Queering the Green (Lifeboat Press: ed. Paul Maddern) brings together 31 of the most distinctive Irish poets to emerge since 2000, and represents the multiplicity and vibrancy of the queer experience in 21st Century Ireland. The critically acclaimed anthology addresses the exclusions of the past, speaks to the diversity of the present, and points towards the radical possibilities of the future.
Jane Clarke is the author of two poetry collections, The River and When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019), as well as an illustrated chapbook, All the Way Home, (Smith|Doorstop 2019). Jane’s awards include the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry and the 2016 Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year. She grew up on a farm in Roscommon and now lives with her wife in the uplands of Co. Wicklow. Jane’s third collection A Change in the Air will be published by Bloodaxe Books in May 2023.
Eva Griffin is a poet living in Dublin and a UCD graduate. Her pamphlets, Fake Hands / Real Flowers (2020) and one last spin around the sun (limited edition, 2021) were published by Broken Sleep Books. Her works have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Abridged, Anthropocene, PERVERSE, Icarus and elsewhere, including anthologies published by Lifeboat Press, New Binary Press and Peach Mag. She has been featured on the RTÉ Poetry Programme and the Words Lightly Spoken podcast. Eva was chosen as a Dublin Book Festival Young Writer Delegate by the Irish Writers Centre in 2019, and in 2020 she was selected as a Poetry Ireland Introductions Series poet by Vona Groarke. She has also received mentorship from poet Rebecca Goss in 2022 thanks to an Arts Council Agility Award.
Paul Maddern was born in Bermuda and has lived in Ireland since 2000. He is the editor of Queering the Green: Post-2001 Queer Irish Poetry (Lifeboat Press, 2021) and has four publications: Templar Poetry: Kelpdings (2009); The Beachcomber’s Report (2010); Pilgrimage (2017); and The Tipping Line (2018). He is the recipient of two Bermuda Government Literary Awards and his poem, “Effacé”, is on the Northern Irish GCSE syllabus. He was teaching Fellow in Creative Writing with the University of Leeds for three years and now owns and operates The River Mill Writers Retreat in Co Down.
Cork World Book Fest 2023
Cork World Book Festival is back for 2023 and will welcome Irish and international writers to Cork for an extravaganza of books and writing this April. This will be the 19th edition of the popular literary festival, featuring more exciting author visits, workshops and events in Triskel, Cork City Library, Grand Parade and Tuckey Street.