The MA in Creative Writing at UL will welcome the award-winning poets Leanne O’Sullivan and Stephen Sexton, when they read in the Millstream Common Room at 2pm on November 13th, as part of the Guest Vocals poetry series.
Poet Leanne O’Sullivan is from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and was educated at UCC, where she completed an MA in English and now lectures in Creative Writing. Her critically acclaimed books of poetry, all published by Bloodaxe Books, include Waiting for my Clothes; Cailleach: The Hag of Beara; The Mining Road; and most recently A Quarter of an Hour, which was shortlisted for both the Irish Times Poetry Award and the Pigott Poetry Prize. She has received many awards, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award, and the 2019 Farmgate Market Café National Poetry Award. Her poems have been included in numerous anthologies, including Best Irish Poetry 2010, and Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, edited by Billy Collins.
Originally from Ballygowan in County Down, Stephen Sexton is the other of the poetry pamphlet Oils (Emma Press) which was a Poetry Book Society Choice, and the critically acclaimed full-length collection If All the World and Love Were Young (Penguin) for which he won the 2019 Felix Dennis Prize. In 2016 he was the winner of the British National Poetry Competition. He was also the winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. He is a lecturer in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University Belfast, where he also completed a PhD in Creative Writing.
UL’s Masters in Creative Writing is part of UL’s School of English, Irish and Communication, and is regarded as one of the most vibrant postgraduate writing programmes in the country. It is led by the novelist Joseph O’Connor, who is the holder of the Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing. The novelists Donal Ryan, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Rob Doyle, and the poet Martin Dyar are also currently teaching on the MA in Creative Writing.
The event is free and all are welcome.