer and playwright from Co. Longford. As well as being a member of Dublin City Council's Culture Company Advisory Panel, Felispeaks is a member of the poetry collective; "We Are Griot". Felispeaks has been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sept 2018 judges for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself. Felispeaks has also had the opportunity to perform her poetry at Concern Worldwide's 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018 which included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland in December 2017 for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City.