Gregory O'Donoghue Prizegiving

13 February @ 2.45PM. Cork Arts Theatre.

Admission: free.


Leila Chatti


A reading by the winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Leila Chatti, with specially selected emerging poets for our Prebooked Introductions reading: Amanda Bell, Dean Browne, Mark Fiddes, Lynn Harding, Simon Lewis, Julie Morrissy, Manuela Moser, Stephen Sexton, and Rosamund Taylor.


Gregory O'Donoghue Winner

Poet and educator Leila Chatti was born in 1990 in Oakland, California. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, she has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from North Carolina State University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2015, Leila was the  first place winner  for Southword Journal’s Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize, second place winner of Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest,  second prize winner for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, an honorable mention for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize, a finalist for Crab Orchard Review’s Allison Joseph Poetry Award, and winner of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Her work appears in Best New Poets 2015, North American Review, Narrative, Rattle, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, American Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies, and she serves on the poetry staff at The Adroit Journal. She currently lives with her partner Henrik and their cat in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Her personal blog can be found here:


Emerging Poets Reading

Amanda BellDean BrowneMark FiddesLynn harding
Simon LewisJulie MorrissyManuela MoserStephen SextonRosamund Taylor


Amanda Bell is a Dublin-based editor and writer. Publications include The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work: An Anthology of Poetry by the Hibernian Writers, and Maurice Craig: Photographs. Read poems by Amanda Bell at Poethead.

Dean Browne won the 2011 Cuisle National Poetry Competition as a secondary student, and since then his poems have been published in or are forthcoming from The Penny Dreadful Magazine, The Shop, Poetry (Chicago), Southword, and elsewhere. Read poem by Dean Browne at Poetry (Chicago).

Following last year's publication of his controversial first pamphlet 'The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre' (Templar), Mark Fiddes was runner-up in the Bridport Prize and first prizewinner at Tipperary's Dromineer Festival. Visit his website.

Lynn Harding is a writer and editor from Cork, living in Dublin.  An English graduate, she writes poetry and children’s literature, and attends the Dublin Writers’ Forum. Read her blog 'Dublin is my Canada'.

Simon Lewis won the Hennessy Poetry Award and was runner up in the Patrick Kavanagh Prize in 2015. His first collection, Jewtown, will be published by Doire Press this year. Visit his website.

Julie Morrissy was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (UK), and she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2015. Her debut poetry pamphlet I Am Where is available from Eyewear Publishing (UK). Visit her website.

Manuela Moser is a PhD student in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in tender journal and The Lighthouse (Norwich). She runs The Lifeboat, a monthly reading series in Belfast. Read some of her poems in tender journal (PDF).

Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast. Poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland, Poetry London, and Best British Poetry 2015. His pamphlet, Oils (The Emma Press, 2014), was the PBS Winter Pamphlet Choice. Purchase his pamphlet from The Emma Press.

In 2015, Rosamund Taylor was a runner-up for the Patrick Kavanagh Award and was short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize for the second time. She has published in magazines from the UK and Ireland, and is currently working on a first poetry collection. Read poems by Rosamund Taylor at Agenda.





The Gregory O'Dongohue Competition

Winners from previous years

Southword Journal




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Cork International Poetry Festival

10 - 13 February 2016

Cork International Poetry Festival



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