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Maurice Riordan

Poet Cork born poet Maurice will read from "The Finest Music", a new anthology of early Irish lyrics to be published by Faber in November. These are the poems that founded Irelands rich literature. Seamus Heaney's work in particular relates to this early tradition and the anthology includes several of his poems and translations.

Medbh McGuckian

Poet Medbh McGuckian was born in 1950 in Belfast where she lives and teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University, Belfast. Among the accolades she has received are the Rooney Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen. She is a member of Aosdána, an affiliation of artists who have make a significant contribution to the arts in Ireland. The Gallery Press has published more than a dozen of her collections, among them The Flower Master and Other Poems, On Ballycastle Beach, Marconi’s Cottage, Had I a Thousand Lives and My Love has Fared Inland and The High Caul Cap (2012).

Moyra Donaldson

Poet Moyra Donaldson is the author of six collections of poetry, Snakeskin Stilettos, Beneath the Ice, The Horse’s Nest and Miracle Fruit, from Lagan Press, Belfast and an American edition of Snakeskin Stilettos was published in 2002 from CavanKerry Press, New Jersey and short listed for a Foreword Book of the Year Award. Her Selected Poems was published in 2012 by Liberties Press, Dublin and a new collection, The Goose Tree, was published in June 2014, also from Liberties Press. She is published internationally and has read at festivals in Europe, Canada and the USA. Her poetry has won a number of awards, including the Allingham Award, the National Women’s Poetry Competition and the Cuirt New Writing Award. Her poems have been anthologised and have featured on BBC Radio and television, including the Channel 4 production, Poems to Fall in Love With and she has read at festivals in Europe, Canada and America.

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Myra Vennard

Poet Myra Vennard was born in Belfast in 1929, where she was educated at primary school and secretarial college. She worked as a secretary in various posts until 1953 where she married and had a daughter and a son. Returning to higher education in the 1990s she graduated at the University of Ulster with honours BA in English Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish literature, with a dissertation on the poetic vision of Samuel Beckett. She also broadcast on Radio Ulster. She attended Queen University Belfast creative writers’ group and in 2000 had poems the group’s anthology Hauling Songs; she also wrote reviews for various magazines and an essay and poems were published in Children of the Troubles by Laurel Holliday. Having lived for many years in Bangor, Co Down, she has now retired to Ballycastle, Co Antrim, where she has ancestral roots. Her first book of poetry Easter Saturday (2009) was published by Lagan Press. In 2010 she was won the Belfast Telegraph’s Woman of the Year in Arts Award.