7pm, Friday July 29
Leanne O’Sullivan was born in Beara. Her first volume of poetry, Waiting for My Clothes, was widely acclaimed on its publication in 2004, while her second, Cailleach: The Hag of Beara won her the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010. Her third publication, The Mining Road, followed in 2013. All were published by Bloodaxe.
O’Sullivan won the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2009; the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011; and the UCC Alumni Award in 2012. She completed her Masters in English at University College Cork in 2006, and currently teaches on the MA in Creative Writing programme at UCC.
2pm, Sunday July 31
Annette Skade, from Manchester, has lived on the Beara Peninsula since 1989. Skade has a Degree in Ancient Greek and Philosophy from Liverpool University, and an MA in Poetry Studies at Dublin City University. She was recently awarded a scholarship from DCU to pursue a PhD on the work of the Canadian poet, Anne Carson.
Skade won the Poets Meets Painters Competition in 2010; the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition in 2012; and the Bailieborough/Cara Poetry Competition in 2013. In July 2013, she launched her debut collection of poetry, Thimblerig, at the West Cork Literary Festival.
Thimblerig, published by Bradshaw Books, was nominated for the Séamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection in 2014. Skade is presently working on her second collection of poems.
Further information: annetteskade.com