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Together with Carcanet Press, the UK's leading publisher of contemporary and modern Irish poetry, the Irish World Heritage Centre is delighted to host two fantastic Irish poets, Thomas McCarthy and Mary O' Malley, from Waterford and Galway, for a free joint reading from their work on Tuesday 14th November, 6.30pm-8pm. This is a rare opportunity to bring together two established poets and to share their work with wider publics.
In doing so, the Irish Diaspora Foundation at the IWHC warmly acknowledges the funding support of Culture Ireland and the generous contribution of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via its Emigrant Support Programme in delivering this event.
Thomas McCarthy was born in Co. Waterford in 1954. He was educated at University College Cork and worked for many years at Cork City Libraries. He now writes fulltime. He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Pandemonium (2016) but includingThe Sorrow Garden (1981), The Lost Province (1996) and Merchant Prince (2005), as well as two novels and a collection of essays and diaries. He was an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa in 1978/79 and Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota in 1994/95. A former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review, he has directed Poetry Workshops at Arvon Foundation, Listowel Writers Week and at Molly Keane Writers Retreat. His work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and several other languages. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award and the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize (Minnesota). He lives in Cork, but has spent more than thirty summers by the sea in the neighbourhood of Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry. He is a member of Aosdana.
Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara in Ireland, and educated at University College Galway. She lived in Lisbon for eight years and taught at the Universidade Nova there. The author of several widely commended collections, including The Octopus (2016), Valapariso (2012), A Perfect V (2006), Mary also served on the council of Poetry Ireland and was on the Committee of the Cuirt International Poetry Festival for eight years. She was the author of its educational programme. She taught on the MA programmes for Writing and Education in the Arts at NUIGalway for ten years, held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013, and has held Residencies in Paris, Tarragona, New York, NUI Galway, as well as in Derry, Belfast. She is active in environmental education, specifically marine. She is a member of Aosdana and has won a number of awards for her poetry, including the 2016 Arts Council University of Limerick Writer's Fellowship. She writes and broadcasts for RTE Radio regularly.
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