Irish Poets from Carcanet's New Writing Anthology: New Poetries VIII

Date Sunday 13 June 2021
Time 6:00 PM
Age Range16+ years

With Victoria Kennefick, Padraig Regan, Joe Carrick-Varty & Conor Cleary

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Irish Poets from Carcanet


New Poetries VIII is the latest in Carcanet's celebrated introductory anthology series presenting work by 24 of the most engaging and inventive new poets. 

Edited by Michael Schmidt and John McAuliffe, this latest volume of the bestselling Anthology series features poets from all over the world,  and poets of BAME and LGBTQ communities. 

We are delighted to welcome to the Belfast Book Festival digital stage, four Irish poets for readings of their work, and a panel discussion hosted by Kathleen McCracken.  

Looking to buy a book by one of the writers involved in this year's programme? Check out our official Festival Bookstore partner, No Alibi’s, who have created this special Belfast Book Festival page on their website which features the books and collections of the writers at the 2021 Festival. Plus they are offering a 10% discount on all of the Festival titles! 



Victoria Kennefick is a poet, writer and teacher based in Co. Kerry. Her first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, is out now from Carcanet Press. Her pamphlet, White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015), won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Banshee and elsewhere. She won the 2013 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize and many of her poems have also been anthologised and broadcast on national radio stations. She is a co-host of the Unlaunched Books Podcast.

Joe Carrick-Varty is a British-Irish writer who lives in London. He is the author of two pamphlets, Somewhere Far (The Poetry Business, 2019) which won the 2018 New Poets Prize, and 54 Questions for the Man Who Sold a Shotgun to My Father (Out-Spoken Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in the New Statesman, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. He is co-founder of bath magg, and a book reviewer for PN Review. In 2019 he was selected by Poetry Ireland as one of Ireland’s emerging poets for the Introductions Series.

Padraig Regan lives in Belfast and is currently studying for an MA at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University. They are the author of two pamphlets, Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017) and Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016).

Conor Cleary from Tralee, Ireland, but who lives in Glasgow. He has an MA in Poetry from Queen’s University Belfast, and where he was the recipient of the 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre MA Award. In 2018, he was the winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine, and The Stinging Fly. His debut poetry pamphlet Priced Out was published by The Emma Press in 2019. 




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