Stephen Sexton will be onstage at the Marketplace Theatre and joined by Kathleen McCracken on screen in the Marketplace Theatre. This hybrid event will be streamed online.
Presented in Association with Poetry Ireland.
Stephen Sexton has a long association with the Society. A former bursary student, he has taken part in readings at Hewitt’s Spring Festival and the John Hewitt Birthday Readings alongside the late poet Ciáran Carson. A QUB Seamus Heaney Centre graduate, he now lecturers on its Creative Writing programme. His debut pamphlet, Oils, (Emma Press, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Winter Pamphlet Choice. His debut poetry collection, When all the World and Love Were Young, (Penguin, 2019) has won many accolades including, Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Shine/Strong Prize for Best First Collection, The E M Forster Award, Sunday Times, New Statesman and Telegraph Book of the Year, and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the John Pollard Poetry Prize.
Kathleen McCracken is Canadian and the author of eight collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, and a bilingual English/Portuguese edition entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems. A finalist for the WB Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition, the Montreal International Prize for Poetry, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and the CBC Poetry Prize, in 2019 she won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. Kathleen Lecturers in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature at Ulster University, N. Ireland.
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