Come along to Books Upstairs on Sunday 29th November 2015 at 4pm, after the Climate Change March, for a relaxing hour of poetry and coffee with four fantastic contemporary poets reading from their new collections, including a visiting poet from London, Rosie Shepperd and another from Belfast, Paula Cunningham. You’ll be treated to a variety of styles and themes with funny poems, poignant poems, eco-poems and café poems.
Paula Cunningham is from Omagh and lives in Belfast. Her chapbook A Dog called Chance(1999) and her first fullcollection Heimlich’s Manoeuvre (2013) are both published by Smith/Doorstop. Heimlich’s Manoeuvre was shortlisted for the Fenton-Aldeburgh, Strong-Shine & Seamus Heaney Centre first collection awards.
Rosie Shepperd studied at Birkbeck College and at USW and is working on a doctorate at London University’s Goldsmiths College. Her poems have appeared in the US, UK, Ireland and France. She has won a number of prizes and was short listed for the 2013 Forward Prize. Her debut poetry collection, The Man at the Corner Table, was published this year.
Shirley McClure’s new collection, Stone Dress, was published by Arlen House in August 2015. Her first poetry collection, Who’s Counting? (Bradshaw Books) won Cork Literary Review’s Manuscript Competition 2009. She won Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Poetry Competition.
Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books. Her awards include the Listowel Writer’s Week Poetry Collection Prize (2014), the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014), Poems for Patience (2013), iYeats (2010) and Listowel Writers Week (2007). www.janeclarkepoetry.ie