Magazine Showcase: The Penny Dreadful

10 February @ 7PM. Cork Arts Theatre.

Admission: free.


Penny Dreadful

A reading by selected poets published in the Penny Dreadful: Sarah Clancy, Elaine Cosgrove, Cal Doyle, Richard Hawtree and Róisín Kelly.

The Penny Dreadful magazine was founded by two Cork writers, John Keating and Marc O'Connell. Recently, writer Cethan Leahy was brought in as an assistant editor. Its readership has grown quickly, and recent projects also include a Halloween-themed writing competition, and publication of Strange Country by Kimberly Campanello. This event will include readings by recent contributors and a discussion with the magazine's founders. 


Sarah Clancy

Sarah ClancySarah Clancy is a page and performance poet from Galway. Her most recent collection 'The Truth and Other Stories' and was published by Salmon Poetry in 2014. She has two previous collections to her name, Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012). She has been placed or shortlisted in several of Ireland’s most prestigious written poetry competitions including The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize and The Patrick Kavanagh Award. In performance poetry she won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships in 2011, she was runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam Final in both 2012 and 2013 and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships in 2013. In 2015 she won the Bogman’s Cannon Irish People’s Poet award.  She is on twitter @sarahmaintains and her books can be ordered here


Elaine Cosgrove

Elaine CosgroveElaine Cosgrove is from County Sligo. Her work has been published in The Penny Dreadful, The Bohemyth, New Binary Press, wordlegs and Colony. Most recently, she was the featured poet in The Stinging Fly Magazine. Elaine was chosen to be one of the 2015 Poetry Ireland Introductions poets. Elaine has an MPhil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. She lives in Galway City.


Cal Doyle

Cal DoyleCal Doyle's poetry has appeared in The Penny Dreadful, gorse, The Stinging Fly and POETRY, among others. He lives in Cork.


Richard Hawtree
Richard Hawtree

Richard Hawtree completed a doctorate on Anglo-Saxon poetic manuscripts at UCC in 2009. He now lives in Hindhead, Surrey where he writes articles concerning early medieval texts. Translations from German and Icelandic have appeared in The Penny Dreadful. His poem 'Matinée Idol' was shortlisted in the 2013/14 inaugural Ó Bhéal International Five Words Competition. Poems by Richard Hawtree in The Weary Blues issue 6.


Róisín Kelly
Róisín Kelly

Roisin Kelly was born in Belfast and raised in Co. Leitrim, and has since found her way to Cork City via a year on a remote island in the west of Ireland. Her poems have appeared in The Stinging Fly, Poetry Chicago, The Penny Dreadful, Bare Fiction, and The Baltimore Review. More work is forthcoming in Banshee and Best New British and Irish Poets (Eyewear 2016).




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Cork International Poetry Festival

10 - 13 February 2016

Cork International Poetry Festival



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