Book Launch – Leanne O’Sullivan ‘A Quarter of an Hour’

Leanne O’Sullivan has published three collections with Bloodaxe Books. Her second collection Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009) draws on myths from her native West Cork and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010. In 2009, O’Sullivan was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011. Her work has been included in various anthologies, including Selina Guinness’s The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) and Billy Collins’s Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003). This event is the launch of her fourth collection A Quarter of an Hour.

A quarter of an hour
“In 2013, Leanne O’Sullivan’s husband Andrew suffered a severe infection in his brain …. When he finally woke it immediately became clear that his memory had been almost completely destroyed; he didn’t even know his wife. More present and visual to him were the birds and wild animals that he believed he could see during his recovery …. This became the starting point for poems that deal not simply with personal memory and recovery, but also the ways in which, collectively, even globally, we are trying (or not) to save entire species of plants and animals that we are now actually losing because of human activity. Nature has a voice that can speak back. “
–Bloodaxe Books#


Tuesday 13th February 2018. Admission: €5 or FREE with book purchase. Tickets available at the door.

Poet Leanne O'Sullivan Reading

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