Annette Skade is an award winning poet whose first collection Thimberlig was published following Skade's receipt of the Cork Reviev Literary Manuscript prize in 2012. Her poems are energised by a perspective that is 'at once small as a wormhole & wide as the curve of star netted space. ' Annette is the principal of a rural national school in West Cork & is in the process of writing for a second collection. Anita Heffernan is living in Kenmare, Co. Kerry & is a member of Hungry Hill Writers Group. She has previously been published in Podium 111, Samhlaiocht Chiarraí and Breachadh, An anthology of Kerry Voices.
Tony Kendrew lives in a remote and beautiful part of Northern California. Many of his poems explore the connections between that outer landscape and the inner world, and are featured on a CD of poems: Beasts & Beloveds. Many of these poems, and others written since, are being published next month by Iconau in a collection called Feathers Scattered in the Wind. In 2012 Tony travelled to Wales for the Creative Writing MA at the University of Wales. His Dissertation was a series of 22 poems reflecting on migration & the sense of place & identity. The resulting CD is called Turning. Tony is on the editorial board of The Lampeter Review & co-edits the website mysticpoets.com.
Jennifer Russell was born in Bantry. After spending many years in the US & the UK she returned to Ireland to live on the Beara Peninsula. She set up and co-runs Hungry Hill Writing Group who host two international poetry competitions each year. She has been published in a number of poetry journals and anthologies. She teaches Public Health, part time in UCC.
Rudra Nua, a demanding travelling companion on the Via Negativa, is a poet commited to unearthing the mystery of being alive. His childlike enquiry and restless nature makes him an awkward guest at the dinner table. Not for him the path of pure wish fullfillment. Nothing but the truth will satisfy his searchlight vision. Yet when it illuminates, it illuminates with an airy compassion. Look in the mirror and you might catch a glimpse of him. Rudra Nua resides on the Beara Peninsula.
Alongside the readings there will be music provided by Geoff Ward. Refreshments will be available.