Mark Ford, Eilean ni Chuilleanain & David Devanny

Sunday 27 May, 9.00pm – 10.45pm

Mark was born in 1962 in Nairobi, Kenya. He has written four collections of poetry: Landlocked (Chatto & Windus,1992), Soft Sift (Faber & Faber, 2001), Six Children (Faber & Faber, 2011), and Enter, Fleeing (Faber & Faber, 2018). His most recent collection of essays, This Dialogue of One: Essays on Poets from John Donne to Joan Murray (Eyewear, 2014), was awarded the Poetry Foundation’s 2015 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Review of Books

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Eilean was born 1942 in Cork, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and currently Ireland Professor of Poetry (2016-19).  She has published and edited academic articles and books on the literature of the English Renaissance, on translation, and on Irish writing in both Irish and English.  With her husband Macdara Woods, she is, since 1975, a founder and co-editor of the Irish poetry journal Cyphers.  She has published eight collections of poetry over 42 years, and her Selected Poems appeared in 2008 from Faber.  The Sun-Fish won the international Griffin Prize for poetry in 2010. The Boys of Bluehill was published in 2015 by Gallery Press and Wake Forest University Press. A pamphlet, Hofstetter's Serenade, appeared last year from Periplum Poetry. 


David Devanny's poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies (including Poetry Review, The London Magazine and in various pamphlets by the Christopher Tower Foundation with whom he was awarded a prize for young poets), and his Ictus award winning debut pamphlet, 'wasps on the way' (Mews Press, 2012). In the performance of his poetry he has been a featured act at the Ilkley Literature Festival, The Saltaire Festival and the Beehive Poetry group. His electronic poetry has been published in Ishac Bertran's 'Code {Poems}', exhibited at Fascinate Festival (Cornwall), the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow) and the Prado Media Lab (Madrid) and his poem 'orange sweatshirt', shortlisted for both 'Main' and 'Student' awards, was the winner of The New Media Writing Prize 2013 Student Category. His latest work, commissioned by the Leicester Centre for New Writing, has been published in 'Hidden Stories' (UOL Press, 2015) and in a locative smartphone app (Cuttlefish Media, 2015).

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