Three Irish Poets

  • Sunday 21 April, 7.35pm
  • The Betsy Hotel’s B Bar, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 United States
  • Tickets: Free

Presenting Paul Perry, John McAuliffe, and Aifric Mac Aodha on Miami Beach. 

Three Irish Poets, Paul Perry, John McAuliffe and Aifric Mac Aodha will be reading their work at The Betsy Hotel’s B Bar on Miami Beach. 

Paul Perry is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of several books of poetry and prose. A winner of the Hennessy Prize for Irish Literature, he is a poet, novelist, and screen-writer, and Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at University College Dublin where he directs the BA in English with Creative Writing. A former Michener Fellow at the University of Miami, Cambor Fellow at the University of Houston, and Vice Chancellor Research Scholar at the University of Ulster, Paul has won numerous awards for his writing including the Listowel Prize for Poetry, and The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. As Karen Perry, he has co-authored, four best-selling novels, published by Penguin, including Girl Unknown. His 5 books of poetry include gunpowder Valentine: New and Selcted Poems. He also teaches on the MA, 7 MFA programmes in Creative Writing at UCD, and supervises at PhD level. He is a member of the RIA Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee.

John McAuliffe's fourth book The Way In won the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2016. His versions of Bosnian poet Igor Klikovac, Stockholm Syndrome (Smith Doorstop), is the Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice in the UK; his first book A Better Life (2002) was shortlisted for a Forward Prize while Of All Places (2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and an Irish Times Book of the Year. He teaches poetry at the University of Manchester, where is Professor of Modern Literature and Creative Writing. He also writes a regular poetry column for The Irish Times.


Aifric Mac Aodha was born in 1979. Her first collection, Gabháil Syrinx, was published in 2010. She has taught in St Petersburg, New York and Canada and has lectured in old and modern Irish at UCD. She lives in Dublin where she now works for the Irish-language publisher, An Gúm. Aifric Mac Aodha was the winner of the Oireachtas Prize for Poetry (2017). Foreign News is Aifric Mac Aodha’s first collection with The Gallery Press. With poems in Irish and English she finds a perfect counterpart in David Wheatley.

O, Miami in partnership with The Betsy - South Beach, Culture Ireland, and Poetry Ireland.

Event Partners

  • Culture Ireland
  • Poetry Ireland