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Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011THE CORK SPRING





Leanne O'Sullivan to read at the Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011

Photo © Donal O'Sullivan



Reading with Maram al-Massri & Patrick Cotter, Saturday 19 February, 9pm


Leanne O’Sullivan was born in 1983 and comes from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. She has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books, Waiting for My Clothes (2004) and Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009). She has been given several awards for her poetry, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010. In 2009 as part of an exchange between the Munster Literature Centre and the Shanghai Writers’ Association she was awarded a residency in Shanghai. In 2010 she became poetry editor of Southword and judged the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Competition. Visit O'Sullivan's page at Poetry International Web.

“Leanne O’Sullivan’s first collection, Waiting for My Clothes, was published when she was just 21 and was justifiably acclaimed for the extraordinary power of its language and the maturity of vision. It was also an intensely confessional work; it is therefore not surprising that O’Sullivan should eschew further revelations in Cailleach: The Hag of Beara, her second collection, and plough, instead, the furrows of Irish mythology in her exploration of the eternal feminine... O’Sullivan’s vision continues to be deeply romantic in its trust that nature is a panacea for human suffering; these poems catch one’s breath with their exquisite rendering of the Irish landscape... O’Sullivan’s imagery is always precise, yet utterly dazzling in its originality... she is reclaiming her landscape, as all poets must, and she does so with the steadiness and gravity of a writer who has already found her way home”
— Nessa O’Mahony, Irish Times

(Extracts of O'Sullivan's work available on page 15 of festival brochure.)


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