Poetry Book Club Session
Love poetry, but don’t know where to start when it comes to finding new poets to read?
Join poet Jessica Traynor to explore some of the best recent Irish poetry collections in a fun and informal environment.
All you need to do in advance is to read the books:
Mercy by Róisín Kelly (Bloodaxe Books)
How We Arrive in Winter by Liz Quirke (Salmon)
Jessica Traynor is a poet, essayist and librettist. Her debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim, was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award and in 2016 was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. The Quick was a 2019 Irish Times poetry choice. Awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and Hennessy New Writer of the Year. Paper Boat, a new opera commission from Irish National Opera, will premiere in 2022. Slapped Actor, a book of essays, has been longlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize and the Deborah Rogers Foundation Award in 2021. Residencies in 2021-22 include the Yeats Society Sligo, The Seamus Heaney Home Place and the DLR LexIcon. She is a Creative Fellow of UCD. Her third collection, Pit Lullabies, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in March 2022, and is a Poetry Book Society Spring Recommendation.