A CELEBRATION FOR POETRY DAY IRELAND 2021
With readings from Victoria Kennefick and Yeats Society Sligo Poet-in-residence Jessica Traynor, Thursday 29th April 2021 7pm via our FaceBook page.
Victoria Kennefick’s first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, is published by 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, Poetry News, Prelude, Copper Nickel, The Irish Times, Ambit, bath magg, Banshee and elsewhere.
Jessica Traynor will continue as Yeats Society Sligo poet-in-residence 2021-2022. We are delighted that she will be working with us once again and thank her for her thoughtful and considered help and for her performances and new works during the past year.
Jessica Traynor is a poet, essayist and librettist. Her debut collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award and in 2016 was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. Her second collection, The Quick, was a 2019 Irish Times poetry choice. A Place of Pointed Stones, a pamphlet commissioned by Offaly County Council, was published by The Salvage Press in 2021.
Awards include the Hennessy New Writer of the Year, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and the Listowel Poetry Prize. In 2016, she was named one of the ‘Rising Generation’ of poets by Poetry Ireland.