IRISH WRITERS' CENTRE DIRECTORY O-W

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This directory lists writers who are available for readings and workshops. It is not a comprehensive list, and will be updated regularly (last updated august 1999). Organisers of events funded by the Irish Writers Centre may use this directory but are also free to engage writers not listed here, provided that the writer has published at least one book.

The Writers Centres current recommended fee for a reading is #100, and for a workshop #100 per session or #150 for a full day.

Index to authors

  • Conor O Callaghan
  • Tommy Frank O’Connor
  • Michael O Conghaile
  • Kathleen Sheehan O Connor
  • Gréagóir ó Dúill
  • Sheila O Hagan
  • Phil O Keefe
  • Michael O Loughlin
  • Nessa O Mahony
  • Gerry O Malley
  • Patricia O Reilly
  • Peter O Shaughnessy
  • Michael O Sullivan
  • Tom Phelan
  • Marjorie Quarton
  • Damian Quinn
  • Moya Roddy
  • Martin Roper
  • Gabriel Rosenstock
  • Graham Rodes
  • Janet E. Sahafi
  • Denis Sexton
  • Olive Sharkey
  • Knute Skinner
  • Breda Sullivan
  • Carolyn Swift
  • Nesta Tuomey
  • Colin Vard
  • William Wall
  • Macdara Woods
  • Enda Wyley

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    Conor O Callaghan
    7 Windmill Court, Seatown, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
    Tel: 042-37320

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, reviewer, teacher of Creative Writing/Poetry. Reviews occasionally for Poetry Ireland Review and The TLS, among others. Won the Patrick Kavanagh Award Received three Bursaries in Literature from the Arts Council.

    Publications:
    Poetry: The History Of Rain, (Gallery Press, 1993); Seatown, and Book Of Matches (New Island Books).

    Available for:
    Given many readings in Ireland and the UK , conducted many adult creative writing workshops, specialised in giving poetry classes in primary schools (ages 7-12) and has devised many exercises and games to teach poetry to children .
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    Tommy Frank O’Connor
    25 Rock Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
    Tel: 066-7126063 Fax: 066-7126082

    Brief Biography:
    Former International Sportsman and Kerry Sports Star 1978, Irish and Celtic Nations Weightlifting Champion 1979, recognised as a top class debating and public speaking adjudicator. Leader of the Tralee Scribblers writers group. Winner of Kerry Ingredients Poetry Competition Listowel Food Fair Jonathan Swift 1997 Awards. The Haiku award. Kerry Int. Summer School Short Story Competition 1994, 1996 only Irish finalist in One Voice International 1995.

    Publications:
    Short stories published in The Sunday Tribune, The European. Madame Bulls Tavern (Canada), Asylum, The Holly Bough and other magazines. Poetry published in anthologies and various magazines. Plays: Changing Patrick, Wheres Normal. First novel The Poachers Apprentice (Mercier / Marino)

    Available for:
    Willing to work with adults and older teens only.
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    Michael O'Conghaile
    Indreabhan, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe.
    Tel: 091-593307 Fax: 091-593362

    Brief Biography:
    Has won the following prizes, An Fear A Phlasc nominated for The Irish Times Award, 1997. Winner of the Bord na Gaeilge award at the 1997 Listowel Writers Week Festival, (for his novel Sna Fir). Awarded the Butler Literary Award and shortlisted for others.

    Publications:
    Mac An Tsagairt, Comhra Cailli, Connamara Agus Arainn, An Fear A Phlasc.
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    Kathleen Sheehan O’Connor
    35 Glenageary Park, Glenageary, Co. Dublin.
    Tel: 01-2853582

    Brief Biography:
    Twenty years working as journalist and writer-radio programmes (Three O One and Sunday Miscellany). Has given readings and talks; is a member of P.E.N.

    Publications:
    Silver Harvest, (Emperor Publishing, 1992) Hold Back the Tide, (Emperor Publishing, 1994) The Son of a Nobody, (Attic Press, 1995) By Shannons Way, (Brandon, 1999)
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    Gréagóir ó Dúill
    37 Merton Drive, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
    Tel: 01- 4966036
    An Ardaigh Bheag, Gort an Choirce, Co. Dhún na nGall.
    Teil: 074-35967

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, short-story writer, critic, anthologist and biographer. Currently preparing a major anthology of Irish language poetry of this century. He has taken prizes for poetry, the short story and literary criticism, worked as research officer for Poetry Ireland and literary editor for Comhar.

    Publications:
    Poetry: Innilt Bhóthair, Cliseadh, Dubhthrian, Blaoscoileán, Crannóg agus Carn, Saothrú an Ghoirt and GarbhAchadh, (Coiscéim, 1981-1996). Anthology: Filíocht Uladh 1960-1985. Short Stories: Mar Atá, Biography Sir Samuel Fergusan. Forthcoming titles: Selection of poems of his own translation into English, Traverse, due late 1998.

    Available for:
    Generally available and can travel. Will facilitate workshops, read and discuss his own work, lecture on twentieth century Irish language poetry and adjudicate literary competitions.
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    Sheila O Hagan
    100 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
    Tel: 4750214 Fax: 6616528

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, teacher of Creative Writing and reviewer. Has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award 1991, Sunday Tribune / Hennessy Award for poetry 1992, Listowel Writers Week, 1990/1998. Has done the following workshops: Wormwood scrubs prison , Writer-in-residence County Kildare, Inner-city-schools-Westland Row , Radio workshop for prisoners on 98FM MA in Theatre and Drama , BA Hons. Eng. Lit., Research assisstant, Dip. AD Fine Arts.

    Publications:
    The Peacocks Eye, (Salmon Poetry, 1992), The Troubled House, (Salmon/Poolbeg, 1995) Edited: Under Brigids Cloak, an anthology of Kildare Writing, (Kildare County Council,1994). Poetry Anthologies: Ireland’s Women, Poetry Now, The Clifden Anthology, Dublines, Agenda, A Part of Ourselves. Journals: The Irish Times , The Observer , The Sunday Tribune , The Irish University Review, Poetry Ireland , Cyphers , Force 10 , The Honest Ulsterman , Poetry Wales , Poetry Canada , Poetry Australia , Critical Quarterly , etc..
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    Phil O Keefe
    5 Landscape Gardens, Churchtown, Dublin 14.
    Tel: 2982869

    Brief Biography:
    Accepted by the Arts council for their Writers-in-school programme, has read in public libraries and was invited to read for the German/Irish Society in Bonn. Has facilitated a writers workshop for 2 years with Dundrum VEC. Currently writing a novel.

    Publications:
    Publications: Down Cobbled Streets (Brandon, 1995) Standing at the Crossroads (Brandon, 1997).

    Available for:
    Interested in reading for adults or children.
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    Michael O Loughlin
    c/o The Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Also: Seaspray, Sandycove Point, Sandycove, Co. Dublin.
    Tel: 01-2852013. Mobile: 088-214-8589.

    Brief Biography:
    Poet and reviewer. Has published four collections of poetry; reviews and essays.

    Publications:
    Poetry: Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary, Atlantic Blues, (Raven Arts Press), Diary Of A Silence, (Raven), New And Selected Poems, (Littlewood/Arc). Translation: Hidden Weddings/Gerrit Acherterg, Essay:After Kavanagh.

    Available for:
    Readings/talks. Will travel anywhere if expenses are provided.
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    Nessa O Mahony
    5 Walnut View, Brookwood, Scholarstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.
    Tel: 01-4938433/088-2780994

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, radio presenter and editor of quarterly online literary magazine, Electric Acorn. Born in Dublin; has worked in journalism and public relations. Poetry has appeared in a number of Irish, UK, Italian and American magazines/periodicals and been broadcast by RTE. She presents a weekly radio programme for Anna Livia FM, is administrator of the Dublin Writers Workshop website and teaches Creative Writing workshops for adults and children. Has been winner of The National Womens Poetry Competition; Shortlisted for The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award; Shortlisted for The Sunday Tribune/Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards.

    Publications:
    Poetry collection; Bar Talk, (iTaLiCs Press, 1999)

    Available for:
    See above. One month’s notice required. Prepared to travel throughout the country.
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    Gerry O Malley
    Old Conna Village, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
    Tel: 2823256.

    Brief Biography:
    Full-time writer. Has had plays and stories on BBC and RTE. A stage version of Death of a Dog was his first play for the professional theatre. Member of the Writers Union, has run workshops in writing and has read from his works at a number of venues. Member of Poetry Irelands Writers In Schools scheme.
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    Patricia O Reilly
    Sharavogue, 32 Goatstown Rd., Dublin 14.
    Tel: 01-2962285. e-mail : media@indigo.ie

    Brief Biography:
    Has come the route of freelance journalism to writer, broadcaster, course facilitator.

    Publications:
    Dying with Love (Veritas) Writing for the Market (Mercier) Earning Your Living from Home (Marino) Working Mothers (Wolfhound) Several short stories in running for Hennessy Short Story Award.

    Available for:
    Would like to work with teenagers / adults.
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    Peter O Shaughnessy
    Rivermead, Cheriton, Hants S024 0QA, England.
    Tel: 0044 1962 771634.

    Brief Biography:
    One of the leading directors in the world of the plays of Samuel Beckett. Member of the Bristol old Vic Theatre Company. Has given lectures for the British Council. Served in Canada for two years as Director of Drama Department.

    Publications
    The Restless Years, A Rum Story, The Gardens of Hell, The Fabulous Journey of Mac Con Glin, Cons Fabulous Journey, Rebellion in Wicklow.
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    Michael O Sullivan
    5 Glendalough Park, The Lough, Cork City.
    Tel: 021-966273
    Brief Biography:
    Poet and teacher of Creative Writing. Born in Cork City in 1959. Graduate of U.C.D. Has won the Cloverdale Prize for poetry (USA)
    Publications
    The Physics Of Parting, (Wyndham Hall Press/Cloverdale Library, USA). Has published three collections of poetry and had work featured in numerous anthologies in Ireland, Britain and the US.

    Workshops:
    Extensive experience facilitating workshops in Ireland, Greece and the US.

    Available for:
    Generally available for workshops and readings.
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    Tom Phelan
    c/o Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1,
    or Tel:1-516-3785619 Fax: 1-516-378-0629
    e-mail:glanvil2@aol.comWebsite: http://members.aol.com/glanvil2

    Brief Biography:
    Novelist. His novels of Ireland have been published in four countries and three languages; his first novel was chosen by the american bookstore chain Barnes & Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was published by Liliput 1993.

    Publications:
    In the Season of Daisies , Lilliput, 1993, Iscariot, (Brandon 1995, Franz SchneekluthVerlag, 1997) The Brandon Book of Irish Short Stories , (Brandon 1998) , Derrycloney, Brandon, 1999.

    Available for:
    Readings and workshops. Would prefer not to work with children under 10
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    Marjorie Quarton
    Annagh, Ballycommon, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
    Tel: 067-31494. e-mail: mquarton@tinet.ie

    Brief Biography:
    Journalist, farmer, and writer was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in 1930. As well as her literary publications she has written regularly for the Farmers Journal and other farming publications.

    Publications
    Novels: Corporal Jack, (Collins h/b 1987); No Harp Like My Own, (Collins h/b 1989); The Keepsake. Work in progress. Memoirs: Breakfast The Night Before, (Recollections of an Irish Horse Dealer); (André Deutsch illus h/b 1989. Book Club 1989); Saturdays Child, (André Deutsch 1993). Standard Works on Dogs: The Farm Dog, (privately published, 1981); All About the Working Border Collie, (Illus h/b Pelham Books, 1986). The Working Border Collie, (TFH Publishers, N. Jersey, USA, 1998); Humorous: One Dog and His Man, (Illus p/b. Blackstaff Press, 1984); One Dog and His Trials, (Illus. Blackstaff Press, 1986); One Dog, His Man and His Trials, (Farming Press, 1993). For Children: The Cow watched the Battle, (Poolbeg Press 1990); The Other Side of the Island, (Poolbeg Press, 1991).

    Available for:
    Would prefer to work within 100 miles of home.
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    Damian Quinn
    1 Bracken Court, Tamlaght Road, Omagh, Tyrone BT78 5RX.
    Tel: 01662-411369

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, leader of Omagh Writers Group; readings throughout Ireland. Recipient of several awards and prizes including a NI Arts Council Literature Award 1996.

    Publications:
    The Drowning Pool, (Lapwing, 1992). Devils Heaven, (Loxwood Stoneleigh, 1995).
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    Moya Roddy
    c/o Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Sq., Dublin 1.
    Tel: 01-8721302

    Brief Biography:
    Author, television and screenplay writer, has just finished her second novel, Body And Soul. Her short stories appear in several anthologies. Commissioned to write screenplays. TV work includes Opening Up The Family Album and also diverse reports and several episodes of Upwardly Mobile.

    Publications:
    Novels: The Long Way Home and Body And Soul

    Available for:
    Readings and workshops.
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    Martin Roper
    45 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
    Tel: 01-8366297

    Brief Biography:
    Teacher, short story writer, lecturer. Graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in non-fiction writing (1998). Has given many lectures/workshops both here and in the US:, including a summer writing workshop, (Iowa, 1995); Short story reading and lecture series, (1995); reading series at Quad City Arts, (Davenport, Iowa, 1995); International literature Course (1994).

    Publications:
    Shortlisted for The Sunday Tribune / Hennessy Award 1991, for best short fiction for the story: The Book.
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    Gabriel Rosenstock
    37 Arnold Grove, Glenageary, Co. Dublin.
    Tel: 01-8734700/2901 Fax: 01-2840803

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, Haikuist, translator, the author / translator of over 80 books.

    Publications:
    Rogha Rosenstock, (Cló lar-Chonnachta, 1994 ) Bróg Khruschev agus Scéalta Eille, (1998) Edited A Treasury of Irish Love, (Hippocrene Books, New York, 1998). Translated: Selected short stories of Pádraic Breathnach, The March Hare, (CIC 1994) Selected tales of Dara ó Conaola , Night Ructions, (CIC and Forest Books 1990) Also translated into Irish.

    Available for:
    Specifically available for Haiku workshops, English or Irish. To travel on train routes only.
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    Graham Rodes
    53 Marsden Road, Tockwith, Nr. York, North Yorkshire, YO5 8PR
    Tel: 01423 358576
    website: http://www.tmplr.com/graham/index.htm

    Brief Biography:
    Rock ‘n roll poet, does stand-up as support for musicans etc.

    Publications:
    History: Footprints in the Mud of Time Poetry: More Poems About Sex n Drugs n Rock n Roll and Some Other Stuff.

    Available for:
    Literature and music festivals.
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    Janet E. Sahafi
    97 Mountain View, Naas, Co. Kildare.
    Tel: 045-894187

    Brief Biography:
    Master of science in education; focus-literature, taught in English Departments of 2 university colleges in the States, a trained psychotherapist, completed 10 short stories, poetry, a play The Unravelling (performed at the Beckett Theatre), 2 books published.

    Publications:
    Poetry: Childs Play (Bellingham Literary Review, Washington State ). Novel: Jigsaw (Poolbeg Press, 1999) Non-fiction: Healing the Pasts, (Poolbeg Press 1987).

    Available for:
    Prefers dealing with adults or those in late teens; an experienced workshop presenter.
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    Denis Sexton
    Barrettstown, Newbridge, Co, Kildare.
    Tel/Fax: 045-433291

    Brief Biography:
    Playwright, short story writer. Plays broadcast by RTE including a number of scripts for Play of the Week. Comedy material broadcast by RTE including material for Dermot Morgan et al. Pieces written and presented on Sunday Miscellany. Winner of Ian James Award (Short stories); Dunguaire Castle Script Award.
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    Olive Sharkey
    Gaulmoylestown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
    Tel: 044-72264

    Brief Biography:
    Founder of Magpie Publications in 1989, Taught creative writing at An Grianan and Multyfarnham College. Novels, short stories and factual books are main areas of interest.

    Publications:
    Old Days, Old Ways (O Brien Press 1985), published in Australia as Common Knowledge, (Syracuse University Press). Also published: Nature Spy, Country Cameos, Four Swans Country.

    Available for:
    Workshops only, preferably with adults.
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    Knute Skinner
    (Mar.-Sept.) Killaspuglonane, Lahinch, Co. Clare.
    Tel: 065-72064.
    (Sept.-Mar.) 1007 Queen Street, Bellingham, WA 98226.
    Tel: 360-7349781 (H), 360-6503217 (W).

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, published in at least 50 anthologies and over 500 issues of periodicals. He has taught literature and poetry writing at Western Washington University, where he is a Professor of English. He has also taught poetry workshops for the Washington Poets Association, and at a number of American universities. In Ireland he has taught workshops in Ennistymon and at the Kerry International Summer School. He has read at over 100 hundred universities, high schools, festivals etc. Skinner divides his residence between County Clare and Bellingham, Washington, USA.

    Publications:
    Poetry: The Cold Irish Earth: Selected Poems of Ireland, 1965-1995, (Salmon Publishing, 1996). What Trudy Knows and Other Poems, (Salmon Publishing, 1994). The Bears and Other Poems, (Salmon Publishing, 1991). Learning to Spell Zucchini, (Salmon Publishing, 1998). Selected Poems, (Aquilla Press, 1985). Hearing of the Hard Times, (Northwoods Press, 1981). A Close Sky over Killaspuglonane, (Dolmen Press, 1968; 2nd ed., Burton International, 1975). Stranger with a Watch, (Golden Quill Press, 1965). Poetry Chapbooks: An Afternoon Quiet and Other Poems, (Pudding House Publications, 1998). The Cold Irish Earth, (Trask House, 1993). The Flame Room, (The Folly Press, 1983). The Sorcerers: A Laotian Tale, (Goliards Press, 1972). In Dinosaur Country, (Pierian Press, 1969).
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    Breda Sullivan
    Kilmore, Streete, Co. Westmeath.
    Tel: 043-85115

    Brief Biography:
    Full-time poet, housewife, gardener. Winner of various competitions, she is a member of Granard Writers Group and co-founder of the Edgeworth Literary Weekend.

    Publications:
    Poetry: A Smell Of Camphor, (Salmon, 1992) After The Ball, (Salmon, 1998).

    Available for:
    Prepared to work with adults or children.
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    Carolyn Swift
    121 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4.
    Tel: 01-6603543/087-409369

    Brief Biography:
    Came to Dublin in 1946 to act in the Gate Theatre. Has written for children, radio, film and the music industry. Founded the Pike Theatre in Herbert Lane, Editor of Afternoon Television Programmes. Ballet critic for The Sunday Independant and The Irish Times. Has won 2nd prize in one-act play competition, Listowel Writers Week, 1978, for The Ted’s Last Stand. Awards for lyrics: 1st Prize for Why did they go? 5th Prize for No-one knows 4th Prize for So Many People.

    Publications:
    Number of books published , along with stories and lyrics. Theatre: The Millstone, with Alan Simpson. Series and Serials: Finnegans Break, Harbour Hotel, Not So Green, miscellaneous programmes, dramatisation of The Girl From Mayo short story, adaptations, plays on the radio. Scripting for the stage, revues, plays , puppet plays, compilations, rock pantomime: Aladdin and his Wonderful Dream Lamp.
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    Nesta Tuomey
    Tully, Ballinteer Road, Dublin 16.
    Tel: (01) 298 1284. Mobile: 086 231 7441
    Fax: (01) 296 1158.

    Brief Biography:
    Novelist, short story writer, playwright; married and lives in Dublin with her family. Educated at Sacred Heart Convent and NCAD.Worked as air hostess with Aer Lingus. Started out writing for radio. Winner of O.Z. Whitehead One Act Play Competition, 1996, for Whose Baby; Winner of the John Power Short Story Award, Listowel; Winner of the Image/Oil Of Ulay Short Story Competition.

    Publications:
    Novel:Up Up And Away, (1995) Plays: Whose BabyHer plays and short stories have been published widely in magazines and broadcast by both BBC and RTE.

    Available for:
    Prepared to read from her work; will travel to Cork, Kerry, Galway and Belfast.
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    Colin Vard
    Arklow, Ballyrush, Co. Wicklow.
    Tel: 0402- 91033

    Publications:
    Trail of Tears; The Pirate Queen; Blood Beyond the Keyhole; The Heart Broker; Titania; Princess Finola; Dastardly Dragons; The La De Das; The Word Wizard; The Dance of the Charlatan; The Popes Commandos; Hang Me and be Damned.

    Available for:
    Prefers working with chidren over 10 and adults.
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    William Wall
    Roanmore, Model Farm Road, Carrigrohane, Co. Cork.
    Tel: 021-341371

    Brief Biography:
    Poet, novelist, reviewer. Teaches English at Presentation College Cork. Writes as Bill Wall and Ellen Regan for children(8-10 year olds). Currently in negotiation with agents for 2 novels: Alice Falling and Minding Children. Won the Patrick Kavanagh Award 1995, American Ireland Fund/Writers Week Poetry Collection Prize 1996, for Mathematics & other poems American Ireland Fund / Writers Week Individual Poem 1997, In Xanadu (Phoenix Irish Short Stories, Phoenix, London)1998, American Ireland Fund / Writers Week Short Story Prize 1998, Shortlisted Fish Short Story Prize 1998.

    Publications:
    As William Wall: Mathamatics & Other Poems , (Collins Press, Cork,) 1996.Reviews for The Irish Times, The Examiner and Local Ireland (Internet Magazine). Etty Fitz & Jack Crowe , (Scrap Magic, Fish, Cork) 1998. As Bill Wall (Childrens, 10-15 yr olds): The Powder Monkey Trilogy -The Powder Monkey (1996), The Slave Coast (1997), The Cove of Cork (1998), The Boy Who Met Hitler (1999). That Black Day (2000). As Ellen Regan: The Mystery of the Lusitania (Spring 1999). The Titanic & The Mystery Ship (Spring 1999).
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    Macdara Woods
    3 Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

    Brief Biography:
    Has been writing poetry since the early sixties, published nine books. His work has been translated into French, Portugese, Russian, Arabic, Serbocroat, Spanish, German and Korean; two collections translated into Italian. He has collaborated with musicians including Brendan Graham, has read and broadcast his poems in Europe, US and elsewhere, has been founding co- editor of the distinguished Irish literary magazine, Cyphers.

    Publications:
    Early Morning Matins. (Gallery 1972) Stopping The Lights at Ranelagh. (Dedalus) Ms Moon. (Dedalus) The Hanged Man Was Not Surrendering. (Dedalus 1993) The Country of Blood-Red Flowers. (Dedalus 1994)
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    Enda Wyley
    Apt 12, Cassel Hse, Patrick St, D.8.

    Brief Biography:
    Born in Dublin in 1966. Poet and teacher. Poetry has been translated into Dutch, Italian and German. Has broadcast her work in Europe and Australia. Writer in Residence at Melbourne University 1996. Has conducted writing workshops for children and poetry workshops for adults. Runner up in British National Poetry Competition 1992; Vincent Buckley Memorial Award 1996; Arts Council Literature Bursary 1997.

    Publications:
    Eating Baby Jesus, ( Dedalus Press 1994 ) Socrates in the Garden, ( Dedalus Press 1998 )

    Available for:
    Childrens writing workshops and creative writing classes for adults.
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