Maria McManus (Ireland) has read twice at the John Hewitt Summer School, once in 2009 as part of a Lagan Press Showcase, and in 2018 with Ruth Carr. At The Hewitt’s Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas (2019), Maria took part in “Sky, you are too big...” with poets Viviana Fiorentino & Nandi Jola, to raise awareness of Larne House Visitors Group, a who offer support to those held in an asylum detention centre in Northern Ireland.
Maria was born in Enniskillen and lives in Belfast. Her debut collection, Reading the Dog (Lagan Press), was shortlisted for the 2007 Strong/Shine Award and Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. We Are Bone (2013) was also with Lagan and her latest collection, Available Light, was released by Arlen House in 2018. Maria is the brains behind the Poetry Jukebox project, which involves guest curators selecting poems that the public can access on the streets of Belfast, Dublin and, most recently at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
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