Ten poets selected for Introductions | Five poets selected for Céadlínte Éigse Éireann 2022

13th April 2022

Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that the ten poets selected to participate in Introductions 2022 are K. S. Moore, Charles Lang, Karson Lafferty, Róisín Leggett Bohan, Patrick Hopkins, Amy Abdullah, Helen Fallon, Meg Mulcahy, Phil Kingston, and Jess McKinney.

These emerging poets were chosen by award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou from a huge number of applicants, and will take part in workshops with Anthony, Jessica Traynor, and Annemarie Ní Churreáin. 

This year for the first time, Introductions will also include a dedicated Irish language strand entitled Céadlínte Éigse Éireann. The five poets selected to take part this prestigious new series are Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin, HK Ní Shioradáin, Caitríona Lane, Art ó Súilleabháin, and Brian Ó Tiomáin. These rising poets were selected by Aifric Mac Aodha, and will take part in a form & craft workshop with Aifric, as well as a performance workshop with Ciara Ní E. 

Introductions | Céadlínte will culimate in three nights of performances as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin on 24th, 25th, and 26th May at 7pm in Merrion Square Park in Dublin. The series will be accompanied by a new e-book anthology of the poets' work.

We’re delighted to welcome this new series of poets and hope that this will provide them with many new creative opportunities as they launch their promising writing careers.

Introductions

Charles Lang is from Castlemilk in Glasgow. He is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

K. S. Moore’s poetry has recently appeared in Arachne Press and Broken Sleep anthologies and in the journals: Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman, The Dawntreader and New Welsh Review. Commended in Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s Single Poem Contest (2021), K. S. Moore also placed third in the Waterford Poetry Prize (2020). Shortlists have included the Allingham Prize and Trim Poetry Competition.

Amy Abdullah Barry writes poems and short stories. She is published globally including Southword, The Sunday Tribune, The Poet’s Republic, Paris Lit Up. Her poems have been translated into many languages including Italian, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Persian. Featured in the RTE Radio One Extra in Reverberations Series 2. Her poems have been Shortlisted, Longlisted, Highly Commended, and won local & international awards. Nominated for the Pushcart 2021 Poetry Prize. Her love of travel has enriched her work infusing it with a wide knowledge of various cultures, pastimes and beliefs. She has been awarded Literature bursaries from The Arts Council Ireland and Words Ireland. Amy has performed her work in Ireland & internationally. She is preparing her debut poetry collection.

Róisín Leggett Bohan is a writer from Cork whose work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Irish Writing. She was awarded first place for prose with Atlantic Currents II and has been commended/shortlisted for competitions including the Allingham, Cúirt, Gloucestershire, and Hammond House prize. Róisín was granted a Poetry Mentoring Fellowship from the Munster Literature Centre in 2021, is a recipient of an Arts Council Award, a Cork City Council Artist Bursary, and holds an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from UCC.

Helen Fallon was born in Monaghan and now lives in Kildare, where she is Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University. She taught librarianship at the University of Sierra Leone for two years. Her interests include both academic and creative writing, gardening, reading, listening to Podcasts, especially "Poetry Unbound",  and walking. 

Karson Lafferty is a poet from Derry, Ireland. He is currently living in Belfast, where he is working towards an MA in Poetry from Queen’s University. His work explores themes of identity and inheritance within shifting and conflicting environments. His poetry has been published in Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, Nightingale & Sparrow, Lighthouse and The Apiary. Most recently, he has had the pleasure of coaching QUB’s first ever slam poetry team, achieving the title of First Runners-Up in the 2022 UniSlam competition in Birmingham. He runs a monthly spoken word night in Belfast called Word Vomit, which aims to give a platform to emerging poets from Ireland and beyond.

Phil Kingston works in theatre, community arts and applied drama. He has worked as an actor, playwright, tv scriptwriter, facilitator and dramaturge. For one dark period he sold mobile phones. His work has appeared on the Dublin Fringe ('Dr Dillon and Ms Georgia' and 'The Common Good') and at Project Arts Centre ('100 Minutes' - Painted Filly Theatre Company). For TV he has written for 'The Bill' and 'Fair City'. His poetry has appeared in 'Dogs Singing' (Salmon Press) and online (The Poets Register and The Song House - Colmcille Edition). 

Meg Mulcahy is a Munster poet and writer based in Dublin. Meg's poetry has appeared in An Capall Dorcha, Janus Literary and the 'Pendemic' project for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD, as well as several publications in the U.S. Her work includes prize-winning flash fiction and was longlisted for the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize 2020. Author of The Neon Number zine, she reads fiction for Okay Donkey and is working towards her debut poetry collection.

Jess Mc Kinney is a poet from Inishowen, Donegal. In 2020, she completed her MA in Poetry at Queen's University Belfast, where she was awarded the Irish Chair of Poetry Student Award. In 2021, she took part in  the Dedalus Press Mentorship Programme, and Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Summer School. Her writing has appeared in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Banshee, SAND, Channel, Abridged, The Poetry Jukebox and the New Island anthology The New Frontier: Writing from the Irish Border, with upcoming work in The Cormorant and The Belfield Literary Review. Her debut pamphlet 'Weeding' was published with Hazel Press in September 2021, shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2021, and nominated for the Saboteur Awards 2022.  

Patrick Hopkins is a full-time musician, music educator and poet. Originally from Dublin, he is currently living in Kildare. He has studied English and Philosophy at NUI Maynooth and the Creative Writing M.Phil. at TCD. Patrick’s work is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and the natural world.

Céadlínte 

Art Ó Súilleabháin was born in Corr na Móna, Co. Galway and spent some years in Boston USA. He worked in Dublin and Mayo as a teacher, in Castlebar as Director of The Mayo Education Centre and lectured at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC (as a Fulbright scholar) before returning to Ireland and Corr na Móna, in the north Connemara Gaeltacht, i nDúiche Sheoigheach. He won North West Words Poetry  Gaeilge in 2017 and he has been featured in Poetry Ireland, Boyne Berries, Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman,  Salt on the Coals (Winchester),  Writing Home from Daedalus Press, Hold Open the Door from The Ireland Chair of Poetry, InTouch, Vox Galvia, Beneath Western Skies, Trees from Cinnamon Press (UK), The Mayo Anthology, Reality Magazine, and The Haibun Journal (haiku). He won Duais Phádraig Ó Conchubhair in the Bally Bard Festival in 2022 for a poem as Gaeilge. Art is working towards a collection as Gaeilge for adults.

Beathaisnéis - Tá Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin ag cur faoi i mBré, Co. Chill Mhantáin. Is spéis leis scríobh ar théamaí a bhaineann le cúrsaí aiteacha agus meabhairshláinte ach go háirithe. Go dtí seo tá a shaothair le feiceáil i bPoblachd Nam Bárd agus ar an tsraith raidió Teachtaireachtaí ar Raidió na Life. D'éirigh leis an liosta fada a bhaint amach i gComórtas Físín 2021. Is aoibhinn leis tae, tránna agus tréaniolraí.

Is file aiteach iad HK Ní Shioradáin as Baile Átha Cliath. Tá BA acu sa Bhéarla agus sa Scannánaíocht ó Choláiste na Tríonóide. Foilsíodh a gcuid filíochta san Outpost agus Aneas go dtí seo.  

Rugadh agus tógadh Caitríona Lane i mBaile Átha Cliath, áit ar mhúin sí Gaeilge, stair agus dráma sular gceapadh ina priomhoide í. Dioplóma Iar- chéime san aistriúchán bainte amach aici. Rinne sí cúrsa san iriseoireacht físe  agus chaith sí seal le East Coast Radio agus le Raidió na Life mar láithreoir agus léiritheoir. Bhog Caitríona siar go Conamara tar éis teacht chuici féin ón ailse, áit gur féidir leí machnaimh a dhéanamh agus spreagadh a fháil ón timpeallacht nádúrtha timpeall a tí. Tá suim aici samhiotaseolaíocht agus sa saol osnádúrtha. Tá sí ina ball de Clifden writers group le dhá bhliain anuas.

Brian Ó Tiomáin is a bilingual Writer/ Director from Dublin. He is working on a second Irish language novel and a first collection of poetry in Irish and English. He was shortlisted for the Listowel Writers Week award for a poetry collection and the Bryan McMahon Short Story Award. He has an interest in traditional and sean-nós singing.