Reading with Moyra Donaldson and Gerard Hanberry
Moyra Donaldson is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet and creative writing facilitator from County Down. She has published seven collections of poetry including Selected Poems. Her awards include awards from the Women’s National Poetry Competition, The Allingham Award, the Cúirt New Writing Award, North West Words Poetry Award and the Belfast Year of the Writer Award. She has received four awards from ACNI, including the ACES award in its inaugural year. Moyra’s work has also been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies in Europe, Australia and the USA.
Her poems have featured on BBC Radio and television and on American national radio and television. She has read at festivals in Europe, Canada and America.
Gerard Hanberry is an award-winning poet published by Salmon Poetry. His most recent collection ‘What Our Shoes Say About Us’ was published in 2014; a collection which ‘explores the fragility of existence in a world where greed, violence and the inevitability of death is counterbalanced by a tenderness found in a loving relationship’. He is currently working on his fifth collection, which is due out shortly.
He is also an author, biographer and musician. His biography of the family of Oscar Wilde, More Lives Than One – The Remarkable Wilde Family Through the Ages (The Collins Press, 2011)’, was recently translated into Croatian. His latest publication, On Raglan Road – Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them (The Collins Press, 2016), tells the story behind fifteen of Ireland’s favourite love songs. He was recently invited by RTÉ to come on board as a writer of their series The Search for Ireland’s Favourite Folksong’ Gerard Hanberry worked as a secondary teacher for many years and currently teaches a creative writing (poetry) module on the B.A. Connect at NUI Galway. Gerard is a member of the board of Galway Arts Centre. At Clifden Arts Festival, he will be reading a selection of poems from his four collections in addition to some new poems from his forthcoming collection.
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